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Today, there is a large market for outdoor furniture cushions due to the unique needs and challenges of the outdoors. Indoor cushions are designed primarily for comfort, but they are not made to withstand rain and moisture, fungi and other allergens, insects, and heat. To that end, there are a few different types of foam used for outdoor furniture cushions, such as closed cell foam and Dryfast foam, but the innovation and effectiveness of Dryfast are what really make it stand out.
Dryfast is an open-cell foam, which means that it is an extremely porous material that water will pass through at an impressive rate. As a result, Dryfast is much less prone to retaining liquids than other types of foam. This means that it will be less prone to moisture damage and microorganisms that reside in damp conditions such as mold and mildew. Furthermore, Dryfast is chemically treated to be antimicrobial, which means that it is almost impossible for mold and mildew to grow on Dryfast foam cushions. Dryfast’s open cell structure also makes it very easy to clean, as you can rinse it with water to remove dust and dirt, but it won’t retain any of the wetness, as the water will pass right through.
For these reasons, Dryfast has become very popular among outdoor furniture enthusiasts to the point that there are imitators and counterfeit reproductions who try and fail to replicate its signature open-cell design. However, it’s easy to separate the wheat from the chaff, as you can confirm whether your foam cushions are authentic Dryfast by pouring water on it. If it’s the real thing, the water will quickly seep through to the other side. If it isn’t, the water will run off the sides.