How to Protect your Outdoor Fabric

Mother nature is unpredictable and sometimes, despite our best efforts, she can get the better of us. There’s nothing worse than a rain shower or bird droppings wreaking havoc on your outdoor squabs and cushions. We’ve found that a great way to protect your outdoor fabrics from water and stains is to pre-treat them with a fabric guard.

Fabric guards are usually spray-on products that help add water resistance and stain repellence to a fabric. They can also offer mildew resistance and UV screening to control fading. A good pre-treatment will not affect the colour, feel, or breathability of your fabric and will provide protection from water, stains, and UV rays.

If you already have some outdoor cushions in use, it’s not too late to treat them as well. Fabric guards will restore water repellency to outdoor fabrics after washing as well, including Sunbrella Fabrics.

How to Apply Fabric Guard:

  • Test the colourfastness of the material by spraying in an inconspicuous area and wiping the area while wet to see if the colour transfers.
  • Apply on a clean and dry fabric.
  • Spray overlapping sprays until the fabric has been evenly misted.
  • Allow to air dry and cure for 4 to 72 hours, depending on weather conditions. (Dries best in the sun on a hot day).
  • Mist with water to test. Water should bead up on the fabric.

We’ve found 303 Fabric Guard and Iosso products to be a great choice for fabric protection. It is safe to use on almost all fabrics from acrylic to cotton, even wool, suede and fine leathers. Additionally, it is environmentally safe, and non-toxic and odourless when dry. A little spritz now can make a big difference later!

Do you pre-treat your outdoor fabrics? Leave us a comment and share your experiences!

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