clockwise from top left: tomato sauce; dirt; red wine; coke.
coke sample after leaving overnight
Now to the dirt and tomato sauce samples. I didn't even try blotting these first because I thought it would be useless, I went straight to sunlight soap and water. It did take a while to get these stains out but they did come out. I am a little concerned that using the soap has changed the liquid repelling properties of these samples, possibly because I got the back of the fabric wet (the back is quite absorbent). If you were blotting with a mild soap and water whilst the covers were still on, the back of the fabric wouldn't get wet.
result after cleaning, with control sample on left.
So, the verdict? I was really impressed with the liquid repelling qualities of the fabric but I'm not completely convinced with stains that permeate the fabric such as the tomato sauce and dirt. Overall, I was happy with the result though. White is still a risk, considering the cost of the covers I would not want to replace them anytime soon, that's for sure.
If you have used outdoor fabrics before I would love to hear about your experiences with them.
Images: Olive & Joy