Caring For Your Outdoor Sunbrella Fabric

Sunbrella outdoor fabrics are designed and engineered to survive the toughest weather conditions and should stay looking new for years to come when properly cared for.

Sunbrella fabrics are treated with fluorocarbon finish during its finishing process in order to further enhance its ability to repel water. The finish should last for several years but it must be replenished after extensive cleaning. We recommend using a 303 Fabric Guard for the re-treatment and replenishment of the fluorocarbon finish of your Sunbrella fabric, which restores repellency to factory new levels.

General Cleaning

Start by brushing any dirt from the umbrella

Mix ¼ cup of mild soap such as Dawm for each gallon of water (lukewarm)

Using a soft bristle brush or a sponge brush the umbrella with the prepared solution and allow it to soak into the fabric for a few minutes

Rinse and remove all soap residues

Allow the fabric to air dry

Note: Prior to maintaining or cleaning, it is important to clean the entire surface of the fabric to avoid water rings.


Spot Cleaning

Using a spray bottle apply a light mist of soap and water on the stain

Gently scrub the area with a sponge or a soft bristle brush

In case of an oil stain, apply an absorbing substance such as corn starch for approximately 10 minutes to remove the oil from the fabric.

Rinse to remove all the soap remaining

Remove extra moisture with a sponge or a towel

Blot or wet vacuum excess water

Air dry and repeat the steps until all soap is removed

Note: Please refer to the Stain Removal Chart by Sunbrella to know how to clean different types of stain.


Cleaning Mold and Mildew

Prepare cleaning solution: 1 cup of bleach and ¼ cup of mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water

Using a spray bottle, spray the targeted area entirely and allow it to soak for 15 minutes

Blot set in stains with a clean towel, a sponge or a very soft bristle brush

Rinse to remove all residues of the cleaning solution

Allow to air dry


Machine Washing

If your Sunbrella cushion casing is removable, you can machine wash it in cold water or delicate cycle with normal amounts of laundry detergent (soft to mild). Add 1 cup of bleach for severe stains, mildew or mold and always allow the fabric to air dry.

Note: You may want to increase the bleach quantities for more severe mold or mildew.


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