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Sun Damage: SPF For Your Home

Updated October 8, 2019

On a hot summer day, you wear sunscreen and sunglasses to protect your skin from dangerous ultraviolet rays.

On a hot summer day, you wear sunscreen and sunglasses to protect your skin from dangerous ultraviolet rays. But, did you know that the sun can be just as damaging to your home? From floor coverings to furniture, overexposure to sun can fade or damage just about anything in your home. To protect your property from ultra-bright ultraviolet rays, follow these tips:

Patio Furniture. Outdoor patio furniture can fade, bleach, crack and dull from sun exposure. To prevent patio furniture damage, consider investing in weather covers to protect your furniture when it's not in use.  You can also purchase a container of outdoor furniture protector like kiwi camp dry patio fabric protector, which you can buy on Amazon.com for $10. Tip: To protect aluminum patio furniture, apply car wax.

Living Room Furniture. If your living room furniture is exposed to too much sunlight, it can damage the fabric's fibers, which makes it brittle and prone to break when you are cleaning, especially for smoother fabrics like silk. To keep your fabrics in great shape, pull the blinds during the brightest part of the day. Or, try layering your furniture with a blanket where the sun shines.

Rugs. Over time your rug will fade or start to bleach out if placed in a very sunny area. Turn the rug end-to-end once a year to balance out any possible color changes.

Antique Furniture. Antique furniture will likely already have some sun damage. To prevent further damage keep it out of direct sunlight, especially wooden antique furniture. It will darken and crack in direct sunlight because older varnishes weren't designed to handle ultraviolet rays.

Artwork. Paintings that are displayed in direct sunlight will fade or lose color. Avoid placing paintings in direct light. For photographs, consider framing your artwork under glass frames with UV protection.