If you go shopping for modern patio furniture, you are going to find that it has changed dramatically in the last few years. For many years the most popular form of patio furniture was made from real wicker. This is a very durable natural material that has been used in making furniture for centuries. It does however require a fair amount of regular maintenance to keep it looking good, without it the wicker will start to fade and eventually will mildew and rot. Modern Patio Furniture Is Made from Long Lasting Resin Wicker Modern patio furniture still has the same look as the original wicker; however it is made from a hand woven resin wicker that is impervious to the effects of the weather. The resin is designed to retain its color and shape after many years in the sun and rain. The only thing you should ever have to do to maintain it, is wash it off with soap and water to remove the dirt occasionally.