During hot summer days, we’re all more conscious about protecting our skin from harmful sunlight,… but what about our furniture? You may not notice the subtle change in your furniture until it’s too late to save them. At that point, it’s costly to replace items and you may have difficulty finding similar options. So, what can you do to avoid this in the first place? Here are several ways of protecting furniture from harmful UV rays.
Get New Window Treatments
Window treatments with UV protection are a great option for windows that get a lot of sunlight during the day. There are a wide range of options. You can select a style, color, and/or pattern to fit your interior design theme. The best part is, you need not completely block out sunlight to get UV protection. Enjoy filtered light in your home while still protecting your furniture.
Low-E windows have glass that is treated with a special film that reflects UV light. These windows look and feel no different than any other windows. Sunlight still enters your home while transparently blocking harmful rays and preserving your furniture.
Re-evaluate Furniture Placement
Sometimes the best way of protecting furniture from harmful UV rays is to avoid direct sunlight altogether. Re-evaluate your furniture placement when possible. Keep fragile pieces away from windows.
Treating furniture can also minimize fading from sun exposure. For example, you can varnish wood furniture, spray fabric protector on textiles, and add conditioner to leather. Before attempting a DIY approach, be sure to confirm that the treatment is safe for your furniture and follow manufacturer’s recommendations for spot testing. Also remember that treatments last for a limited time, so you will need to repeat the process later.
Summary of Protecting Furniture from Harmful UV Rays
As you can see, you have many different options for protecting furniture from harmful UV rays. For extremely valuable and rare pieces, you may even opt for multiple layers of protection. Regardless of which you select, you will be extending the life and beauty of your furniture by taking steps to minimize the damage of UV rays.