Let the Sun Shine


Protecting Your Furniture from Sun

Let the Sun Shine

Finally, Spring is right around the corner, and that means one thing; taking those blinds and shades that have been closed all winter to preserve warmth, and opening them wide!  This is a welcomed treat, but one that you don’t want to result in damaging your furniture.  Luckily, your furniture can have a long and bright future by taking a few easy steps.

Sun – The Perfect Healer

If you’re fearful of what the sun can do to your cherished furnishings, and you’re considering keeping the curtains closed for the rest of the year, don’t go there.  There are too many benefits to natural light that you don’t want to forgo.

  • Sunlight impacts our emotional well-being.
  • Sunlight has a significant impact on productivity and health.
  • Our eyes and brains function better with natural light versus artificial lighting.
  • It has been shown that school-children can concentrate and maintain focus better when there is ample natural light vs. artificial lighting.
  • Natural light boosts our energy levels.

Shade It Beautifully!

Now that we’ve established how all that wonderful sunlight pouring through your windows is good for our well-being, let’s now address how it does nothing good for furnishings. Fading, discoloration and fabric damage are the downsides of sunlight.   Even on Let the sun Shinecloudy or rainy days, it’s UV rays are a silent destroyer, busy at work on wood, leather, fabric, and artwork.

One solution is by starting at the source. For example, treating your windows. Good-quality solar window films prevent most of the sun’s harmful rays while allowing you to enjoy the outside views.

Another more decorative solution from The Blind Guy are window treatments.  For example, Pirouette window shades, and Solera Soft Shades are two extremely stylish window treatments that protect your furniture, flooring and artwork from fading with at least 75% protection from harmful UV rays.

Treat It Nicely!

Of course, you won’t be able to block all sunlight from entering your home, but luckily there are direct efforts you can take to protect your furniture.

Wood  Applying a quality finish to wooden furniture like lacquer and varnish provide a durable coat that will stand up to sun exposure. Keep in mind that even the best of finishes will fade over time.  Your best defense is for the finish to last longer is to keep wooden Let the sun shinefurniture out of the sun.

Upholstered Furniture – If possible select fabrics that will s t and up to UV rays, made from synthetics rather than natural fibers. Also, consider color.  Sun fading on darker fabrics will be much more noticeable than a lighter shade.  The same goes for carpet.

Leather  Leather is particularly problematic, not just because of fading, but also because it tends to dry out and crack. You can prevent this by using a leather conditioner at least once a year.  The best option for leather is to avoid sun exposure altogether by moving your leather pieces away from the windows.  But if your floor plan doesn’t allow it, keep the leather conditioned and shielded by good UV protection window treatments.