Here are our tips to care for your Hadeda purchase – as with all our carefully hand-picked pieces, they are expertly crafted from natural materials, requiring special care to ensure they last for years to come.
Cane Furniture Care Tips
Our Malawi Cane Furniture is made from sustainable natural resources using the centuries-old traditional craft of cane weaving.
These decorative objects and furniture pieces can be used outside, but should be stored undercover during wet weather and winter months.
Some items (especially if situated near the coast and exposed to heavy mist) can form dark spots from prolonged exposure to water and/or metal. The best ways to restore this is with Oxalic Acid. You can buy it from any hardware store – then simply dissolve it in water and brush the affected area. Put it out in the sun to dry and re-varnish it, if you had a varnished product.
Over-exposure to high-intensity sunlight can cause cane to dry out and become brittle. We suggest keeping them in the shade under a covered terrace, or canopy during the hottest weather.
Cotton hand-woven and hand-block printed textile wash care advice
Our hand-crafted textile collection of quilts, cushions and mattresses are created in both Africa and India by carefully sourced teams of artisan weavers and hand-block printers.
Using 100% cotton, our hand-woven throws and cushions can be machine washed on a cool, 30-degree gentle cycle. Reshape and dry flat away from direct heat. Do not dry clean or tumble dry.
Any irregularities in design are part of their artisan-made charm and reflect the hand-made qualities of our pieces.
The natural dyes used in our hand-block printed fabrics mean no two colours will be exactly the same, even if created from the same batch. Once the fabric is printed it is dried naturally outside, giving the designs a beautiful, sun-washed quality.
Our mattresses and bench seat pads, sold alongside our cane furniture are 100% hand-woven cotton, filled with 100% natural kapok (a West African tree, similar to cotton). They are not designed to be washed, however they can be spot cleaned with non-bleach products, or simply use water. If they do get wet, dry naturally and laid flat. Re-shape and air outside on a sunny day if they have been stored over winter.
Hand-woven basket cleaning tips
Our woven basket collection is created for us in Ghana, using native grasses, dyed using natural pigments.
Due to their hand-woven nature our baskets are unique and will never be a ‘uniform’ shape, however if they get squashed or misshapen, a simple spritz with water and a gentle reshape should restore them.
Keep your baskets in a dry location, they can develop mould if stored somewhere damp or overly humid.
If using your basket as a plant holder ensure you line it with plastic, or place your plant on a plate at the base of your basket.
A brush with a natural-bristle brush will remove any dust or dirt from your basket if you want to give it a spring clean.
Keep out of strong, direct sunlight as the natural pigment used to dye the grasses will fade over time.