How Do You Clean Sunbrella Fabric?


Quick Answer

Although there are various methods to clean your Sunbrella fabric, one of the most basic methods is to clean the fabric gently with mild dish soap and lukewarm water. Finish by rinsing the fabric thoroughly and allowing it to air-dry.

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  1. Prepare the fabric for cleaning

    First, brush off all loose dirt from your Sunbrella fabric. Depending on the location of your fabric, whether in your home, inside your boat or outside, you need to prepare the fabric accordingly.

  2. Clean the fabric

    Prepare a cleaning solution of 1/4 cup mild soap, such as Woolite or Dawn dishwashing liquid, per gallon of lukewarm water. For outdoor fabrics, you may use a hose to wet the fabric before washing. Use a sponge or a soft bristle brush to clean the fabric. Allow the cleaning solution to soak in to the fabric. For stubborn stains, work the solution into the stain by lightly scrubbing the area. Some removable fabrics are machine washable in cold water with mild laundry detergent.

  3. Rinse the fabric

    Rinse the fabric thoroughly to remove all soap residue. Blot excess moisture with a clean, soft towel or sponge. You may also use a wet-vacuum to suck up excess water. Never apply heat to Sunbrella fabrics, and always allow the fabric to air-dry.

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