Polywood Outdoors lumber is made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE), UV-inhibited pigment systems, foaming compounds, and selected process additives. The HDPE primary raw material is derived from post-consumer bottle waste, such as milk and detergent bottles or other HDPE post industrial material. This material is cleaned by a decontamination process to a high purity level, which removes contaminants such as food residue, paper, and adhesives. It is then compounded into a rigid board stock material; with the finished product containing over 90% recycled plastic by weight, leaving you with eco friendly furniture.
Because HDPE outdoor dining settings and other products are made with a single, purified polymer, they are manufactured to exacting, reproducible specifications. They have exceptional resistance to corrosive substances, oil and fuels, insects, fungi, salt spray, and other environmental stresses. They do not absorb moisture; therefore, they will not rot, splinter, or crack. Our recycled outdoor dining furniture has excellent weathering resistance; however, as with other polyolefins, it is possible that the material will fade slightly over time. These products require no water proofing, painting, staining, or similar maintenance when used in many exterior applications.
Polywood Outdoors furniture lumber is made of HDPE plastic resin that has been purified and UV protected. It is generally cared for and cleaned with soap and warm water. For certain stains and additional cleaning power, a 1/3 bleach and 2/3 water solution can be used on the product without affecting the colour. Also, a popular method of cleaning outdoor dining furniture and other pieces is a high pressure power wash. (Not to exceed 1,500 psi, this is the equivalent of a car wash.) The surface characteristics of the product may require the use of a soft bristle brush to get into the creases.
The hardware used in the assembly and construction of our furniture is an 18-8 commercial grade stainless steel that has an additional Xylan® protective and cosmetic coating. Although the quality of the hardware has a high level of corrosive resistance, the hardware can show some signs of corrosion in salt air environments.
A practical solution to these signs of corrosion would be to wash the recycled outdoor dining furniture with soap and water. Use a soft bristle brush to scrub the corroding areas of the hardware. Also, use appliance touch up paint in the appropriate colour to protect the hardware. Appliance touch up paint can be purchased at local hardware stores.