While purchasing replacement covers or slipcovers for your outdoor cushion, one of the most important things you need to consider is the type of fabric. Remember that fabric is the only thing that will determine the longevity of the cushion covers as well as the maintenance. Choosing an irrelevant fabric for your outdoor cushion covers will not only damages the cushion but also decrease its appearance.
Additionally, your outdoor cushion covers should be capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions and the right fabric will make the job easier for them.
In this article, we will discuss the top 4 factors that you need to consider while choosing fabric for your outdoor cushion covers.
Outdoor cushions will have to withstand a lot of abuse without tearing. Some synthetic materials such as polyester vinyl, PTFR, nylon, and acrylic are one of the most durable fabrics. However, remember that these synthetics are created from noon-renewables energy or power sources such as petroleum. Apart from that, some fabrics are created using BPA as a plasticizer. BPA can cause possible health issues like reproductive disorders and metabolic disorders.
Natural materials like cotton aren’t as durable as synthetics. But, when combined with synthetic, their durability can be increased. For instance, cotton is one of the most durable natural fibers. But combining cotton with polyester will make it more durable as well as water-resistant.
Ultraviolet rays can affect the structure of your outdoor cushion covers. When your cushion covers are exposed to the sun rays, the UV-A and UV-B rays will damage the paint and the fabrics. UV-B rays damage the cushion surface and the colors start to fade. On the other hand, UV-A rays will cause the material inside the cushion to degrade. As per Cancer, UV-B rays have slightly more energy than UV-A rays.
Remember that some specific materials are more UV-resistant than others. For instance, synthetic materials such as nylon and vinyl have more UV resisting capabilities than acrylic or PTFE. Similarly, cotton will turn yellowish under UV radiation whereas hemp is UV resistant.
The stain resistance feature is dependent on both the function of the material and the process through which the fabric is woven. For instance, fabrics created from synthetic materials are more stain-resistant as the stain cannot penetrate plastic fibers. Additionally, stains cannot stick on PTFE as they’re too slippery. Due to this feature, PTFE is used to treat fabrics to make them stain-resistant.
Hemp or cotton is not stain resistant, but you can easily clean stains from the hemp fabric as the structure of the hemp will allow it to shed an outer layer. Unlike other fabrics where stains are permanent, they can be removed from hemp fabric without any problem.
Whether from water sprinkles or rainy weather, your outdoor cushion covers will be exposed to water. However, outdoor cushion covers don’t need to be water-proof. If your cushion cover is waterproof, it may cause more problems. This is because the waterproofing feature will trap moisture inside the cushion that will ultimately help the molds to grow. On the other hand, you can use breathable water-resistant cushion covers that will reduce the risks of water damage and molds.
These are the top 4 factors you should consider while choosing the fabric for your outdoor cushion covers. As the fabric is very important for your cushion covers, don’t make any mistakes while choosing the fabrics.