Make the right choice for outdoor upholstery fabric
There are just a few things you should know about before buying outdoor upholstery fabric. You will have to look for fabric that is protected from the sun.The sun can be the most damaging element for fabric. Make sure it is UV protected!
The best fabric would be made from 100% solution dyed acrylic yarns. Solution-dying is the process of adding color to the fibers while they are in a liquid state. This process locks in the color for long life, easy cleaning and will retain its color and vibrancy for years.
Another consideration is that they highly breathable. In other words, do they dry quickly with only air exposure? Also they should be treated with a finish that will enhance water repellency. Another question to ask is will the fabric support the growth of mildew? Most outdoor fabrics should have a 5 year limited warranty.
One of the best ways to keep your outdoor fabric looking great for years is to hose it off every month with clean water. This will prevent any build up of dirt that might promote mildew. Fabrics that are of good quality only need a natural soap with cold to lukewarm water to clean.
When buying outdoor vinyl upholstery fabric that is to be used in the winter months, one of the things that has to be considered is the cold crack. This means at what temperate the vinyl will crack. There are cold crack vinyl that are rated -10, -20 up to -50 depending on where you live.
Outdoor uses can be camper backs, rail covers, barbecue covers, motor covers,patio furniture fabric etc. Vinyl with cold crack use are snowmobiles, seats, ski lift seats, truck seats, etc
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