How to Care for Outdoor Fabrics

You Have Beautiful Patio Cushions & Umbrellas: Take Care of Them and They’ll Last Years Longer!

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Dirty Cushions!

Fabrics that are specially made for outdoor use, such as for patio and pool cushions and pads, and also umbrella canopies and awnings, are very durable. However, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays will eventually break down even the toughest fabrics unless you protect them.

The most obvious form of UV damage is fading. When you notice the material has faded, the damage has already begun, and fiber deterioration is on the way. Here are a few tips to not only keep your cushions looking fresh and bright, but also to make them last many years longer than they would otherwise.



The absolute BEST thing you can do to extend the life of your cushions and pads is clean them. Click this link for cleaning instructions for various types of fabrics.

Did you know that mold and mildew CANNOT grow on synthetic fibers? It’s not the cushions that are going moldy – it’s the dirt, pollen and our dead skin cells caught in the fibers that the mold spores live and grow on. Keep them clean and you’ll never have this problem!

We also sell a special patio furniture cleaner that can be used on fabrics, vinyl strapping, chair frames, and even grills!


Protect Fabrics from Fading and Ultra Violet Light Damage

UV light from the sun’s rays not only fades fabrics, but eventually destroys them. The fibers literally break down and fall apart over time. Some fabrics will last longer than others, but eventually the sun wins!

We have a product that is formulated specifically to protect fabrics from UV damage, fading and also to make them stain and soil resistant. Combining our fabric waterproofing product (tip 3 below) and this fabric protectant will provide a double layer of protection! Note that this product should not be used on vinyl fabrics.


Make Your Fabrics Waterproof

Waterproofing fabrics used for outdoor cushions and pads can help to prolong the life of the stuffing inside. It is not usually a necessary step, but will add extra protection.

We have a product specially formulated to waterproof outdoor fabrics. It can be used on awnings, tents, golf bags, umbrellas, or any other outdoor fabric that needs to be waterproof – even horse blankets! Combining our fabric protection product (tip 2 above) and the waterproofing product will provide a double layer of protection! Note that this product should not be used on vinyl fabrics.

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