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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.

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