From the poolside to sun rooms, we’ve got a break down of everything you need to know about outdoor fabrics and how to use them. Check it out:
Outdoor Fabric Types
All outdoor fabrics are woven with a mix of synthetic fibers and are also treated with a chemical process that makes them repel water and resist soiling. The two most common types are:
Solution-dyed 100% acrylic fabric
Solution-dyed 100% acrylic fabric is great for heavily used, high exposure outdoor areas like a pool or patio because it repels water and resists fading. The threads are dyed before they are woven into a fabric. New technology has done away with the stiff, crunchy fibers of 10 years ago–today outdoor fabric feels, looks and drapes like a luxurious textile that you would use inside of your home. Sunbrella designer Joe Reggiero says, “Today we’ve developed fabrics that look like damask, silk, worsted wool, cotton, linen…the choice is great and the maintenance factor–it’s heavy wear, easy care.” (Better Homes & Gardens)
100% acrylic fabric
More commonly known as indoor/outdoor fabric, acrylic fabric is great for areas that are open, but not directly exposed to the outdoor elements. It also works well in indoor spaces that get a lot of sunlight. The dying process for these fabrics colors just the top layer of threads. Acrylic fabric is still durable enough for some sun/outdoor elements exposure and comes in lots of sumptuous textures like velvet that look and feel so good that you’ll never be able to tell it’s indoor/outdoor.
Cleaning & Care
As always, it’s important to read the specific instructions that come with the fabric you’ve chosen. Most are washable and should be done so regularly to prevent mildew, which attaches itself to dirt particles. Clean your outdoor fabric in lukewarm water with a mild soap or detergent. Seat cushion fabric is easiest to clean when it is made with zipper closures so that you can remove it before washing. In addition to periodic cleaning, occasional repellency re-retreatment will keep the fabric from fading over the years.
For stubborn stains and mildew, soak the stained area with 1/2 cup of non-chlorine bleach for up to 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly before the fabric dries. Caution: Excessive soaking in bleach can deteriorate seam threads.
Inspiring Outdoor Decor
For more on cleaning and care, check out this video on cleaning Sunbrella fabrics to learn more:
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*Cleaning & care provided by DecoratorsBest is considered as suggestion, and we are not liable.