Wednesday, January 9, 2013

GT Winner and How To Keep Your Outdoor Decor Stain and Water Repellent

How To Keep Your Outdoor Fabrics Stain and Water Repellent to last many years.

What characterizes an outdoor fabric is its ability to repel stains, water and fading from the sun. This is done in manufacturing by using synthetic fibers and also a chemical treatment that causes water to bead when it lands on the fabric. This beading allows water to easily roll of the fabric thereby avoiding mildew and stains. But this chemical treatment in the fabric can break down over time. Here are some ways to keep your outdoor fabrics in shape and functioning for many years!

When your outdoor pieces are dry shake out the loose dirt often. Dirt aids in the breaking down of the chemical treatment.
Hose down the fabrics to remove any other lose dirt. A general wash of hosing down the fabrics should be done at least once a month.
Only allow to air dry. Do not wash and dry in a washing machine and dryer. 

The most important thing is keep the lose dirt off. So be sure to shake out your fabrics as often as possible. Vacuuming is also very helpful every once in a while.

I learned from that you turn any indoor fabric into outdoor fabric by first applying a waterproof spray and then reinforcing that by blow drying the curtain with a hair drying on its highest setting until fabric is dry. 

Here are some outdoor fabric recommendations.

Striped outdoor fabric from Decorate23.

Navy and white awning stripe from Decorate23.

Outdoor pillows from Lynn Chalk.

Outdoor pillow from Lynn Chalk.

Embroidered fish in white and navy from Joy By The Yard.

Stipe outdoor fabric from Joy By The Yard.

Think Spring and Summer and outdoors on this chilly January day. Enjoy your Wednesday, readers!


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