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August 1, 2013

DESIGNS BY DANA: Outdoor fabrics are long-lasting

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Wipe up any spills that get on your material as soon as you can and rinse the area off. Periodically hose down your fabric to keep it free of dust and dirt. Remember, this fabric will not absorb water so it’s okay to hose away and the surface will air dry quickly. Mixing a little bleach with your water won’t hurt it either as the material is fade resistant. The bleach will kill any mildew that may be starting to take hold.

I find the softer versions of outdoor fabrics to be great for indoor use as well. They are perfect for households with children and pets. Toss removable covers in a cold water wash and hang to dry.

What could be easier ?

It seems that it’s very hard for people to believe that this fabric is so tough and that it really can stay outside — within reason — but if you do take the time to care for it, it will take care of you for many, many years.

Dana Longfritz is the owner of Interiors by Dana. You can e-mail your design questions to her at dlongfritz@aol.com or contact her at M. Carter Decor 434-2159.

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