As the name implies, outdoor furniture is designed and constructed to withstand being left outdoors. Depending on the model, it may utilize any of the following materials, but each is safeguarded to protect it from exposure to the elements:
-Resins: For Cosco Outdoor, resin products are comprised of plastic, usually polypropylene, with other materials added in for greater durability. Additionally, UV inhibitors are included to prevent fading and to help protect items from sun damage.
-Powder-Coated or E-Coated Steel: Both processes improve upon the strength of steel by providing corrosion resistance. Powder-coating is a dry finishing process where particles of color and resin are statically charged and magnetically attracted to the metal. A step up from powder-coating is electrophoretic deposition, or e-coating. This is a wet process where items are submersed in a solution of epoxy resins, paint and other water-based additives. E-coating provides more thorough coverage, especially in narrow or difficult to reach areas, but is costlier. After both processes, the item is cured, creating a durable and protective coating over the frame. If scratches or chips occur in the coating during use, rust can become a concern. There are several touch up options available online or at your local hardware store.
-Olefin Fabric: Olefin has the chemical name polypropylene fiber; it is an upcycled biproduct of oil production and is so stain resistant that in order to produce any color variations, dyes must be added while the polypropylene is in its liquid state. Additionally, it is comfortable, durable, does not easily fade in sunlight and is water-resistant.
-Tempered Glass: is a safety glass that is either thermally or chemically treated so that when broken, it shatters into small, blunt pieces rather than larger sharp ones. Tempering compresses the outer surfaces and creates tension in the interior.
-SmartWick: is a porous dry foam made from high-performing polyurethane. It contains antimicrobial properties, which when placed under the wicker, creates a comfortable cushion that is resistant to fading, mildew, odors, dirt and dust.
While each material has much to offer in terms of durability, that does not mean they are impervious to everything Mother Nature can think up. Depending on your location, there are several factors to consider, both when purchasing the right furniture and deciding how to store it.
- Winter: Most areas have an "off season," or time of year when sitting on the patio sipping lemonade is not as appealing as the couch with a blanket and some coffee. It might be as pleasant as a white Christmas, or it might be several inches of ice, but regardless, these are not the most ideal conditions for patio furniture. If this sounds like your backyard, please consider either covering your items or bringing them indoors during long periods of disuse.
- Beach: If you are lucky enough to live near the ocean and seldom see temperatures below the forties, please know that the salty sea air is cruel in its own way and can cause rust, break down resins and shorten the lifespan of patio furniture. Teak and HDPE products are widely considered to be some of the best materials for this environment, but they also come with a hefty price tag. Every item description should include materials; if powder-coated steel or polypropylene are more in line with your budget, please keep this in mind and understand that additional care may be needed to keep beach items vacation ready.
- Rain: There is no need to lug tables or chairs indoors every time there is a raincloud on the horizon, but please note that items that are kept dry will always last longer than those that are not.
Care and cleaning:
A damp cloth should be enough to ensure that materials are kept looking their best. If you have a go-to product you like to use, please know that doing so is done at your discretion. We do not test chemical cleaners on our items, and it would void the warranty, should damages occur.
We hope that Cosco products will grace your patio for many years. This is best realized when quality products are well taken care of and following the above guidelines will lengthen the time that they are serviceable.
Our products are meant to be enjoyed, and after years of use, normal wear and tear may get ahead of that damp cloth. Either a quick Google search or hours on Pinterest will bring to light some innovative ideas for reviving outdoor furniture and while can't make a recommendation for how these will perform, remember that it is always best to start with a discrete area before going all in. If you are within your warranty period, we are happy to look at the issue to see if it is covered, so please check with us first.