How To : Cleaning Sunbrella Marine Interior Fabrics

How To : Cleaning Sunbrella Marine Interior Fabrics

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.

Removable Cushion Covers and Slipcovers
Spot Cleaning Upholstered Pieces

Apply a light mist of mild detergent and water using a spray bottle.
Remove stain with a sponge or very soft bristle brush.
Rinse thoroughly to remove all detergent residue.
Air dry, blot, or wet-vacuum excess water.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all detergent residue is removed.

Hand Washing

Soak fabric in a solution of 1/4 cup mild detergent, such as Woolite or Dawn dishwashing liquid, per gallon of lukewarm water.
Use a sponge or a soft bristle brush as necessary.
Rinse thoroughly to remove all detergent residue.
Air dry.

Machine Washing

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

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 detergent per gallon of clean water.*
Soak affected area in solution for 15 minutes.
Remove stain with a sponge or clean towel.
Rinse thoroughly to remove all detergent residue.
Air dry.

*If stain and/or mildew are severe, bleach quantities may be increased. See our Stain chart for removal of specific stains.
Re-treating the Fabric

Sunbrella fabrics have a special finish that 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 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 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.)

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Additional Cleaning Instructions
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

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 detergent.

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.

DO NOT use a steamer or an iron with steam setting. If the fabric has some wrinkling, use an iron, 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.

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