Fun in the sun means outdoor fabrics. Whether you are making cushions, sewing a grill slipcover or stitching up a tote bag, all of these projects require outdoor fabrics. These rough and tumble fabrics are made to withstand the elements and come in a variety of weights. Most are a synthetic blend that require special attention when maintaining. Use these tips to keep your outdoor fabrics looking great!
1. Wipe away your troubles. A quick wipe to clear dust and dirt after use keeps outdoor fabrics looking fantastic. Mix up a solution of 1/4 cup mild dish soap per gallon of lukewarm water and wash the fabric using a sponge. Allow the detergent to soak into the fabric, then rinse thoroughly. This same solution can be used if a stain appears as well.
2. Air it out! After washing, always allow the fabric to air dry. Outdoor fabric should not be placed in the dryer unless the manufacturer’s instructions specifically state that the fabric will hold up to it.
3. To bleach or not to bleach? Some outdoor fabrics can be disinfected with bleach. Check the manufacturer’s instructions first. If the fabric can withstand bleach, machine-wash it in cold water with mild detergent and one cup of bleach at most.
4. Repel for a spell. To increase the water repellency some outdoor fabrics have been coated in special finishes. Keep this finish maintained by regularly applying spray fabric guard. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions to choose the right spray.
5. Don’t fade away! Apply a UV block before applying a fabric guard to protect the outdoor fabric from color fading. Read the manufacturer’s directions for application directions.
Use these tips to keep your outdoor fabric projects looking good for years to come. Outdoor fabrics are available for purchase at fabric.com.