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Maintenance / Sunbrella

Sunbrella Maintenance

 

One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella 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.

 

Care for your Sunbrella exterior fabrics

General or light cleaning

To clean Sunbrella while still on a boat, follow these simple steps:

  1. Brush off loose dirt.
  2. Hose down.
  3. Prepare a cleaning solution of water and mild soap such as Ivory Snow, Dreft or Woolite (no detergents).
  4. Use a soft bristle brush to clean.
  5. Allow cleaning solution to soak into the fabric.
  6. Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue is removed.
  7. Air dry.
  8. May not require re-treatment depending on the age of the fabric.

When it’s time for a thorough cleaning, Sunbrella fabrics can be cleaned while still on a boat or, size permitting, they can be removed for cleaning in a washing machine or dockside. When cleaning Sunbrella fabrics, it is important to observe the following:

  1. Always use a mild soap such as Ivory Snow, Dreft or Woolite.
  2. Water should be cold to lukewarm.
  3. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  4. Air dry only. Never apply heat to Sunbrella fabrics.

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:

  1. Eight ounces (one cup) of chlorine bleach.
  2. Two ounces (1/4 cup) of mild soap and/or detergent.
  3. One gallon of water.
  4. Clean with soft bristle brush.
  5. Allow mixture to soak into the fabric for up to 15 minutes.
  6. Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue is removed.
  7. Air dry.
  8. Repeat if necessary.
  9. Re-treatment of fabric for water and stain resistance will be necessary.

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

  1. Use mild soap and/or detergent.
  2. For heavier stains add 1 cup of bleach to wash.
  3. Wash and rinse in cold water.
  4. Air dry. Never apply heat to Sunbrella.
  5. Re-treatment for water and stain resistance will be necessary after machine washing.

See below for Re-treating the fabric

 

Interior Fabrics

For removable cushion covers and slipcovers:

Hand washing

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

Machine washing

  1. Machine was in cold water with mild laundry soap.
  2. Allow Sunbrella to air dry, or tumble dry on “no heat” setting.

Spot cleaning upholstered pieces

  1. Apply a light mist of mild soap and water using a spray bottle.
  2. Remove stain with a sponge or very soft bristle brush.
  3. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  4. Air dry, blot, or wet-vacuum excess water.
  5. 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.

  1. Prepare a solution of 1 cup bleach and 1/4 cup of mild soap per gallon of clean water.*
  2. Soak affected area in solution for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove stain with a sponge or clean towel.
  4. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  5. Air dry.

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 re-treated after thorough cleaning or after five years of use.

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.

  1. Clean Sunbrella fabric, using one of the cleaning methods.
  2. Allow Sunbrella to completely air dry.
  3. Apply 303 Fabric Guard in a well ventilated area following instructions on the container.
  4. Apply 303 in a thin, even coat and allow fabric to dry completely.
  5. 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.)

Helpful hints

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

Please be aware of the environment when cleaning with bleach.  Bleach can have harmful effects on the natural environment around you.  We do not advise using bleach if you are surrounded by a body of water or other environment that could be affected. 

Sunbrella air dries very quickly. Machine drying is not necessary for Sunbrella fabrics.

If fabric has some wrinkling, use an iron, if necessary, but only on the synthetic setting. As some irons exceed the recommended temperature on the synthetic setting, test a small inconspicuous area before ironing entire piece.

DO NOT use a steamer or iron set to steam setting.

Use of bleach and/or advanced age of the fabric application may impact the deterioration of the sewing thread and other non-Sunbrella components.

 

 

 

Stain Chart

Download a PDF Stain Chart

Stain

Recommended cleaning solutions

Carbona stain devil no.

Beer

Dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1 gallon water / white vinegar (3 oz.

8

Berry

Dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1 gallon water / ammonia (4-8 oz.)

8

Bird droppings

Dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1 gallon water, or try Goo Gone Grease Cutter (a hand cleaner), Greased Lightning, or Clean Rite Purple Power (available at Wal-Mart, K-Mart, etc.)

 

 

Blood (dried)

Dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1 gallon water / ammonia (4-8 oz.)

4

Butter

Volatile solvent (acetone) 100%

5

Charcoal, pencil marks

Vacuum, then Dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1gallon water

3

Catsup or mustard

Dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1 gallon water

2

Chewing gum

Volatile solvent (acetone) 100%

1

Chocolate

Dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1 gallon water / ammonia (4 oz.)

2

Coffee

Dishwashing liquid / water, white vinegar, volatile solvent (acetone)

8

Cola

Dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1 gallon water

8

Crayon

Paint remover (100%), oil or grease remover (mix as directed)

3

Egg (raw)

Dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1 gallon water

4

Food color

Dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1 gallon water / white vinegar (3 oz.)

6

Grape juice

Dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1 gallon water

8

Gravey

Dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1 gallon water

2

Grease (car)

Volatile solvent (acetone) 100%

5

Ink (permanent, India, ballpoint)

Paint remover (100%), volatile solvent (acetone) 100%, soap and water

3

Iron rust

Carbona™ Stain Devil #9

9

Lipstick

Paint remover, oil or grease remover (mix as directed)

6

Mascara

Paint remover (100%), volatile solvent (acetone-100%), dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1 gallon water

8

Mildew

Bleach (1 cup) / Dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1 gallon water

4

Milk

Dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1 gallon water

8

Nail Polish

volatile solvent (acetone) 100%

1

Oil

volatile solvent (acetone) 100%

5

Orange Drink

Dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1 gallon water

8

Paint (latex) wet

Dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1 gallon water

1

Paint (latex) dry

Paint remover (100%), oil or grease remover (mix as directed)

1

Paint (oil or lacquer)

Paint remover (100%), oil or grease remover (mix as directed)

5

 

 

 

Shoe polish (liquid)

Volatile solvent (acetone) 100%  

7

Shoe polish (wax)

Apply heated iron over towel, volatile solvent (acetone) 100%

1

Suntan lotion

Pine Power® or pine oil detergent / water (mix as directed)

5

Tea

Dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1 gallon water

8

Tomato Juice

Dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1 gallon water

2

Tree sap

Turpentine (100%), Dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1 gallon water

7

Urine

Dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1 gallon water / white vinegar (3 oz.)

8

Vomit

Dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1 gallon water / white vinegar (3 oz.)

8

Wax (candle)

apply heated iron over towel, volatile solvent (acetone) 100%

1

Wine

Dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1 gallon water / ammonia (4-8 oz.) / white vinegar (3 oz.)

8