Fabric Care & Cleaning Instructions

Select your topic of interest from our list below for more information regarding Sunbrella care and cleaning.

Sunbrella Care & Cleaning Overview

It is important to care for your Sunbrella fabrics properly so they remain their original appearance. Avoiding a need for deep cleaning is as easy as removing dirt before it enters the fabric, cleaning up spills as soon as they happen and eliminating stains as quickly as possible. After all, Sunbrella fabrics have a special finish, which boosts water repellency and is designed to last for many years of use.

View the Sunbrella fabric Stain Chart for recommended cleaning solutions.
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Sunbrella Indoor Furniture

Indoor furniture care & cleaning (pdf) / Stain Chart (pdf)

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For Removable Cushion Covers & Slipcovers:

    Hand washing
  1. Immerse 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 needed.
  3. Be sure to rinse the item thoroughly to remove any residue that may remain.
  4. Allow your item to air dry.

    Spot cleaning upholstered pieces
  1. Use a spray bottle to mist your fabric lightly with mild soap and water.
  2. Gently scrub with a sponge or very soft bristle brush to remove stains.
  3. Rinse completely to eliminate all soap residue.
  4. To remove excess water, use a wet-vacuum or blot the area.
  5. Air dry. If needed, repeat steps three and four until all residue is removed.

For stubborn stains and/or mildew
While Sunbrella fabric does not support the growth of mildew, mildew may exist on dirt and other substances if they are not removed from the fabric.

  1. Mix 1 cup bleach, 1/4 cup of mild soap, and a gallon of water.
  2. Place the stained area in the mixture for 15 minutes.
  3. With a sponge, clean towel or very soft bristle brush, gently scrub the area.
  4. Rinse thoroughly to remove any residue.
  5. Allow your fabric to air dry.

*If stain and/or mildew are severe, bleach quantities may be increased. See our Stain Chart for removal of specific stains.

When using a bleach mixture around your Sunbrella fabric, be sure to protect the area. Bleach may dye non-Sunbrella fabrics. Also, wash your Sunbrella fabrics completely to remove all bleach and soap residue. In addition, because Sunbrella fabrics air dry quickly, it is not necessary to machine dry. If you are troubled with wrinkles, use an iron with a "synthetic fabric" heat setting. Otherwise, it is recommended you do not use a steamer or an iron with a steam setting on your Sunbrella fabrics.
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Sunbrella Outdoor Furniture

Sunbrella Bench Cushion

Outdoor furniture care & cleaning (pdf) / Stain Chart (pdf)

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    General or light cleaning
  1. Remove any dirt by lightly brushing the material.
  2. Mix 2 ounces of mild soap and a gallon of lukewarm water.
  3. To clean your fabric, gently scrub with a sponge or a soft bristle brush.
  4. Soak your fabric within the mixture.
  5. Make sure you completely rinse your fabric to eliminate any residue.
  6. Air dry your fabric.
    Spot cleaning
  1. Using a spray bottle, lightly mist your fabric with cleaning solution.
  2. Gently scrub the stained area with a sponge or a very soft bristle brush.
  3. Be sure to rinse the entire area to eliminate any residue.
  4. Remove excess moisture by blotting the area with a soft, clean towel or sponge.
  5. If necessary, repeat steps one through four until stain is removed entirely.
    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 mildew, or other stubborn stains:
  1. Mix 8 ounces of bleach, 2 ounces of mild soap and a gallon of water.
  2. Spray the entirety of the fabric and allow the mixture to soak properly.
  3. Use a soft bristle brush, sponge or clean towel to scrub the area forcefully.
  4. Afterwards, be sure to rinse the area completely to remove any residue.
  5. Air dry your fabric.

If stain and/or mildew are severe, bleach quantities may be increased. See our Stain Chart for removal of specific stains.

Professional cleaners
If you choose to use a professional cleaner for your Sunbrella fabric, ask about their experience with cleaning and re-treating Sunbrella fabrics. In most instances, do not dry clean your Sunbrella fabrics.

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Sunbrella Stain Removal

View the Sunbrella fabric Stain Chart for recommended cleaning solutions.

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