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How To : Cleaning Sunbrella Upholstery and Sunbrella Drapery

How To : Cleaning Sunbrella Upholstery and Sunbrella Drapery

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.

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General or Light Cleaning

  1. Brush off any loose dirt.
  2. Prepare a cleaning solution of 1/4 cup mild soap, such as Woolite or Dawn dishwashing liquid, per gallon of lukewarm water.
  3. Use a sponge or a soft bristle brush to clean.
  4. Allow cleaning solution to soak into fabric.
  5. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  6. Allow fabric to air dry.

Spot Cleaning

  1. Apply a light mist of mild soap and water using a spray bottle.
  2. Work the solution into the stain by lightly scrubbing the area with a sponge or very soft bristle brush.
  3. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  4. Blot excess moisture with a clean, soft towel or sponge.
  5. Wet-vacuum or blot excess water.
  6. Air dry. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all soap residue is removed.

For Removable Sunbrella Fabric

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

Machine wash in cold water. Depending on wash load size, use normal amounts of mild laundry detergent and add 1 cup of bleach. Allow fabric to air dry.

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 stubborn stains:

  1. Prepare a solution of 1 cup of bleach and 1/4 cup mild soap per gallon of water.
  2. Spray on entire area and allow to soak into the fabric for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove stain with a sponge, clean towel or very soft bristle brush.
  4. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  5. Allow fabric to air dry.
  6. If stain and/or mildew are severe, bleach quantities may be increased. View the stain chart for removal of specific stains.

Re-treating the abric for ease of cleaning

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.)
    Note: A 15-ounce bottle provides coverage of up to 50 square feet of fabric.

For more information, visit www.303products.com.

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