The Advantages of Outdoor Fabrics
Outdoor fabrics are dyed and treated to withstand sunlight exposure and are fade-resistant. This is very important as untreated, natural fabrics will fade in the sun very quickly. Many outdoor fabrics are mold/mildew resistant which is essential if you live in a wet climate. Outdoor fabrics are also available in a variety of colours, prints and textures.
Where to Use Them
Outdoor fabrics are used for many projects including outdoor furniture upholstery, cushions, umbrellas, awnings, BBQ covers, and so much more!
How to Care for Outdoor Fabrics
Outdoor fabrics may be washed by hand in lukewarm water or machine washed in cold water. Mild detergent should be used such as Ivory Snow, Dreft or Woolite. It is important to make sure that the fabric is thoroughly rinsed and allowed to air dry. Ironing should be avoided as heat may damage the finishes on outdoor fabric. If necessary to iron, it should be done a low setting with no steam. It is always a good idea to test the iron on a small spot that will not be visible first.
For spot cleaning, use a spray bottle to apply a mist of mild soap and water. Work the solution into the stain by scrubbing with a sponge or soft bristle brush. Rinse thoroughly and either wet-vacuum or blot out the excess moisture with a soft towel or sponge. Allow the item to air dry.
Although many outdoor fabrics protect from mildew growth, mildew may grow on dirt so it is important to regularly clean outdoor fabrics.