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Everything You Need to Know About Outdoor Fabric

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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

Poolside Outdoor Decor

Duralee Fabric - 72044-411 Bermuda
Duralee Fabric – 72044-411 Bermuda
Surya Pillow - ZZ418
Surya Pillow – ZZ418
Scalamandre Fabric - Bamboo Grove - Greens on Ivory 16500-001
Scalamandre Fabric – Bamboo Grove – Greens on Ivory

Pink Patio Outdoor Decor

Ryan Studio Pillow - Mandella - Orkid
Ryan Studio Pillow – Mandella – Orkid
Surya Pillow - ZZ425
Surya Pillow – ZZ425
Fabricut Fabric - Schooner - Grenadine
Fabricut Fabric – Schooner – Grenadine
B. Berger Pattern 71061 - Melon
B. Berger Pattern 71061 – Melon
Pindler & Pindler Fabric - Harrow - Fresa 8705-Fresa
Pindler & Pindler Fabric – Harrow – Fresa
Pindler & Pindler - Delaney - Ivory Pdl 3761-Ivory
Pindler & Pindler – Delaney – Ivory

Sunroom Design Decor Outdoor

S. Harris Outdoor Sheer - Flair - Snow 8491301
S. Harris Outdoor Sheer – Flair – Snow 8491301
Duralee Fabric - 15412-272 Lake Blue
Duralee Fabric – 15412-272 Lake Blue
Duralee Fabric - 15432-99 Blueberry
Duralee Fabric – 15432-99 Blueberry
Pindler & Pindler Fabric - Murphy - Glacier Pdl 1758
Pindler & Pindler Fabric – Murphy – Glacier
Pindler & Pindler Fabric - Playa - Ivory
Pindler & Pindler Fabric – Playa – Ivory
Ryan Studio Pillow - Tortola - Marine
Ryan Studio Pillow – Tortola – Marine
Surya Pillow - ZZ405
Surya Pillow – ZZ405
Surya Pillow - ZZ427
Surya Pillow – ZZ427
Outdoor Space Decor
Outdoor Space Decor
Pindler & Pindler Fabric - Oasis - White Pdl 3883-White
Pindler & Pindler Fabric – Oasis – White
Schumacher Fabric - Trellis Print - Marine 174235
Schumacher Fabric – Trellis Print – Marine
Ryan Studio Pillow - Peacock Print - Pool
Ryan Studio Pillow – Peacock Print – Pool
Ryan Studio Pillow - Super Paradise - Pool
Ryan Studio Pillow – Super Paradise – Pool

For more on cleaning and care, check out this video on cleaning Sunbrella fabrics to learn more:

Related Articles:

Outdoor Decor: Poolside Lounging

4 Types of Outdoor Spaces & How to Decorate Them

How to Use Outdoor Fabric Inside

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*Cleaning & care provided by DecoratorsBest is considered as suggestion, and we are not liable.

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