Tips to protect your outdoor furniture and fabric


South Africa has amazing weather. So amazing that it's the perfect weather to relax on the porch and lounge around on your patio furniture. However, the sun can cause serious damage to your outdoor furniture and they need to be protected.

Here are a few handy tips to protect not only your furniture but your outdoor fabric too:

1. Bring it inside

The best thing to do is to bring your furniture inside once the summer season is over. This helps to reduce the amount of UV that falls onto it. This step can help extend the lifespan of your furniture, dramatically. Make sure to clean the furniture before putting it into storage and cover it with a cloth - that will keep it protected. 

2. Bring in an umbrella

Fabric umbrellas will help keep the sun off your patio chairs. If you only have a simple chair and table set, use the umbrella as a sun shade. Just remember to take it down if it gets windy so it doesn't blow away. 

3. Get a patio cover

Consider getting a patio cover for your furniture. This is a semi-permanent awning that sits on your patio and is similar to a carport cover. To avoid any sun damage, use an opaque patio cover. Glass ones will still let UV rays through, though they will protect your furniture from water damage. 

4. Try special fabrics

All fabrics will eventually break down if it's left in the sun for too long, but there are various special fabrics that are designed to resist UV damage. Visit Constantia Fabrics and ask our consultants to show you samples of our outdoor fabrics. By using these kind of fabrics, your furniture can last from up to 10 years before you even need to think about replacing it. 

5. Inspect for wear

Fading fabrics is the most obvious form of UV damage, but the sun can also cause plastic and woods to weaken over time. Make sure to inspect items made of plastic, wood and wicker for weakness at least twice a year. This can help prevent accidents. 

For all your fabric, curtain or upholstery inquiries, please contact our store which stocks a wide range of the latest trends:

Constantia Fabrics: 021 761 9648 or email us on

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