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Should Indoor Furniture be Used Outdoors?

By August 29, 2010

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Should indoor furniture be used outdoors? This issue is causing a bit of a controversy in Hazleton, PA.

While outdoor rooms and sitting areas can dramatically expand the living space in a home, the Hazleton City Council is going to vote on a resolution banning the use of indoor furniture on porches and patios. The people backing this resolution say that upholstered furniture meant to be used inside the home can cause health concerns when used outdoors. They cite problems such as mold and mildew, or insect and rodent infestations as the materials used in these furniture pieces are not suitable for outdoor use. Indoor furniture cannot be cleaned up the way you can clean up outdoor furniture.

They do seem to have a point, although many residents argue that they have had sofas and chairs sitting out on porches for years without any such infestations or health hazards. In fact, the lone holdout in the City Council is a Councilwoman who says she has had a sofa on her back porch for 15 years without any problems. She thinks the city is overstepping its bounds by deciding on what people do with their furniture. What do you think?

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