Protect Outdoor Furniture from the Sun

In Arizona, there is no escaping the sun. It bears down us relentlessly during summer months causing us to retreat indoors or into our swimming pools for relief. But the sun also can take a toll in other ways around the pool area. Patio furniture often takes the brunt of the sun all day and the effects soon become obvious with color fading, dried out cushions that tear easily, or faded finishes on wood furniture. Here are some suggestions for protecting your outdoor furniture.

Fabric
If you are going to use fabric covered cushions on your outdoor patio furniture, there are few things you can do to help protect them. Perhaps the most obvious is to purchase covers for your furniture or store you cushions away when they are not in use. The type of fabric makes a difference as well. For natural blends try to get cushions covered with cotton or wool blends. Fabric blends with nylon and polyester are usually less likely to fade. There are fabrics that are specifically designed to withstand the sun such as SunBrella and SolarWeave.

Wood
Sun can cause outdoor wood furniture to dry out, crack, and splinter after prolonged exposure. Therefore, wood needs some sort of coating whether it is stain, varnish, or paint to help resist the effects of the sun. If paint is an option, try to use outdoor or latex paint as that will give you maximum protection against the sun. To keep that natural wood look, use an outdoor varnish that is UV light resistant as well as a water repellent, especially if the furniture is place near the pool and prone to being splashed.

Metal and Plastic
For metal and plastic furniture you will want to purchase a UV furniture protector spray. Much like sun block protects your skin, UV furniture plastic keeps harmful UV rays out that cause slow color fading. Keep in mind you will need to apply the product regularly to maximize it’s effect.

Outdoor and Patio furniture can be expensive so it’s important to protect it from the sun to keep it looking great. At the end of the day, keeping your outdoor furniture out of the sun or covered will be the best way to protect it from the damaging effects of the sun but following the tips above will help as well.

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