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Taking care of your outdoor furniture

There’s no doubt that our New Zealand climate can be hard on outdoor furniture, and it’s also safe to say most New Zealanders are fans of outdoor living. We tend to design our houses to be as open to the outside as possible, and we create decks and terraces that can be used as outdoor rooms year-round.

So, when choosing outdoor furniture, you may want to consider whether it needs to withstand exposure to sun, rain and cold all year, or whether you intend to store it away during the worst of the winter weather. This will be determined very much by where you live in New Zealand, as those of us who live north of Auckland won’t be exposed to the snow and ice like those of us who live in and around Christchurch.

The patio, deck or garden furniture we sell at Modern Style is, of course, made for the outdoors. We design and manufacture our outdoor furniture to be water-resistant, so it’s okay if it does get wet. However, regardless of how weather-resistant our furniture is, it is still important to cover the cushions during driving rainstorms or protect them in truly inclement winter weather.

outdoor furniture that can get wet

Outdoor furniture is quite an investment, and you want to get it right, so you don’t have to replace it every other year.  At Modern Style, we sell beautiful, weatherproof outdoor furniture that can stay outside, in answer to “can outdoor furniture stay outside?” let’s look at various outdoor furniture we sell. To begin, let’s talk about outdoor furniture frames.

Is teak good for outdoor furniture?

Teak is resistant to harsh weather conditions because of its natural oil, silica and tight grain. All types of wood contain naturally occurring oils, but teak absorbs these oils after being cut down, so it can repel water as well as termites and insects. Because it is water resistant, teak furniture can be left outdoors all year round and continue to look good for many years to come. Teak furniture can be cleaned and sealed to maintain its natural colour or weathered to fade to a beautiful silvery grey.

And rattan furniture?

Our rattan outdoor furniture is made to withstand damaging UV rays and is also water-resistant. 

Synthetic rattan is lighter and stronger than natural rattan and resistant to all weather conditions. It’s resistant to UV light, so it won’t become brittle and crack, and colours won’t fade. It doesn’t swell, rot or get mouldy.

However, as with everything in life, the longevity of your rattan garden set will depend on the quality of fibre used. Cheaper rattan furniture will be weaker than rattan from a brand that invests in quality.

At Modern Style, we use highly durable Rino Rattan in our range of rattan outdoor furniture that can withstand being left outside all year round.

Does aluminium corrode in the rain?

Aluminium garden furniture is inherently anti-rust. When exposed to the elements, aluminium develops a microscopic layer of oxide on its exterior. It’s this oxide layer that acts as a barrier to prevent it from corroding.

The aluminium outdoor furniture we sell at Modern Style is highly resistant to cracking or other types of blemishes, unlike some cheaper metal options which are on sale online or in other New Zealand furniture shops. These simply aren’t rust-resistant enough, especially in salty coastal environments – most of New Zealand.

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What if the cushions get wet?

Comfort is just as important outside as it is inside. The whole point of garden furniture is to spend more time lounging and entertaining, and outdoor couches need cushions. In New Zealand, we ask a lot of our outdoor fabrics, and we sell Sunbrella® because it has proven to be up to the task.

Weatherproof fabric

When asking yourself “Can outdoor furniture stay outside?”, “Can outdoor furniture get wet?”, you need to differentiate between water-resistant and waterproof cushions. At Modern Style, we use weatherproof Sunbrella® fabric on our outdoor furniture fabric and cushions. Sunbrella® is treated to withstand the moisture, mould, mildew and the sun’s damaging rays. So yes, our outdoor furniture is weatherproof, but not 100% waterproof.

Long-life, all-weather cushions

Cushions made from French Sunbrella® look great all your round, even when they’re left outdoors. Fibres are saturated to the core with highly UV-stable pigments, so have long lasting colour that won’t fade or wash out. They can easily last up to a decade, twice the lifespan of most other performance fabrics.

Sunbrella feels like an “ordinary” interior fabric, but because they are produced from high-quality synthetic products, they have the longevity and fade resistance of an acrylic and the softness and good looks of cotton canvas. Acrylics don’t absorb water, they’re hydrophobic, and the ‘cotton-like’ weave of the fabric means moisture can escape even more easily and the fabric can breathe.

To top things off, a water-repellent finish is then applied to the fabric, and they are specially treated to prevent fungus growth.

Here comes the rain, again

If your outdoor cushions get wet, it is not a problem. Simply shake them off well and press down on them or place them on their sides in the sun. The cushions will dry relatively quickly.

What is quick dry foam?

Quick Dry Foam is the core foam we use in all our outdoor cushions. When it rains, water goes through the cushion cover and into the inner cushion. The Quick Dry Foam in the cushion has large open pores for maximum water drainage, air circulation and a quick drying process. 

Mildew and mould proof

Built in anti-microbial protection in the foam prohibits the growth of mould, mildew and fungus.

Enjoy your outdoor furniture for longer without having to replace cushions, worry about fading, racing around bringing cushions inside and out, needing extra cushion storage or loads of maintenance.

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