Keep Fabrics From Fading
It’s great to have all that sun shining in, but UV rays can do a number on your soft goods. Here’s how to lessen the impact.
We offer three ways to protect furniture from sun fading.
Mind your materials: Natural fibers like linen, cotton, and silk are particularly vulnerable to sun bleaching, so choose furnishings—rugs, flooring, furniture, curtains—made from synthetics or blends. Darker colors like navy or charcoal also absorb more UV rays and thus fade more rapidly than lighter hues. UV-repelling sprays exist but must be applied with care and may not completely prevent fading.
Move things around: When choosing and arranging furniture, again keep in mind that certain materials will do better than others in the sunlight. To even out the fading of wood floors and rugs, rotate the rugs at least once a year.
Block the light: Invest in curtains that are lined, or hang separate liners; some do double duty as room darkeners. A layer of sheers under curtains can help filter light. Or consider micro-thin window film, applied by a pro, which can block UV rays with virtually no distortion in the glass. Installation isn’t cheap but may pay off over time in lower heating and cooling costs—and replacement furnishings.