Just as UV rays damage your skin, so is true for your furniture. Take preventative care to protect your home decor investment and choose the right material for your indoor furniture that will be living in high sun exposer areas.

UV Window Protection

Most fabrics, furnishings, carpets, wood floors and artwork can be damaged or will fade when sunlight passes through untreated windows. Window tinting is the best long term solution to preventing uv damage in your home by block up to 99% of harmful UV rays and they allow you to furnish your rooms however you like. There are many service providers out there who can provide invisible window tints for your windows and there are DIY UV film options also available.

Choosing layered airy drapes, uv-blocking shades, blackout linings, thermal-backed fabrics or a wide variety of blinds can also provide UV protection for your home furnishings, floors and art. Closing window coverings during high sun exposer is a simple and guaranteed way to protect your furnishings.

Leather

Although leather is strong, too much sunlight can lead to color fading and drying. Once leather is faded, the only way to get color back is to have a professional re-dye and color match it. Drying is something that can happen to any kind of leather, heat causes moisture in the leather’s natural oils to slowly evaporate, resulting in stiffening and cracking. If your planning to put leather pieces in a sunny room, plan to clean and condition about every 6 months to a year.  Higher quality leathers are more resilient and additional topcoats can sometime be a beneficial option.

Fabric

Consider the content and color of the fabric when selecting for a sunny spot. Very few fabrics have built in repellents or protection. Fabrics blended with acrylic, polyester, and nylon are most resilient to fading form the sun. When natural fabrics are desired, consider cotton, wool, or wool blends.  Luxury fabrics like linen and silk are delicate and can fade quickly and are not recommended for full sun exposure. Like leather, dark colors will fade much more rapidly than lighter ones in direct sunlight.

Wood

If your wood furniture is located in the sun’s path, ultraviolet rays cause some wood species to darken (like cherry & maple) or bleach out (like American walnut). Depending on the intensity of sunlight, most woods find their natural patina within a few months. To prevent a visible difference in coloration from developing on wood surfaces, move any top objects around regularly.