Summer’s here, and for many homeowners, that means throwing open the windows and letting the sunshine in. However, enjoying all that natural light comes with one downside: it can fade your furniture and furnishings.

Sunlight’s UV rays cause photodegradation to occur, a process where the rays break down many of the chemicals used in furniture dyes. As the chemicals break down, the colors begin to fade.

Fortunately, there are solutions that let you enjoy the season’s beautiful weather while protecting your furniture. If you want to keep your belongings looking great whatever the season, try one or more of these tips to prevent sunlight from fading your furniture, including outdoor tables and chairs.

And when summer comes to an end, you might want to consider storing your outdoor furniture and other gear in one of our Napa self-storage units, so they continue to look great year after year.

How to Protect Your Furniture From Sun Damage

During the summer months, the sun’s at full strength, so you must find ways to minimize UV exposure and damage.

  1. Window coverings. Blinds, curtains, drapes, and shutters are terrific at stopping the harmful effects of UV rays. They also help keep rooms cooler at peak sunshine times.
  2. Window film. A modern alternative to heavy drapes and curtains, quality window film can protect up to nearly 100% of the sun’s damaging rays. Newer window films are optically clear and far less reflective than when they first appeared on the market. A major benefit to choosing film over fabric is that window film allows visible light to pass through.
  3. Protect your furniture. Use varnish and sealants to protect your furniture’s finish. Water-based varnish is ideal for indoor use as it dries quickly and is transparent. Sealants are available for different wood types and, aside from protecting wood, greatly enhance its grain.
  4. Rearrange the room. This isn’t always possible with oversized items like dining room tables, but if you have smaller pieces you want to protect, try moving them to a room area that gets less sunlight, especially between 10 am and 4 pm.
  5. Protect outdoor furniture. The best way to protect outdoor furnishings from UV damage and fading is by covering them when not in use. Many manufacturers now offer cushions made with fabrics that resist fading, but storing them in airtight containers or indoors when not in use can prolong their life and beauty.

Rent One or More Napa Storage Units

If you need temporary self storage for furniture in the height of summer or any other time of the year, Southgate Storage is sure to have the unit you need. We offer seven different-sized self storage units, including RV spaces. Our fenced, state-of-the-art facility is well-lit, has 24/7 digital camera surveillance, and gated access. And all our units are at ground level, so you never need to haul furniture up any stairs.

To learn more about our affordable Napa self storage solutions for your specific needs and budget, contact Southgate Storage online, or call us at 707-255-1677!