How to Maintain and Protect the Fabric in Your Outdoor Furniture
The outdoors is very much the place to be during those breezy warm summers. The warm seasons call for everyone to spend time in their gardens, porches and by a pool. During these season it is vital to have attractive and practical furniture as a part of the decor. However, some people are a little reluctant to invest in furniture for the outdoors, mainly because of the regular maintenance. This simple guide will help you protect and maintain your fabric in furniture without too much trouble.
Removing Fabric off The Furniture
You have to give priority to the fabric of the furniture first as this is one of the first things that is likely to be damaged and dirty. The only way you can protect it is by removing it. For those which are not removable, you can use a slip on cover to protect it from rain, dust and even small insects. If the cushions are removable then you can easily remove the fabric in them and wash them.
Clean the Fabric and Upholstery
When it comes to the upholstery, you must thoroughly clean them with either a laundry detergent or dish soap and warm water. It is best not to use harsh chemicals as these can wear the fabric easily. Scrub the fabric and let the soap sink in.
Rinse and Dry
The next step in protecting the fabric is to rinse the detergents off using a hose as this will dilute the chemicals and make it come off easily. If it’s not possible to use a hose, you can also soak a towel in water and rinse it off the fabric. Make sure after it is thoroughly rinsed to dry it off completely. Having wet or damp fabric and upholstery can reduce the effectiveness of protection on the furniture and there is a very high chance of developing mildew.
Use a Fabric Protector
Finally, apply a fabric protector on to the fabric to protect it from any discoloration. You can find fabric protector sprays in most stores that sell cleaning supplies or home appliances. Reapply this fabric protector at the beginning of each season to minimize damage. If you want to keep your cushions outside, make sure that they are firmly in place by strapping them with some Velcro on to the furniture. You would not want your cushions to be blown away by strong gusts of wind. You could also store them away indoors in a non-plastic bag to ensure that mites or mildew does not build up over time.