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Fabric Care

Try this first… With a new spill or stain on your Sunbrella fabric.

  • Blot (don’t rub) liquid spills with a clean, dry cloth. For oil-based spills, apply an absorbent such as corn starch, then remove with a straight edge.
  • Spray on a mild cleaning solution of soap (such as Dawn or Woolite) and water.
  • Rinse the fabric thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  • Air dry.

Try this next… If your first try doesn’t get the stain completely out.

Outdoor Upholstery

Cleaning Removable Fabric

Hand Washing: Soak fabric in a solution of ¼ cup mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water. Use a sponge or very soft bristle brush to lightly agitate the stain. Then rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue, and allow the fabric to air dry.

Machine washing: Some removable casings can be washed in the washing machine, however, consult the furniture manufacturer before removing the casing as cushion construction may vary. To wash, first, close all zippers. Machine wash in cold water on the delicate cycle with normal amounts of mild laundry detergent. For severe mold or mildew, add 1 cup of bleach. Allow fabric to air dry.

 

 

Professional Cleaners:

Inquire about a firm’s experience working with Sunbrella fabrics and knowledge of cleaning and re-treatment requirements.
Mold and mildew stains:
Sunbrella fabrics do not promote mildew growth, however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances if not removed from the fabric. To remove mold or mildew:
  • Prepare a solution of 1 cup of bleach and ¼ cup mild soap per gallon of water.
  • Spray on the entire area and allow to soak into the fabric for 15 minutes.
  • Clean the entire surface area with a sponge, clean towel, or very soft bristle brush.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  • Air dry.
For severe mold/mildew growth, bleach quantities may be increased.
It is best to clean the entire surface area of the fabric to avoid water rings and stains.
For other stains, products such as Dawn,
Resolve® or 303® Spot Cleaner is applicable. Specific information on stain cleaning is available at www.sunbrella.com/stainchart 

 

 

Machine Washing:

Some removable casings can be washed in the washing machine, however, consult the furniture manufacturer before removing the casing as cushion construction may vary. To wash, first, close all zippers. Machine wash in cold water on the delicate cycle with normal amounts of mild laundry detergent. Allow fabric to air dry.

Seam-To-Seam Cleaning:

When cleaning upholstered pieces, clean the entire surface area of the fabric, from seam to seam, instead of rubbing the fabric in a circular motion on the stain. This method, along with an extractor, may be required to avoid water rings and stains.

 

Oil-Based Stains
Immediately apply an absorbent such as corn starch directly on the oil-based stain. Let sit for 10 minutes and remove the excess using a straight edge or ruler. This helps remove the stain and prevents it from being pressed into the fabric. Then proceed with the cleaning process.
For other stains, products such as Dawn, Resolve®, or 303® Spot Cleaner are applicable. Specific information on stain cleaning is available at www.sunbrella.com/stainchart Helpful Hints Avoid scrubbing, hard bristle brushes, or any other abrasive cleaning method. Sunbrella should only be allowed to air dry.
Protect the area around your Sunbrella fabric when using bleach or other chemical solvents that may discolor non-Sunbrella fabrics. Always rinse Sunbrella thoroughly.
Bleach can have harmful effects on the natural environment around you. Please follow all safety and environmental precautions according to the bleach label.
If fabric has some wrinkling, use an iron on the synthetic setting. As iron temperatures may vary, first test a small inconspicuous area before ironing the entire piece.

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