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Cleaning & Maintenance

Care and Cleaning of Sunbrella Fabric     
Sunbrella Fabric for Awning/Marine
One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella brand fabrics looking good and to delay the need for deep or vigorous cleanings is to hose fabrics off on a monthly basis with clear water. This practice will help prevent dirt from becoming deeply imbedded in the fabric and eliminate the need for more frequent vigorous cleanings. In most environments, a thorough cleaning will be needed every two to three years.
 

When it's time for a thorough cleaning, Sunbrella fabrics can be cleaned while still on an awning frame or a boat or, 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 mild soap i.e. Ivory Snow, Dreft or Woolite. Never detergent.
  • Water should be cold to lukewarm. Never more than 100 degrees.
  • Air dry only. Never apply heat to Sunbrella fabrics.

If you are cleaning Sunbrella while still on an awning frame or a boat, follow these simple steps:

  • Brush off loose dirt.
  • Hose down.
  • Prepare a cleaning mixture of water and mild soap (no detergents).
  • Use a soft bristle brush to clean.
  • Allow soap to soak in.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Air dry.

If stubborn stains persist, you can use a diluted chlorine bleach/soap mixture for spot cleaning of mildew, roof run-off or other similar stains (see our Stain Chart below for specific recommendations).

Prepare a special cleaning mixture:

  • Eight ounces (one cup) of chlorine bleach.
  • Two ounces (one-fourth cup) of mild soap.
  • One gallon of water.
  • Clean with soft bristle brush.
  • Allow mixture to soak for up to 20 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Air dry.
  • Repeat if necessary.

Remember to protect the area around your Sunbrella if using a bleach solution. Carpet or other fabrics that are not Sunbrella may have an adverse reaction to the bleach.

If an awning or boat cover is suitable in size for a washing machine, these steps should be followed:

  • Use only mild soaps. No detergent.
  • Wash and rinse in cold water.
  • Air dry. Never put Sunbrella fabrics in your dryer.

Re-treating the Fabric
As part of the finishing process, Sunbrella fabrics are treated with a fluorocarbon finish, which enhances water repellency. This finish is designed to last for several years, but must be replenished after a thorough cleaning. Based on test results, Glen Raven recommends 303 High Tech Fabric Guard™ as the preferred re-treatment product for Sunbrella fabrics. Fabrics should be retreated after thorough cleaning or after five years of use. Check with your local Sunbrella dealer or distributor for more information.

Applying 303 High Tech Fabric Guard™
303 should be applied to Sunbrella fabrics after each thorough cleaning, which typically removes the original fluorocarbon finish and reduces the fabric's water repellency. After cleaning the fabric, allow it to air dry completely and then apply 303 in a thin, even coat. After allowing the first coat of 303 to air dry, apply a second thin, even coating of 303. 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 lightweight fabric. Always apply 303 to clean fabric.

Care and Cleaning
Stain Chart
Recommended cleaning methods for Sunbrella for some of the most common and toughest stains.
 

STAIN  

Recommended Cleaning Solutions  

BEER 

liquid detergent, white vinegar 

BERRY 

liquid detergent / ammonia (3-6% water) 

BLOOD (DRIED) 

detergent / ammonia (3-6% water) 

BUTTER 

volatile solvent (acetone) 

CHARCOAL, PENCIL MARKS 

vacuum, then liquid detergent 

CATSUP OR MUSTARD 

liquid detergent 

CHEWING GUM 

volatile solvent (acetone) 

CHOCOLATE 

liquid detergent, ammonia water 

COFFEE 

detergent, white vinegar, volatile solvent (acetone) 

COLA 

liquid detergent 

CRAYON 

paint, oil or grease remover 

EGG (RAW) 

liquid detergent 

GRAPE JUICE 

liquid detergent 

GRAVY 

liquid detergent 

GREASE (CAR) 

volatile solvent (acetone) 

INK (PERMANENT, INDIA,BALLPOINT) 

paint remover, volatile solvent (acetone), detergent 

IRON RUST 

oxalic or citrus acids, water 

LIPSTICK 

paint, oil or grease remover 

MASCARA 

paint remover, volatile solvent (acetone), detergent, water 

MILDEW 

1 cup of bleach and 1/4 cup mild soap per gallon of water 

MILK 

liquid detergent 

NAIL POLISH 

volatile solvent (acetone) 

OIL 

volatile solvent (acetone) 

ORANGE DRINK 

liquid detergent, water 

PAINT (LATEX) WET 

liquid detergent, water 

PAINT (LATEX) DRIED 

paint, oil or grease remover 

PAINT (OIL OR LACQUER) 

paint, oil or grease remover 

SHOE POLISH (LIQUID) 

volatile solvent (acetone) 

SHOE POLISH (WAX) 

apply heated iron over towel, volatile solvent (acetone) 

SUNTAN LOTION 

Pine Power® or pine oil detergent 

TEA 

liquid detergent 

TOMATO JUICE 

liquid detergent 

TREE SAP 

turpentine, liquid detergent 

URINE 

liquid detergent, white vinegar 

VOMIT 

detergent, water, white vinegar 

WATER COLOR 

liquid detergent, water, white vinegar 

WAX (CANDLE) 

apply heated iron over towel, volatile solvent (acetone) 

WINE 

liquid detergent / ammonia (3-6% water), white vinegar 

  

  

  

  

  

 

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