Cleaning Solutions
Cleaning Solutions

CARE & CLEANING FOR SUNBRELLA® FABRICS

One of the best ways of keeping Sunbrella® looking good and to delay the need for deep cleaning is to hose fabrics off once a month with clean water. This practice will help prevent dirt from becoming deeply embedded in the fabric and eliminate the need for more vigorous cleanings.

When it's time for thorough cleaning, Sunbrella® fabrics can be cleaned while still on a frame, or a boat of if size permitting, they can be removed for cleaning in a washing machine.

When cleaning Sunbrella® fabrics, it is important to observe the following:

  •  Always use a natural soap like dish washing liquid.
  •  Water should be cold to lukewarm. Never more than 100 degrees.
  •  Air dry only. Never apply heat to Sunbrella® fabrics.

Removable Cushion Covers and Slip Covers

 One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella® brand fabrics looking good and to delay deep or vigorous cleanings is to properly maintain the fabrics. This can be accomplished by simply brushing off dirt before it becomes embedded in the fabrics, wiping up spills as soon as they occur or spot cleaning soon after stains occur.

Hand washing

  • Soak fabric in a solution of 1/4 cup mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water.
  • Use a sponge or a soft bristle brush as necessary.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  • Air dry.

Machine washing

  • Machine wash in cold water with mild laundry soap.
  • Allow Sunbrella to air dry.

Spot cleaning upholstered pieces

  • Apply a light mist of mild soap and water using a spray bottle.
  • Remove stain with a sponge or very soft bristle brush.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  • Wet-vacuum or blot excess water.
  • Air dry. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all soap residue is removed.

For stubborn stains and/or mildew

 Sunbrella®  fabric does not promote mildew growth, however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances that are not removed from the fabric.

  • Prepare a solution of 1 cup bleach and 1/4 cup of mild soap per gallon of clean water.*
  • Soak affected area in solution for 15 minutes.
  • Remove stain with a sponge, clean towel or very soft bristle brush until all soap residue is removed.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  • Air dry.

*If stain and/or mildew are severe, bleach quantities may be increased. See our Stain Chart for removal of specific stain.

 

Re-treating the fabric for ease of cleaning

Sunbrella® fabrics have a special finish that enhances water repellency. The finish is designed to last for several years of normal use, but may be refreshed with 303 High Tech Fabric GuardTM , the preferred re-treatment product for Sunbrella® fabrics.

 

Applying 303 High Tech Fabric GuardTM

  • Clean Sunbrella and allow to completely air dry.
  • Apply 303 in a thin, even coat and allow to dry.
  • Repeat step 2.

Two light coatings are more effective in restoring fabric water resistance than a single heavy coating. A 15-ounce bottle provides coverage of up to 50 square feet of fabric.

DO NOT dry clean Sunbrella®.

Helpful hints

Protect the area around your Sunbrella® fabric when using a bleach solution - bleach may discolor non-Sunbrella® fabrics. Always rinse Sunbrella® thoroughly to completely remove bleach and soap.

  • Sunbrella® air dries very quickly.
  • Machine drying is not necessary.

DO NOT use a steamer or an iron with steam setting. If wrinkles are a concern, use an iron set to "synthetic fabric" heat.


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