Monthly Archives: September 2014

The 10 Commandments…

Sorry to mislead you. This segment is NOT about God, Jesus or biblical times, It is however about being RELIGIOUS… in taking care of your outdoor cushions.

OUTDOOR FABRIC TREATMENTS are designed to protect the material against the elements eg UV, water/rain or mildew, which makes them more durable when exposed to these elements than other fabrics, but this does not mean that they will never fade, never get wet or never have mildew.

OUR TRIPLE TREATED FABRICS have undergone Accelerated Weathering Tests to determine their durability and as a result, have been given a rating of 200hrs+ and an SPF rating of 50+

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 5.58.11 PM Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 5.58.17 PMAll textiles, no matter how good their treatments, will eventually deteriorate, so it is important if want your outdoor cushions to last for as long as possible, then you give them a bit of a helping hand.

Juli Case explains this process very well in her article. She says,

“Assessing how a fabric is going to perform outdoors is a tricky business. Not only is there sunlight damage to consider, but also potential damage from rain, atmospheric pollutants and other environmental factors.”

There are two basic ways to test the weatherability of fabric—direct weathering and accelerated weathering. Direct weathering is real time testing. As the name implies, a fabric is placed outside under very specific conditions, and its performance is measured. This type of testing uses real world conditions, but it also takes time. Years, even.

Accelerated weathering takes place in equipment that has been designed to simulate outdoor conditions, but at a much faster pace. Accelerated weathering is much faster than direct weathering, but the conditions are simulated, rather than real. To make the matter more complicated, different types of equipment use different light sources—carbon arc, xenon arc and fluorescent UV—and have different ways of simulating rain.”
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So, here are the 10 Commandments:

1. Thou Shall Store Outdoor Cushions In A Box or Shed When Not In Use

2. Thou Shall Remove Surface Dirt With Brush or Damp Cloth

3. Thou Shall Give an Occasional Wash To Keep Clean & Fresh

4. Thou Shall Remove Cushion Insert From Cover For Washing

5. Thou Shall Use Cold Hand Wash Separately

6. Thou Shall Use Detergent Sparingly

7. Thou Shall Rinse Well

8. Thou Shall Avoid Rubbing, Scrubbing, Bleaching or Soaking

9. Thou Shall Line Dry, Inside Out (Do Not Dry Clean or Tumble Dry)

10. Thou Shall Not Store Cushions or Cushion Covers Wet

At Beach Abode Living, we continually test and work to improve the performance of our outdoor fabrics. Just another reason to buy Beach Abode Living Products.