I recently purchased a patio set off of Craigslist, that I promptly spray painted blue and recovered the seat cushions. There’s nothing like a little bit of Rust-Oleum’s Navy Blue Gloss paint and fabric from JoAnn’s to make something feel/look completely new.
Since I was putting it on the patio, I wasn’t too worried about sun damage or fading. That is, until I happened to be cleaning the patio and was wiping down a cushion that I had made for the top of a bench seat a few years back.
The top of the cushion looked okay, but when you flipped it over you could see how faded it had become. The picture above shows the sun bleached side on the right, and the underneath, un-sunbleached side of the cushion on the left. Even though it had been protected from the sun by being on the patio, there was still significant sun fading.
Thompson’s Water Seal recently sent me a few of their items to try out, and this looked like a perfect time to try out their Fabric Seal. It says it prevents water damage, resists color fading, and repels spills and stains. Since the Florida sun is brutal, and we have plenty of outside furniture, I knew this would come in handy.
The first thing that the directions say is to do a splash test, to see if the item is absorbing water, and therefore needs the Fabric Seal to be applied. This is what happened when I tried it out on my chair cushion.
The fabric just sucked up the water – it definitely needed some protection.
I moved all the chairs out of the patio, and away from the bird cages. After wiping down all the chair cushions with a damp cloth to remove any dust or dirt and then letting them completely dry out, I sprayed them all with the first coat, and let them dry for four hours. I also sprayed the older seat cushion – might as well, right?
I liked that it didn’t cause the fabric to get darker when I sprayed it. When I went back after four hours, it didn’t feel rough, or sticky. It just felt like it did before I treated them. I put on a second coat, and waited another four hours. Even after two coats on all six chairs and the seat cushion, I still have more than half the can left.
After everything was dry, I brought them back on the patio. You are supposed to wait 24 hours before getting them wet, but I couldn’t wait to do another splash test to see if it would repel the water.
The water drop ran right off the seat! I’d say that was exactly what I was hoping for. Then I tried it on the other seat cushion too…
When I picked up the cushion, the water just rolled right off. My son got a kick out of playing with the water drop, rolling it around and trying to keep it from falling off. Ahh… the little things that amuse us
I’m pretty stoked about this product. After all, we have four slobbery dogs, and a bazillion nieces and nephews with wet swimsuits and juice boxes that seem to always spill on anything absorbent. Did you ever notice that? It’s never on the tile or the concrete – you know, where it would be easy to wipe it up, or rinse it off with the hose.
I think it will help to keep everything cleaner and brighter on the patio. As far as the UV protection, only time will tell if it is just as effective. Tomorrow, I’m going to treat the cushions on the lounge chairs around the pool, which we’ve only had for a few months, but already are showing signs of sun damage. Between the rain and the sun here in Florida, I need all the help I can get to keep our outdoor furniture looking it’s best. What’s great about this stuff is that you can use it on everything from cushions to pillows to umbrellas – all the outdoor stuff that could use a little protecting from the elements!
Have you tried this product yet? Do you love it like I do? Tell me what your secret is to keeping outdoor furniture clean.
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