Sling patio furniture is a common type of outdoor seating cherished for its ability to dry quickly, easily maintain itself in bad weather and simplistic cleaning capabilities. Sling patio furniture is created by stretching synthetic fabric, typically fabric that offers fibers of polyester coated with a vinyl layer for added weather protection, between the wood or metal stiles of the back and seat frames of chairs. This synthetic polyester material resists water, allowing this type of furniture to dry quickly after a rain. The sling fabric can be easily replaced, allowing owners to change the look of their outdoor space or replace damaged sling fabric without buying new patio furniture sets. Padded sling patio furniture is a type of sling seating that offers enhanced cushion comfort. Two pieces of vinyl-coated polyester sling is stretched between the frames and filled with water-resistant Dacron, a synthetic fabric developed for use in sails on sailboats. Just like regular sling, padded sling will quickly dry and is easy to clean and replace, but offers added comfort and padding.
The most common type of vinyl-coated polyester fabric is made from polyethylene terephthalate, a synthetic material initially developed to be used in boat sails. Vinyl-coated polyester is strong and durable, able to resist most issues that cause deterioration of patio furniture such as UV damage, water damage and high use. This fabric is resilient to weather damage and offers superior strength when compared to other fabrics, such as canvas. The most desired aspect of vinyl coated polyester is the ability to dry quickly; the low absorbency rate of water is the main reason this material is used on objects placed outside in the elements, from sailboats to patio furniture. Polyethylene terephthalate is available under several brand names such as Diolen, Tetoren, Trevira, Terylene and, most famously, Dacron by Dupont. Each brand offers varying levels of strength and softness.
Sling Patio Furniture: Care & Cleaning Tips
Clean routinely with a mild soap and water. If an area of the fabric becomes stained, add one cup of chlorine bleach to 10 cups of water, and, using a soft brush if necessary, attend to the stain. Always rinse furniture thoroughly after cleaning.
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