It sounds like a smart idea: Use stain- and water-resistant outdoor furniture inside the house. And why not? Many outdoor furniture pieces are gorgeous enough to work inside. The problem is that the fabric used to be tough-as-nails outside is treated with chemicals that are high in volatile organic compounds. These VOCs can be emitted into the air and cause pollution indoors. Leave furniture and fabric designed for outdoor use outside, and instead look for natural materials like wool, canvas and cotton for indoor use.
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