How does outdoor furniture withstand weather elements such as wind, rain, and humidity? The answer: high-tech materials, of course! Find out what most outdoor furniture is made of, and how to maintain it in tip-top condition.

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Polystrand wicker: It is produced by melting dyed polyethylene. It is hand-woven around an aluminium frame and protected with a powder coating that makes it resistant to tearing, UV rays, and various weather conditions.

Aluminium: It is light and used mainly as furniture legs. A layer of aluminium oxide stops oxidation so the metal doesn't corrode. 

Teak: It is coated with natural oil that rises to the surface and, when oxidised by contact with the air, produces grey tones that act as a protective film. Teak wood also repels small parasites.

Sunproof fabrics: These contain colour pigments that make them fade-resistant even when exposed to the sun and rain. Among the most popular is Sunbrella, a premium brand of weatherproof fabric first used for industrial-grade awnings, and later on for outdoor furniture. The fabric is protected against sunlight and mildew.

Viro fibre: This is a premium synthetic polyethylene fibre that is UV- and weather-resistant, 100 per cent recyclable, and resistant to chlorine and salt water. It is often used in wicker furniture.

Batyline fabric: It is a durable material consisting of polyester fibres coated with PVC.

Want to make it last? ​The general rule of thumb for any surface is to clean it immediately with warm soapy water and a cloth before the stain sets. For more specific tips, read these:

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  • For polypropylene, polyethylene, and weaved products, clean with water or a jet-spray if required. Stains may be removed by mild soap but refrain from abrasive solutions, which might damage the furniture.
  • For polyester fibre furniture, wash the mesh with a liquid dishwashing detergent and water. Use a soft-bristled brush, rinse, and dry with a cloth to avoid water stains settling on the stainless steel frames, if any. 
  • Teak wood should be cleaned regularly as mould and mildew can build up on its surface. Use a teak cleaner and a bristle brush to restore old, weathered teak. Apply a teak protector after the wood has dried.