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Fabric Care Recommendations from Sunbrella®



The best ways to keep Sunbrella® brand fabrics looking good and to delay deep or vigorous cleanings is to properly maintain the fabrics. You can easily do this by simply brushing off dirt before it becomes imbedded into the fabric and wiping up any spills as soon as they occur. If a stain does occur, spot cleaning quickly makes it often easily removable.

Sunbrella® Recommendations For Removable Cushion Covers and Slipcovers


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 with clean water.
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 with clean water.
Air dry, blot, or wet-vacuum excess water.
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 20 minutes.
Remove stain with a sponge or clean towel.
Rinse thoroughly.
Air dry.
If stain and/or mildew are severe, bleach quantities may be increased.
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 Guard, the preferred retreatment product for

Sunbrella fabrics.
Applying 303 High Tech Fabric Guard
Clean Sunbrella, allow Sunbrella 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.

Professional Cleaners
In evaluating the services of a professional firm, you should inquire about the firm's experience in working with Sunbrella fabrics and knowledge of cleaning and re-treatment requirements. DO NOT Dry Clean Sunbrella.

Helpful Hints from Sunbrella®
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.

Sunbrella® Fabric Care For- Outdoor Furniture



The best ways to keep Sunbrella® brand fabrics looking good and to delay deep or vigorous cleanings is to properly maintain the fabrics. You can easily do this by simply brushing off dirt before it becomes imbedded into the fabric and wiping up any spills as soon as they occur. If a stain does occur, spot cleaning quickly makes it often easily removable.

General or Light Cleaning
Brush off any loose dirt.
Prepare a cleaning solution of 2 ounces (1/4 cup) mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water (less than 100°F/38°C).
Use a sponge or a soft bristle brush to clean.
Allow cleaning solution to soak into fabric.
Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
Allow fabric to air dry.

For removable Sunbrella fabric umbrella and cushion covers, machine wash in cold water (less than 100°F/38°C). Depending on wash load size, use normal amounts of mild laundry soap. Allow fabric to air dry.
Spot Cleaning
Apply a light mist of our recommended cleaning solution using a spray bottle.
Work the solution into the stain by lightly scrubbing the area with a sponge or very soft bristle brush.
Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
Blot excess moisture with a clean, soft towel or sponge. Use a Wet Vac if available to remove excess moisture.
Repeat these steps until stain is removed.

Heavy Cleaning for Stubborn Stains and 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. To clean mildew, or other stubborn stains:
Prepare a solution of 8 ounces (1 cup) of bleach and 2 ounces (1/4 cup) of mild soap per gallon (8 cups) of clean water.
Spray on entire area and allow to soak into the fabric.
Scrub vigorously with a soft bristle brush, sponge, or clean towel.
Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
Allow fabric to air dry.
If stain and/or mildew are severe, bleach quantities may be increased.

For removable Sunbrella fabric umbrella and cushion covers, machine wash in cold water (less than 100°F /38°C). Depending on wash load size, use normal amounts of mild laundry soap and add 1 cup of bleach. Allow fabric to air dry.

Retreating the Fabric

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 after a thorough cleaning or extended use. Glen Raven recommends 303 High Tech Fabric Guard™ as the preferred re-treatment product for Sunbrella fabrics.
Applying 303 High Tech Fabric Guard
303 should be applied to Sunbrella fabrics after each thorough cleaning, which typically removes the original finish and reduces the fabric's water repellency.
Clean Sunbrella fabric, using one of the cleaning methods.
Allow Sunbrella to completely air dry.
Apply 303 Fabric Guard in a well ventilated area following instructions on the container.
Apply 303 in a thin, even coat and allow fabric to dry completely.
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 fabric.)

Professional Cleaners
In evaluating the services of a professional firm, you should inquire about the firm's experience in working with Sunbrella fabrics and knowledge of cleaning and retreatment requirements. DO NOT dry clean Sunbrella fabrics.

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