Fabric & Fabric Care
Fabric & Fabric Care
One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella® fabrics looking good and delay the need for deep or vigorous cleaning is to hose fabric off on a monthly basis with clear water. Check down below for more tips on fabric care. With choices this beautiful, it's no wonder Sunbrella® fabric is the leading outdoor performance fabric in the world.
Since Sunbrella® fabric is available in over 100 styles and colors, you’re sure to find numerous choices that will both complement your home’s exterior and coordinate with your home’s interior. See Sunbrella®’s Factory Showroom. From traditional solids and stripes to contemporary variations of designer hues, you can select the exact fabric that will complement your home. Even better, you can coordinate your awning with deck or patio furnishings covered in Sunbrella® furniture fabrics. Since all Sunbrella® fabrics are easy to clean and fade resistant, you can be sure that your awnings will look beautiful for years and years.
Sunbrella®’s beauty, its ability to stand up to the elements, and the fact that we offer the best limited warranty in the business, means you’ll enjoy your awning for years to come. Fixed frame awnings will beautify your home or business, provide protection from the sun’s harmful rays, and reduce your summer cooling bills. Extend your outdoor living space with a fun color or pattern that helps you be at home. Sunbrella® fabrics are a practical way to add comfortable shade.
Fabric Care Recommendations from Sunbrella®
Care and Cleaning Instructions: Some of the most frequently asked questions about Sunbrella® fabrics concern care and cleaning. The good news is that Sunbrella is designed to be easy to maintain. By following a few simple care and cleaning steps, the fabric will maintain its good looks for many years.
Important Background: Sunbrella® fabrics are made from 100% solution-dyed acrylic yarns. Solution-dying is the process of adding color to acrylic fibers during manufacturing while they are in a liquid state. This characteristic of Sunbrella® fabrics is the key to locking in color, easy cleaning and long life. Because Sunbrella® fabrics are woven, they are also highly breathable, which is why they dry quickly with only air exposure. It’s also important to know that Sunbrella® fabrics are treated with a fluorocarbon finish, which enhances water repellency. This finish requires replenishment after vigorous cleaning.
Cleaning: 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 monthly 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, size permitting.
When cleaning Sunbrella® fabrics, it is important to observe the following:
- Always use natural soap. Never detergent.
- Water should be cold to lukewarm. Never more than 100 degrees.
- Air dry only, Never apply heat to Sunbrella® fabrics.
- If stubborn stains persist, you can use a diluted chlorine bleach/soap mixture for spot cleaning of mildew, roof run-off and other similar stains.
- Prepare a special cleaning mixture:
- Four ounces (half cup) of chlorine bleach.
- Two ounces (one-fourth cup) of natural soap.
- One gallon of water.
- Clean with a soft bristle brush.
- Allow the mixture to soak for up to 20 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly.
- Air dry.
- Repeat if necessary
Professional Cleaners: You may have access to professional cleaning firms that service awnings. 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.