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  • Writer's pictureReynier Morales


One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella awning fabrics looking good is to hose fabrics off on a monthly basis with clear water. This helps prevent dirt from becoming deeply embedded in the fabric and eliminates the need for more frequent vigorous cleaning. In most environments, a thorough cleaning will be needed every two to three years.

When it's time for a thorough cleaning, Sunbrella awning fabrics can be cleaned while still on an awning frame or, size permitting, they can be removed to aid in the cleaning of stubborn stains or for professional cleaning.

General Or Light Awning Fabric Cleaning

  1. Brush off loose dirt.

  2. Hose down.

  3. Prepare a cleaning solution of water and mild soap such as Woolite or Dawn dishwashing liquid.

  4. Use a soft bristle brush to clean.

  5. Allow cleaning solution to soak into the fabric.

  6. Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue is removed.

  7. Air dry.

  8. May not require re-treatment depending on the age of the fabric. If stubborn stains persist, you can use a diluted bleach/soap mixture for spot cleaning of mildew. For roof run-off or other similar stains a strong degreaser may be required.

Heavy Awning Fabric Cleaning For Stubborn Stains And Mildew

Sunbrella fabrics do not promote mildew growth, however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances that are not removed from the fabric. To clean stubborn stains:

  1. Prepare a solution of 1 cup of bleach and one fourth cup mild soap per gallon of clean water.

  2. Allow mixture to soak into fabric for up to 15 minutes. Clean with soft bristle brush.

  3. Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue is removed.

  4. Air dry.

  5. Repeat if necessary.

  6. Re-treatment of fabric for water and stain resistance will be necessary after using bleach solution.

Remember to protect the area around your Sunbrella fabric if using a bleach solution. Carpet or other fabrics that are not Sunbrella may have an adverse reaction to the bleach.

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