For Sunbrella® and Sattler® fabrics, follow the instructions & advice below:
One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella® & Sattler® fabrics looking good and to delay the need for deep or vigorous cleanings is to hose fabrics off on a monthly basis with clear water. This practice will help prevent dirt from becoming deeply imbedded 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® & Sattler® fabrics can be cleaned while still on an awning frame or a boat or, size permitting, they can be removed for cleaning in a washing machine.
When cleaning these fabrics, it is important to observe the following:
- Always use a 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 you are cleaning Sunbrella® while still on a frame or on a boat, follow these simple steps:
- Brush off loose dirt
- Hose down
- Prepare a cleaning mixture of water and mild, natural soap (no detergents)
- Use a soft bristle brush to clean
- Allow soap to soak in
- Rinse thoroughly
- Air dry
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 soft bristle brush.
- Allow mixture to soak for up to 20 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly.
- Air dry.
- Repeat if necessary.
If an awning is suitable in size for a washing machine, these steps should be followed:
- Use only natural soaps. No detergent.
- Wash and rinse in cold water.
- Air dry. Never put Sunbrella® fabrics in your dryer
Sunbrella® & Sattler® fabrics are treated with a fluorocarbon finish that acts as a sealant resistant to water & stains. Sunbrella® & Sattler® are able to hold up against inclement weather and even most stains. For those occasions when stains may occur below are our recommended cleaning methods for Sunbrella® & Sattler® for some of the most common and toughest stains:
BEER liquid detergent, white vinegar
BERRY liquid detergent / ammonia (3-6% water)
BLOOD (DRIED) detergent / ammonia (3-6% water)
BUTTER volatile solvent (acetone)
CHARCOAL, PENCIL MARKS vacuum, then liquid detergent
CATSUP OR MUSTARD liquid detergent
CHEWING GUM volatile solvent (acetone)
CHOCOLATE liquid detergent, ammonia water
COFFEE detergent, white vinegar, volatile solvent (acetone)
COLA liquid detergent
CRAYON paint, oil or grease remover
EGG (RAW) liquid detergent
GRAPE JUICE liquid detergent
GRAVY liquid detergent
GREASE (CAR) volatile solvent (acetone)
INK (PERMANENT, INDIA, BALLPOINT) paint remover, volatile solvent (acetone), detergent
IRON RUST oxalic or citrus acids, water
LIPSTICK paint, oil or grease remover
MASCARA paint remover, volatile solvent (acetone), detergent, water
MILDEW 1/2 cup of bleach and 1/4 cup natural soap per gallon of water
MILK liquid detergent
NAIL POLISH volatile solvent (acetone)
OIL volatile solvent (acetone)
ORANGE DRINK liquid detergent, water
PAINT (LATEX) WET liquid detergent, water
PAINT (LATEX) DRIED paint, oil or grease remover
PAINT (OIL OR LACQUER) paint, oil or grease remover
SHOE POLISH (LIQUID) volatile solvent (acetone)
SHOE POLISH (WAX) apply heated iron over towel, volatile solvent (acetone)
SUNTAN LOTION Pine Power® or pine oil detergent
TEA liquid detergent
TOMATO JUICE liquid detergent
TREE SAP turpentine, liquid detergent
URINE liquid detergent, white vinegar
VOMIT detergent, water, white vinegar
WATER COLOR liquid detergent, water, white vinegar
WAX (CANDLE) apply heated iron over towel, volatile solvent (acetone)
WINE liquid detergent / ammonia (3-6% water), white vinegar