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Re: Using Indoor Furniture Outdoors

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Hi all,


I have a nice looking (white/creme leather, ooh err), but very uncomfortable sofa in my living room. It was quite pricey, so I don't want to bin it or give it away, or destroy it inadvertantly.


I have a large covered (i.e. a roof/floor above me) terrace which I would like to put it out on. It wouldn't therefore be exposed to any rain, but would be to sun/heat/cold/wind/atmospheric stuff.


My question is, how will it hold up? Should I expect to see it mould up and decay within weeks/months? Is there something I can treat it with to minimise this issue?


I understand that it might discolour a bit in the sun, but it's white anyway, so that's not too much of an issue.
How well it holds up, or how long it lasts will depend on a couple of things.

The quality of the leather (not all leathers are the same).
How you take care of the leather.
If you leave it out all year round.

These people are the best I have found in Switzerland, both for information and products:

http://www.colourlock.ch/international.php

I've used their stuff on car seats, furniture and handbags, they've never fail failed to give me detailed advice, and the products I have used from them have only been 1A. (no affiliation, just a happy customer)

Like Sbrinz, I wouldn't recommend leaving it outside over the winter.

I would suggest a light, breathable, cover to keep UV, pollen, dust and insects off it when not in use.

I would also suggest examining the underside and general construction and close off any openings which rodents and insects might find to gain access to the inside.
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