Mold and Mildew: The Consequences of Using Indoor Furniture Cushions on Your Patio

If you’re thinking about making your patio into an outdoor living space, you might have considered using old sofa cushions to make your chairs and benches more comfortable while also saving on cost. This approach, however, leads to problems. Anywhere there is moisture, the materials used in making indoor furniture, particularly the foam, is prone to mold and mildew says The Foam Factory. Fortunately, there are outdoor materials that specifically designed to dry out quickly and resist any kinds of moisture related growth.

An outdoor patio cushion is made with foam that has larger open cells to allow more airflow. They are also treated with an antimicrobial to prevent organisms from growing. The foam used in traditional indoor furniture doesn’t offer these features and consequently, mold and mildew often grows when these indoor materials become wet. Mold and mildew not only can stain and destroy fabric, but it also has a bad odor and can cause health concerns.

What is great about outdoor foam is that it can be used in a bench or chair cushion or any other piece of outdoor furniture that you would like to make more comfortable with cushioning. Along with foam that is specifically designed for outdoor use, you should also invest in fabric that is designed for outdoors. Fabrics that are designed for outdoor use also are antimicrobial and dry out more quickly. They also resist fading better than indoor materials. Combined together, these outdoor materials will be better for your health and will also last longer.

 

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