Polywood is a synthetic alternative to teak wood. The material has been used for years in different applications. It is an ideal product for furniture making because it looks like a natural product but much cheaper and durable. Polywood is usually finished with stains to enhance some unique look, but will they fade?
Polywood is built to resist fading for years of enjoyment but it cannot completely prevent the discoloration of sunlight. UV inhibitors, which help resist sun damage, are used in the coating process. The color can be retouched or repainted to maintain the original appearance.
If you plan to leave your Polywood furniture outdoors we do not recommend you placing it in direct sunlight or leaving it outside during long days without covering, lest the color fade over time. Polywood completely weathers normal outdoor conditions, including rain, snow, wind, etc. and will last for many years.
How Long Will It Resist Fading?
The finish on Polywood furniture will resist fading for up to 15 years. It’s highly resistant to UV rays, and requires virtually no maintenance or upkeep. Polywood furniture is built to last for generations, and all of our products come with a 20-year warranty against breakage but take note that some warranty conditions may apply.
Can Polywood Be Painted Once It Fades?
Even though Polywood is UV protected, Poly furniture can still fade most likely after 15 years of continuous exposure to the sun. In this case, you can consider painting it to bring back its original color or to change the aesthetic of your furniture.
However, it is important to follow the proper way of painting Polywood since it does not absorb moisture – causing the stains or paints to flake off its surface.
Will Pressure Washing Cause It To Fade?
It is actually a good idea to use a pressure washer for the maintenance of your Poly furniture especially if you haven’t cleaned it for a year. Pressure washing will not necessarily cause it to fade because Polywood is a tough solid material with its color running continuously through every part of it.
It also does not have any coating unlike other materials that can be damaged by the high pressure. However, if the Polywood is already painted, you need to be extra careful and it usually takes a pro to do it without the paint being destroyed.
Another thing to remember is that the pressure should not exceed 1,500 psi, which is equivalent to the standard pressure used in a car wash.
Tips On Protecting Polywood From Fading
Polywood is an all-weather material, but covering it if not in use will keep it from fading for a longer period of time and will also make seasonal cleaning easier. On the other hand, if you do not have a tarp, cloth, or anything that can be used as a cover, you can at least place it in a shade. In this way, you can protect your Poly furniture from direct exposure to the sun.
It will still absorb indirect sunlight, but it is not that extreme to encourage fading.
Another way to prevent Polywood from fading is very simple yet effective. You need to use it. Because the more you use it, the less likely its color to fade. Basically, if you sit on your Poly furniture for example, then those chairs will be protected from direct sunlight even just for a while.
Moreover, regular cleaning is also a big help to prevent fading. When a Polywood furniture is left outdoors for a long period of time, it will attract dirt, dusts, and other debris which may accumulate and wear down the outer surface of the product, thus increasing the rate of fading.
Furthermore, you can add extra protection by applying UV protectant. These products act like a sunscreen that reflects the UVA and UVB of the sun, which are catalysts of fading. It is recommended to reapply UV protectant once every few months for maximum protection because its effects will wear off eventually.
By following these simple tips, you can protect your Polywood furniture/items from fading.
Is White Polywood Hard To Keep Clean?
Polywood is easy to clean. However, white Polywood as well as other light colors will require you to wash it more frequently to keep it vibrant. You have two options for cleaning your Polywood.
First is to use a mix of mild dish soap and water in a bucket. Secondly, you can use a mix of 1/3 bleach and 2/3 water and allow it to sit on the material for a few minutes to easily sanitize and eliminate stains and dirt build-up.
In conclusion, Polywood may fade after long years of use but it can be easily painted to bring back its beauty. Otherwise, you can just use regular cleaning to keep it in pristine condition and make sure that you cover it from direct exposure to the sun and elements for long periods of time.