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How to Clean Your Sunbrella Fabric

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Sunbrella is unmatched in strength and boasts exceptional durability. Made to withstand rain, UV rays, and even the occasional mishap with barbecue sauce or a glass of red wine. It's easy to clean and is mildew and fade resistant. Sunbrella will keep your outdoor space worry-free, colorful, and comfortable for years to come.

One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella looking great is to properly maintain the fabric on a regular basis. This can be accomplished by simply brushing off loose dirt before it becomes embedded in the fabric or wiping up spills soon after they occur. This helps aid in the complete removal of a stain. The longer spills and stains remain on the fabric, the more difficult they can be to remove.

Patio furniture sets with cushions are not only comfortable, they also bring a vibrancy to your outdoor space. Sunbrella fabrics are 100% solution-dyed to keep colors from fading as a result of harsh UV rays and to prevent staining from accidental spills. In most instances, caring for your Sunbrella fabric is as easy as rinsing with water. For more difficult stains, harsher solutions can be used without concern of fading.

General or Light Cleaning

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  • Brush off any loose dirt.
  • Prepare a cleaning solution of a quarter cup mild soap, such as Woolite or Dawn dishwashing liquid,
    per gallon of lukewarm water.
  • Allow cleaning solution to soak into fabric.
  • Use a sponge or a soft bristle brush for cleaning.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  • Allow fabric to air dry.

Spot Cleaning

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  • Apply a light mist of mild soap and water using a spray bottle.
  • Work the solution into the stain by lightly scrubbing the area with a sponge or very soft bristle brush.
  • For oil-based stains, an absorbent such as corn starch can be immediately applied directly to the stain for a period of 10 minutes and the excess removed using a straight edge. This aids in the removal process and prevents it from being pressed into the fabric.
  • For ink or other tough stains, use a small amount of a volatile substance like acetone.
  • Rinse thoroughly with water to remove all residue.
  • Blot excess moisture with a clean, soft towel or sponge.
  • Allow fabric to air dry.
  • Repeat steps 5 and 6 until all soap residue is removed.

Note: Seam to seam cleaning in combination with an extractor may be required in order to avoid water rings/stains.

Applying 303 FabricGuard

As part of the finishing process, Sunbrella fabrics are treated with a fluorocarbon finish, which enhances its ability to repel water. 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 FabricGuard as the preferred re-treatment product for Sunbrella fabrics. Fabrics should be re-treated after thorough cleaning, or as needed.

  • Clean Sunbrella fabric using one of the cleaning methods and allow to dry completely
  • Using 303 FabricGuard in a well-ventilated area, 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).

Note: A 16-ounce bottle provides coverage of up to 100 square feet of fabric, depending on material and application method. Recommendations provided by Glen Raven Mills, Inc. (manufacturer of Sunbrella fabrics).

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