One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella® marine fabric looking good and to delay deep or vigorous cleanings is to properly maintain the fabric. This can be accomplished by simply brushing off dirt before it becomes embedded in the fabric, wiping up spills as soon as they occur or spot cleaning soon after stains occur.
Cleaning The Cover on the Seat
Apply a light mist of mild detergent, such as Woolite, Ivory or Dawn dishwashing liquid, and lukewarm water using a spray bottle.
Use a sponge or soft bristle brush to spread the liquid mixture.
Rinse with water to remove the detergent residue.
Air dry or wet vacuum the excess water.
Machine Washing the Cover
Remove the cover from the seat by carefully opening the zipper on the seat back and peeling the cover down.
Machine wash in cold water with mild laundry detergent. For stubborn stains, add bleach. (If using a strong detergent and/or bleach, refer to “Retreating the Fabric” for instructions to restore the UV protection and water repellency properties).
For Stubborn Stains and/or Mildew
Sunbrella® marine fabric doesn’t promote mildew growth, however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances that aren’t removed from the fabric.
Prepare a solution of bleach, mild detergent and lukewarm water. (See instructions for “Retreating the Fabric” to restore UV protection and water repellency properties).
Soak affected area in solution.
Remove stain with a sponge or clean towel.
Rinse to remove detergent residue.
Retreating the Fabric
Sunbrella® marine fabric has a special finish that enhances water repellency and UV protection. The 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 retreatment of Sunbrella® fabric. Fabric should be retreated after thorough cleaning or after five years use.
Clean fabric using one of the cleaning methods.
Air dry completely.
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 coat. (Two light coats are more effective in restoring fabric than a single heavy coating).