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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

~~ Outdoor fabric care , part 2~~

Love those outdoor pillows.  They create an inviting place to sit & spruce up your tired looking furniture. 

Do you know how to clean your outdoor pillows & cushions?  Here is some information on care of your outdoor fabric.  Some tips may surprise you....

The majority of the fabric I use is Richloom Solarium Outdoor Fabric. Below are suggested care instructions and facts regarding outdoor fabric:

• 100% Spun Polyester

• Vacuum, Spot Clean With Water Free Agent, Professional Cleaning Recommended

• Made in USA

This outdoor fabric from Richloom is solution dyed (solution-dye process is when the color is manufactured into and throughout the fiber, the color is part of the finished fabric). This gives the fiber consistent and durable color that stands up in tough environments, such as sustained direct sunlight. This fabric will withstand 5,000 hours sunlight and is perfect for porches, patios, deck side, pool side and boat side. This fabric is durable, water repellent and mildew resistant; it is designed to withstand harsh environmental effects.

~Spun Polyester is a 100% polyester material that has a soft fabric feel. It is an easy care fabric but should be cleaned regularly to keep it looking fresh and new.

~Printed Spun Poly is the same fabric that has its pattern printed on the surface. As with all printing inks (even light-fast inks), fading will occur over time. This can be prevented with the regular application of Solar Shield® fabric protectant.

~Clean with 50% combination of water and mild soap or detergent. For stains, a mild solution of bleach may be used.

Do not use bleach on printed fabrics!
Outdoor fabric is available in the latest color trends for stylish outdoor rooms.

Customize your own outdoor pillows - you choose the fabric & size.

Monday, June 6, 2011

~~ Outdoor Fabric, part 1 ~~

When researching on how to care for outdoor fabric, I was surprised to find out what I thought you should do - was wrong.  For the next couple of days I will give you some info on how to take care of your outdoor pillows & cushions.  I'll start off with a "did you know?"....

Did you know that mold and mildew CANNOT grow on synthetic fibers (that's what outdoor fabric is made of)? It's not the cushions that are going moldy - it's the dirt and pollen caught in the fibers that the mold spores live and grow on. Keep them clean and you'll never have this problem.  (How to do that?  Check in tomorrow & I'll give you the full scoop.)

Outdoor Pillows & Custom Outdoor Pillows