Today I wanted to share with you a few quick tips on how to keep your outdoor items looking fresh and better able to withstand the harsh summer elements. Birdhouses, terracotta pots, mailboxes, pallet signs, plant markers and other “outdoor decor” items will all benefit from a watersealer. Thompson’s asked me to review a few of their products last year and sent me some samples. I didn’t get around to posting about it last summer, so I’ve had an entire year’s worth of experience with both Thompson’s Clear Multi-Surface Waterproofer and Thompson’s Fabric Seal.
How to Seal Terra Cotta Pots
I especially like Thompson’s Clear Waterproofer to seal terra cotta pots from water damage. You can find is at Lowes and it runs around $4 a can. All you need to do is take a thoroughly cleaned and dry terra cotta pot and spray the interior with Thompson’s Multi-Surface Waterproofer.
I placed all of my pots in a large cardboard box to contain the spray and sprayed the insides and the base of the pots. I allowed each coat of sealer to dry and applied a few coats. Be sure to allow the pots to thoroughly dry before filling with dirt or painting. Sealing your pots helps prevent the pots from absorbing moisture. This is especially important if you plan to paint your terra cotta pots. Bubbling and peeling paint are caused by moisture damage.
Below you can see my lovely pots from my fence planter tutorial in all of their painted glory!
I also used Thompson’s Waterproofer on my outdoor summer pallet sign and it looks just as perfect a year later.
How to Waterproof Fabric Outdoor Items
The Thompson’s WaterSeal Fabric Seal is my new favorite product. Here are some reasons why to use it:
- Prevents Water Damage
- Resists Color Fading
- Repels Spills & Stains
- Allows Fabric to Breathe
- Use on: cushions, pillows, umbrellas, canopies and other outdoor fabrics.
I have a confession to make about this stuff though. I ignored the label and used it indoors. The can clearly states, “Do not use on suede, delicate leathers, carpeting or surfaces subject to foot traffic.” I decided to give it a go on an indoor rug that was going to be ruined otherwise. Last spring I purchased a beautiful new rug for my kitchen. I wanted an indoor/outdoor rug that I could hose off if needed but nothing spoke to me. I loved this chenille indoor rug and thought it would look perfect in my kitchen, so I bought it against my better judgement.
I decided that it couldn’t hurt to protect my indoor rug with a few coats of Thompson’s FabricSeal. (Again, Thompson’s doesn’t recommend using this product on carpet so use at your own risk.) I made sure the rug was thoroughly vaccummed, cleaned, and dry before spraying a few even coats of the FabricSeal over the entire surface of the rug.
So how has it held up over the year? Well, spills and stains DO soak in. The FabricSeal does not ensure water beading which concerned me at first. However spills and stains come out very easily, the rug repels dirt, and it cleans up beautifully. You can see the rug peeking out in the picture of my kitchen below. I am thrilled with how well it has held up against heavy cooking, spills from little boys (and a big one), and messes from two dogs.
You can of course also use the FabricSealer for it’s intended purpose outdoors to protect your outdoor cushions and umbrellas. Even cushions that are water resistant tend to lose their water-repelling qualities with wear and tear. It’s a good idea to freshen them up each season with a Waterproofer. I used the FabricSealer on my outdoor cushions and pillows and am pleased with the product.
I was at Lowes a few days ago and snapped the picture below with my phone because I’m considering this pergola for our roof deck. Do you see that large display of Thompson’s FabricSeal? If you need some, look for it at Lowes in the outdoor furniture area :).
Thompson’s provided product for my review and sponsored this post and all opinions, thoughts, words, ideas, pictures, random musings, and insights are now and will always be my own.
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