As summer wraps up, you might be admiring but also critiquing your gorgeous outdoor furniture. Despite the fact that Sunbrella and other outdoor fabrics are resistant to all types of weather and everyday wear and tear, it’s probable that yours has developed some stains from all the s’mores, popsicles, and other summertime delights. From our perspective, the messiest memories are always the finest! If you’re looking for the finest method to remove the filth, we have the how-to that you need.
Sunbrella is the industry’s market leader in terms of outdoor furniture toughness. Glen Raven began producing Sunbrella in the 1960s, and since then it has become synonymous with outstanding toughness and excellent outdoor performance.
Sunbrella acrylic fabrics are now utilized for a variety of products, including awning fabric, boat covers, window treatments, and indoor and outdoor furniture. The fabric made from solution-dyed acrylic is renowned for being easy to wash, fade-proof, and water-resistant.
Continue reading to find out more about Sunbrella cushion covers and how to clean this durable fabric.
For spot cleaning:
● Begin by gently rubbing liquid spills with a dry, clean cloth.
● When cleaning up an oil-based spill, sprinkle corn-starch on the area to absorb any extra liquid, then scrape the corn-starch away with a straight edge.
● Use a spray bottle to apply a solution of soap and water to the affected area.
● Thoroughly rinse the fabric to get rid of any soap residue before letting it air dry.
● You can repeat this procedure as necessary, rubbing the soap solution into the stain with a sponge or a brush with very soft bristles.
You can clean removable Sunbrella cushion cover following these steps:
● Remove the cushion’s or the furniture’s fabric.
● Put the item in the washer by itself and use your chosen stain-removing detergent
● The cloth needs to be hand-washed by soaking it in a solution of 1 gallon of lukewarm water and 14 cups of soap.
● If required, rub the cloth with a sponge or soft brush to remove any lingering soap before thoroughly rinsing it.
● Let the air dry out.
Sunbrella cushion covers should not be dry cleaned.
● Despite the remarkable stain resistance of Sunbrella fabric, if spills are not cleaned up soon enough, complete removal may not be guaranteed.
● Be cautious when working with a bleach solution near Sunbrella cloth since bleach can discolour non-Sunbrella items.
● Always properly rinse Sunbrella in order to completely eliminate bleach.
● Please be environmentally conscious when using bleach to clean. Bleach might have detrimental environmental consequences where you live. We do not advise using bleach if you are close to a body of water or another possibly damaged area.
Sunbrella air dries very fast.
The degradation of the sewing thread and other non-Sunbrella components may be impacted by the use of bleach and/or the advanced age of the cloth application.
Cleaning Sunbrella fabrics with the Sunbrella graphics system
Hose down Sunbrella® fabrics once a month with clean water for one of the best methods to keep them looking great. This reduces the need for more regular cleaning and helps keep dirt from being deeply ingrained in the fabric. A thorough cleaning is required every two to three years, in the majority of situations.
Sunbrella fabrics may be thoroughly cleaned while still attached to an awning frame. It’s crucial to follow these cleaning instructions when using Sunbrella materials:
● Water should be cool to lukewarm;
● Always use a light soap, such as Woolite® or Dawn® dishwashing liquid. Rinse well to get rid of all soap residue.
● Only air dry. Never heat Sunbrella materials. NEITHER USE A POWER WASHER NOR A SPRAYER.
● When cleaning areas containing graphics, AVOID using a forceful, abrasive scouring technique.
● If you need to clean sections containing graphics, AVOID using abrasive cleaners/solvents like acetone.
● Do not wash in a machine.
Follow these easy procedures to clean Sunbrella while it’s still attached to an awning frame:
● Clean up any loose dirt. Shower off.
● Create a cleaning solution with water and a moderate dishwashing agent, like Woolite or Dawn.
● To clean, use a brush with soft bristles.
● Permit the cleaning agent to permeate the fabric.
● Rinse thoroughly until all soap traces are gone.
Depending on the fabric’s age, re-treatment might not be necessary. If spills are very persistent, you can use a diluted bleach/soap solution to clean up other similar spills on the spot.
Heavy-Duty Cleaning for Mildew and Stuck-On Spills
Although mildew does not thrive on Sunbrella fabrics, it can grow on dirt and other foreign materials that are left on the cloth.
Getting rid of mildew or other difficult messes:
● For every gallon of clean water, mix 1 cup of chlorine bleach and ¼ cup of mild soap.
● Use a soft-bristled brush to clean.
● The vinyl graphics’ “edge” should not be brushed. Brush away from the vinyl edge and in the direction of the vinyl graphics.
● Give the mixture up to 15 minutes to seep into the fabric.
● Rinse well until all soap residue has been eliminated.
● Air drying. If necessary, repeat.
It will be necessary to re-treat the cloth for water and stain resistance.
Moving away from Sunbrella Fabrics
Sunbrella fabrics are designed to perform well over time. You may decide to renew your fabrics with a suitable receding agent after numerous thorough cleanings or years of use and exposure.
Applying a retreatment:
● Clean the Sunbrella material with one of the suggested cleaning techniques.
● Allow Sunbrella to air dry entirely.
● Apply retreatment as directed on the container in a well-ventilated location.
Other Spots & Cleaning Techniques
Here are some of the most typical spills and stains, although most of the cleaning procedure remains the same. Sunbrella offers various mixtures for various types of spills and stains.
● Mix ¼ cup of dishwasher soap with each gallon of water to get rid of coffee, tea, raw eggs, ketchup, or milk.
● Mix one cup of ammonia and one cup of dishwashing liquid in one gallon of water to remove dried blood.
Is chewing gum lodged in the material? Isopropyl alcohol should be used to clean it, and a gallon of water should be cleaned with ¼ cup of dishwasher liquid.