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Quick Dry Foam vs. Indoor Foam with Outdoor Fabric and Waterproof Nylon Layer.  What’s Best For You?

Quick Dry Foam vs. Indoor Foam with Outdoor Fabric and Waterproof Nylon Layer.  What’s Best For You?

Bali Teak Collective’s extensive line of cushioned chairs and sofas gives you two options.  Both are great options, depending on personal preferences, location, and where the furniture will be displayed.  Below are the key qualities that differentiate the two:

Quick Dry Foam: Quick dry foam is a specialized type of foam that is designed to have excellent water drainage and quick drying capabilities. It is commonly used in outdoor furniture cushions. Here are some key features of quick dry foam:

  1. Water Drainage: Quick dry foam has an open-cell structure that allows water to pass through it easily. This promotes efficient drainage and prevents the foam from retaining moisture, which helps to minimize the risk of mold and mildew growth.
  2. Fast Drying: The open-cell structure of quick-dry foam facilitates rapid drying. It allows air to circulate freely within the foam, expediting the evaporation of moisture. This feature is especially beneficial for outdoor cushions exposed to rain or high humidity.
  3. Comfort and Resilience: Quick dry foam provides good comfort and support, similar to regular indoor foam. It is resilient and retains its shape well, even after being exposed to moisture.
Indoor Foam with Outdoor Fabric and Waterproof Nylon Layer: This approach involves using regular indoor foam cushioning with additional layers to enhance water resistance and durability for outdoor use. Here are the key components:
  1. Indoor Foam: Regular indoor foam is used as the cushioning material, providing comfort and support. However, indoor foam alone is not inherently moisture-resistant or designed for outdoor use.
  2. Outdoor Fabric: Outdoor fabric is used as the upholstery material for the cushion cover. Outdoor fabrics are specifically designed to be water-resistant, fade-resistant, and resistant to mold and mildew. They are typically made of synthetic fibers such as acrylic or polyester, which can withstand outdoor conditions.
  3. Waterproof Nylon Layer: A waterproof nylon layer is often added between the foam and the fabric cover. This layer acts as a barrier to prevent water from penetrating the foam, providing an extra level of protection against moisture.
  4. Maintenance: Cushions with indoor foam and outdoor fabric with a waterproof nylon layer require regular maintenance. The fabric covers can be cleaned using mild soap and water or by following the manufacturer’s instructions. It’s important to properly dry the cushions after they get wet to prevent moisture retention.

When considering these options, the quick dry foam provides inherent water drainage and fast drying capabilities. On the other hand, indoor foam with outdoor fabric and a waterproof nylon layer rely on additional layers for moisture resistance. Both options can be suitable for outdoor use, but quick dry foam may offer enhanced performance in terms of water drainage and drying speed.

If you have more questions, please let us know.  We will be happy to assist you in picking the right cushion.  Thank you for your interest in Bali Teak Collective.  We look forward to bringing you a piece of the island to your home.