Picture this: it’s a beautiful, sunny day, and the sun’s rays are beaming through your front window. Upon walking around your furnishings, you notice that your couch seems to be faded due to sun damage. Although you may opt for blind-less windows in your home, it may be causing more damage than you think. If you’re looking to save your home furnishings before your blinds arrive, then here are some helpful tips to prevent more sun damage:
If you’re lacking blinds in your home, then leather is the most easily faded material to go first. If you’re looking to furnish a sunny room (before your blinds arrive), then here are a few things you can do to protect it:
- Rearrange the room so that your leather seats aren’t sitting in direct sunlight.
- Clean and condition your leather every six months.
Let’s face it: if you love upholstered furniture but are worried about your fabric fading, take into consideration the type of fabric you’re choosing. Of course, blinds can prevent the fading — but Natural fabrics like cotton and wool are less likely to fade — as well as fabrics blended with acrylics and polyester. If you notice your fabrics are starting to look faded, you should:
- Always wash and clean fabrics with cold water.
- Clean your fabric with cold water and a few pinches of salt. Ultimately the salt will help to seal the color in the fabric.
- Cover your furniture with lightweight, white sheets when you leave your house for a long weekend or vacation.
UV rays from the sun can darken furniture made out of maple and bleach things made from American walnut — while blinds can prevent this. If your wood furniture sits in the sun, protect it by:
- Keeping the top clear of any lamps, picture frames, or decorative knick-knacks that will leave you with awkward and uneven discoloration.
- If you have to keep items on the surface of a wooden end table, make sure to move them around every few months.Seal wood furniture with a clear or stained sealant.
At Action Glass, low-E energy efficient glass windows will limit the amount of sun and UV rays coming into your home. We have been a family owned and operated full glass service business for over 45 years and proudly serve Queens, NYC, Long Island, and Westchester. For more information on our glass services, call 800-24-GLASS!