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For out­door fab­rics, look for syn­thetic olefin fi­bres, says

Cameron War­wick, joint man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of War­wick Fab­rics. “They have ex­cel­lent UV-block­ing agents to pro­tect against fad­ing, as well as a mi­cro­scopic ‘shield’ around each fi­bre to keep it dry and clean, which pro­tects against mould and mildew.”

Other op­tions in­clude acrylic can­vas, a bit more ex­pen­sive but durable. Treated polyesters are af­ford­able but can be stiff and may fade. To keep out­door soft fur­nish­ings look­ing their best, keep them out of di­rect sun when not in use, ad­vises War­wick. Ro­tate their po­si­tions, vac­uum reg­u­larly and spot-clean spills as soon as pos­si­ble.

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