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What makes a Quality Outdoor Fabric?

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What makes a Quality Outdoor Fabric?There are many fun reasons to entertain family and friends outdoors. In the summer months, maybe you want to host a barbeque where Dad works the grill and the kids enjoy splashing in the pool. In the fall months, maybe you want to host a rowdy football pre-game party or enjoy a relaxing, cool evening with friends around a fire. From the summer barbeque to the fall party, you expect your patio furniture to stay looking great. But we’ve all seen the effects sun and weather can have on patio furniture. In order to keep your patio furniture from fading, you want to be sure you are purchasing quality outdoor fabric.

As you know, quality outdoor fabric can be found at My Fabric Connection at great prices, but which fabric is best for your outdoor furniture (or other outdoor projects)? We want to offer you some tips for what to look for when purchasing outdoor fabric. The type of material used and the way the color is added to the material makes a big difference in how long your patio furniture fabric will stay looking great.

Acrylic Fabric – The Best
The two brands that offer the most durable and fade resistant outdoor fabric are Sunbrella and Outdura. Sunbrella and Outdura outdoor fabric are 100% acrylic. The acrylic is solution dyed, meaning the color is actually put into the yarn. This creates a fabric that can handle direct sunlight for 1,500 hours. They are also cleanable with a mild bleach and water solution. Outdura and Sunbrella outdoor fabric are really the best of the best.

Polyester Fabric
Other types of outdoor fabric are made from polyester. For polyester fabric, the color and pattern are printed on top of the fabric. These are the types of fabrics you will typically find on the furniture at Lowes, Home Depot or Target. These fabrics will last about 750 hours in direct sunlight. These fabrics are less durable, but they are cheaper. My Fabric Connection offers these fabrics as well as an even cheaper option for your outdoor fabric. In some situations, polyester fabric may work just fine for you. For example, if your furniture is in a covered patio that receives almost no direct sunlight, polyester cushions can last a long time.

If you want to focus on fun with family and friends, and not worry about needing to replace your fabric every few seasons, make sure you visit My Fabric Connection to order the best in outdoor fabric!

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