One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella® fabrics looking good and to delay the need for deep
or vigorous cleanings is to hose fabrics off on a monthly basis with clear water. This practice
will help prevent dirt from becoming deeply embedded in the fabric and eliminate the need for more
frequent vigorous cleanings. In most environments, a thorough cleaning will be needed every two
to three years. When it's time for a thorough cleaning, Sunbrella® fabrics can be cleaned while
still on an awning frame or a boat, or, size permitting, they can be removed for cleaning in a
After a thorough cleaning, Sunbrella® fabrics should be treated to re-establish water repellency.
Sunbrella® fabrics are treated with fluorocarbon-based water repellency chemicals during manufacturing,
and it is recommended that a fluorocarbon product be used for retreatment, such as Apco, Uniseal or Sunseal.
Sunbrella® features a soil and stain-resistant finish, so it's very easy to clean.
Spot wash by sponging briskly with a soapy solution of natural soap in lukewarm water.
Rinse thoroughly with clear water to remove the soap and let the fabric air dry. For stubborn
stains or suntan lotions, use a fabric spot remover, following the directions on the container.
These solution dyed yarns do not promote mildew growth. However, mildew may grow on dirt and
other foreign substances that are not removed from the fabric. To remove mildew stains, prepare
a mild solution of one cup bleach plus two caps full of a natural soap per gallon of water.
Spray on entire area and allow to soak in. If necessary, scrub vigorously with a sponge or
clean rag. Sponge thoroughly with clean water, and let air dry.
Sunbrella® fabric should be cleaned regularly before substances such as dirt, roof particles, etc.
are allowed to accumulate on and become embedded in the fabric. The fabric can be cleaned without
being removed from the installation. Simply brush off any loose dirt, roof particles, etc.; hose
down and clean with a mild solution of natural soap in lukewarm water (no more than 100º F).
Rinse thoroughly to remove soap. DO NOT USE DETERGENTS. Allow to air dry.
For more stubborn cases: Soak the fabric for approximately twenty minutes in a solution of no
more than 1/2 cup of a non-chlorine bleach and 1/4 cup natural soap per gallon of water at approximate
100º F. Rinse thoroughly in cold water to remove all of the soap. Note: excessive soaking in
non-chlorine bleach can deteriorate sewing threads. This method of cleaning may remove part of
the water repellency and the fabric should receive an application of an air-curing fluorocarbon
water repellent treatment, if water repellency is a factor.
Sunbrella® is made from 100% solution dyed acrylic fiber which is thermoplastic.
DO NOT SUBJECT TO EXCESSIVE HEAT. When Sunbrella® fabric is stored, it should be cleaned,
allowed to air dry, and stored in a dry, well ventilated area.
This fabric features a DuPont Teflon soil and stain resistant finish that makes cleanup a breeze.
Spot wash by sponging briskly with a natural soap in lukewarm water. Rinse thoroughly with clean
water to remove soap and air dry. DO NOT USE BLEACH OR HARSH CLEANSERS ON PRINTS.