One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella Sling fabrics looking good and to delay the need for deep cleaning is to rinse regularly with clean water to help prevent dirt from becoming deeply embedded in the fabric. Simply brush away loose dirt, rinse, and clean with a mild, lukewarm soapy solution. Rinse thoroughly and allow to air-dry.
General or Light Cleaning
- Rinse with clean water.
- Prepare a solution of 1⁄4 cup mild soap per gallon of luke warm water or use Sunbrella Clean™ Multi-Purpose Fabric Cleaner. Or a cleaner such as 303 Multi Surface Cleaner.
- Use a soft bristle brush to clean the fabric.
- Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue and allow fabric to air dry.
- Repeat as necessary.
Heavy Cleaning For Stubborn Spills and Mildew
Sunbrella fabrics do not promote mildew growth, however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances if not removed from the fabric. To remove mold and mildew:
- Prepare a solution of 1 cup of bleach and 1/4 cup mild soap per gallon of water.
- Spray on entire area and allow the solution to sit for 15 minutes. Continue to spray area if it begins to dry too quickly.
- Clean entire surface area with a sponge, clean towel or very soft bristle brush.
- Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
- Air dry. For severe mold/mildew growth, bleach quantities may be increased.
It is best to clean the entire surface area of the fabric to avoid water rings and residue.
Oil Based Spills
Immediately apply an absorbent such as cornstarch directly on the oil based spill. Let sit for 10 minutes and remove the excess using a straight edge or ruler. This helps remove the spill and prevents it from being pressed into the fabric. Then proceed with the cleaning process.
For tough stains, use Sunbrella Extract™ Oil Based Stain Remover or treat with a strong degreaser and rinse thoroughly.
Specific information on spill cleaning is available at sunbrella.com/cleaningguide.
Retreating Sunbrella Fabrics
Sunbrella fabrics are engineered to provide long-term performance. After repeated thorough cleanings, or extended use and exposure, you may choose to refresh your fabrics with an appropriate retreating agent. We recommend Sunbrella Restore™ Fabric Protector & Repellent or 303® Fabric Guard™, available in the United States, and Tex’Aktiv, available internationally.
Applying a treatment:
- Clean Sunbrella fabric, using one of the cleaning methods outlined.
- Allow Sunbrella to completely air dry.
- Apply retreatment outdoors in a well-ventilated area following instructions on the container.
While Sunbrella fabric offers excellent protection against stains, full removal is not always guaranteed if spills are not addressed promptly.
Avoid scrubbing, hard bristle brushes or any other abrasive cleaning method.
Sunbrella should only be allowed to air dry.
Protect the area around your Sunbrella fabric when using bleach or other chemical solvents that may discolor non-Sunbrella fabrics. Always rinse Sunbrella thoroughly.
Bleach can have harmful effects on the natural environment around you. Please follow all safety and environmental precautions according to the bleach label.