Quick Cleaning Instructions
One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella®
brand fabrics looking good and to delay deep or vigorous
cleanings is to properly maintain the fabrics. This can be
accomplished by simply brushing off dirt before it becomes
embedded in the fabrics, wiping up spills as soon as they
occur or spot cleaning soon after stains occur.
When it’s time for a thorough cleaning,
Sunbrella fabrics can be cleaned while still on an awning
frame or boat top. Simply brush off any loose dirt,
hose down and clean with a mild, lukewarm soapy solution.
Rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry. Or, size permitting, they can be removed for cleaning
in a washing machine.
Care & Cleaning
Detailed Cleaning Instructions
When cleaning Sunbrella fabrics, it is
important to observe the following:
Always use a mild soap such as
Ivory Snow, Dreft or Woolite.
Water should be cold to lukewarm.
(Never more than 100°F/38°C.)
Rinse thoroughly to remove all
Air dry only. Never apply heat to
General or light cleaning
To clean Sunbrella while still on an
awning frame, follow these simple steps:
Brush off loose dirt.
Prepare a cleaning solution of water
and mild soap such as Ivory Snow, Dreft or Woolite (no
Use a soft bristle brush to clean.
Allow cleaning solution to soak into
Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue
May not require re-treatment depending
on the age of the fabric.
If stubborn stains persist, you can use a
diluted chlorine bleach/soap mixture for spot cleaning of
mildew, roof run-off or other similar stains (see the
Sunbrella Stain Chart for specific recommendations).
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:
Eight ounces (1 cup) of chlorine
Two ounces (1/4 cup) of mild soap
One gallon of water.
Clean with soft bristle brush.
Allow mixture to soak into fabric for
up to 15 minutes.
Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue
Repeat if necessary.
Re-treatment of fabric for water and
stain resistance will be necessary.
Remember to protect the area around your
Sunbrella if using a bleach solution. Carpet or other
fabrics that are not Sunbrella may have an adverse reaction
to the bleach. If an awning is suitable in size for a
washing machine, these steps should be followed:
Use mild soap and/or detergent.
For heavier stains add 1 cup of bleach
Wash and rinse in cold water.
Air dry. Never apply heat to Sunbrella.
Re-treatment for water and stain
resistance will be necessary after machine washing.
Re-treating the fabric
As part of the finishing process,
Sunbrella fabrics are treated with a fluorocarbon finish,
which enhances water repellency. This finish is designed to
last for several years, but must be replenished after a
thorough cleaning. Based on test results, Glen Raven
recommends 303 High Tech Fabric Guard™ as the preferred
re-treatment product for Sunbrella fabrics.
Fabrics should be re-treated after
thorough cleaning or after five years of use. For more
information on re-treatment products, please visit
*Synthetic fabric heat settings normally
do not exceed 150°F/66°C.
Applying 303 High Tech Fabric Guard
303 should be applied to Sunbrella
fabrics after each thorough cleaning, which typically
removes the original finish and reduces the fabric’s water
Clean Sunbrella fabric, using one of
the cleaning methods.
Allow Sunbrella to completely air dry.
Apply 303 Fabric Guard in a well
ventilated area following instructions on the container.
Apply 303 in a thin, even coat and
allow fabric to dry completely.
Apply a second thin, even coating of
303. (Two light coatings are more effective in restoring
fabric water resistance than a single heavy coating.
A 15-ounce bottle provides coverage of
up to 50 square feet of fabric.)
For more information, please visit
Professional awning cleaners
You may have access to professional
awning cleaning firms. In evaluating the services of a
professional firm, you should inquire about a firm’s
experience in working with Sunbrella fabrics and knowledge
of cleaning and re-treatment requirements. DO NOT dry clean
Protect the area around the Sunbrella
fabric when using a bleach solution – bleach may discolor
non-Sunbrella fabrics. Always rinse Sunbrella thoroughly to
completely remove bleach.
Sunbrella air dries very quickly. Machine
drying is not necessary.
If fabric has some wrinkling, use an
iron, if necessary, but only on the synthetic* setting. As
some irons exceed the recommended 100°F/38°C temperature on
the synthetic setting, test a small inconspicuous area
before ironing entire piece.
DO NOT use a steamer or iron set to steam
Use of bleach and/or advanced age of the
fabric application may impact the deterioration of the
sewing thread and other non-Sunbrella components.
Sunbrella® is a registered trademark of Glen Raven, Inc.