If cared for properly, your outdoor furnishings will keep their beautiful appearance year after year. Here’s our crash course on how to maintain common exterior materials.
1. MESH & FABRIC Plastic-coated textiles stand up well to the elements. Clean them regularly with a softbristled brush and dish soap; rinse fully and allow to air-dry. Standing water can cause mildew to develop; eradicate it by spraying with a mild bleach solution and rinsing.
2. RATTAN & BAMBOO When lacquered, these sustainable natural materials can be used outdoors, but cover or keep inside when not in use. Clean as needed with a mild soapy solution; promptly wipe dry with a clean cloth.
3. POWDER-COATED METAL When plated with plastic, metal becomes weatherproof. Wash frequently with a microfibre cloth and soapy water; hose down and air-dry. To avoid rust, keep an eye out for nicks and scratches, and treat promptly with touch-up paint. Handle tough stains with a wax or cleaner intended for cars.
4. RESIN WICKER These woven plastic cords are totally waterproof but can trap dirt. Wash regularly using a soft-bristled brush and a non-foaming cleanser; hose down and air-dry.