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Fabric Care and Cleaning

Keeping Sunbrella fabric looking its best is simple and easy.

  • Use a sponge or soft brush to apply mild soap and warm water to the fabric.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Air dry.

For stubborn stains or mildew:

  • Add one cup of bleach per gallon of soap and water.
  • Apply directly to the stain.
  • Use a sponge or soft brush to clean.
  • Allow mixture to soak into fabric for up to 15 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Air dry.

If necessary, repeat with additional bleach.

Always rinse thoroughly. Bleach won’t harm Sunbrella fabric, but it will damage clothing if not rinsed away.

Sunbrella fabric air dries very quickly. Machine drying is unnecessary and high heat may damage the fabric.

One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella awning fabrics looking good and to delay the need for deep or vigorous cleaning is to hose fabrics off on a monthly basis with clear, cool water. In most environments, a thorough cleaning will be needed every 4-6 years.

Stain Recommended cleaning solutions
Bird Droppings 2oz. dishwashing liquid per 1 gallon water, or Goo Gone Grease Cutter (a hand cleaner), Greased Lightning, or Clean Rite Purple Power (available at most major retailers), rinse thoroughly.
Grease Volatile solvent (acetone 100%), rinse thoroughly
Iron rust Carbona Stain Devil #9, rinse thoroughly
Mildew 2 oz. dishwashing liquid and 1 cup bleach per 1 gallon water, rinse thoroughly
Oil Volatile solvent (acetone 100%) rinse thoroughly
Paint Paint remover (100%), oil or grease remover (mix as directed), rinse thoroughly
Tree sap Turpentine (100%), 2 oz. dishwashing liquid per 1 gallon water, rinse thoroughly

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Both the frame installers and the cover installers did a great job, very nice guys. We are very satisfied.

Bill & Roberta H. from Reading