Sunbrella® is made of 100% solution-dyed fiber, which gives it color brightness that is unsurpassed. Being a woven fabric, it breathes and is translucent. It is guaranteed for a period of five years against loss of color or strength from normal exposure conditions including sunlight, mildew, rot and atmospheric chemicals. Sunbrella has a fluorocarbon finish which provides excellent water repellency.
1. Sunbrella fabric should be cleaned regularly before substances such as dirt, roof particles, etc. are allowed to accumulate and become embedded in the fabric. The fabric can be cleaned without being removed from the frame. Simply brush off any loose dirt, roof particles, etc. hose down and clean with a mild soap in lukewarm water (no more than 100° F.) Rinse thoroughly to remove soap. DO NOT USE DETERGENTS!
2. For stubborn stains, soak the fabric for approximately 20 minutes in a solution of not more than 1⁄2 cup (4 oz.) of bleach and 1⁄4 cup mild soap per gallon of water at approximately 100° F. A non-chlorine bleach is recommended for Sunbrella "Plus" because of the urethane coating. Rinse thoroughly in cold water to remove all of the soap. Note: excessive soaking in bleach can deteriorate sewing threads. This method of cleaning may remove part of the water repellency. If water repellency is a factor, the fabric should receive an application of an air-curing water repellant treatment.
3. Sunbrella may be dry cleaned, but a water repellant treatment must be applied to the fabric after dry cleaning to reestablish water repellency. Sunbrella is made from 100% acrylic fiber and is thermoplastic or heat sensitive. When washing or cleaning, DO NOT SUBJECT TO EXCESSIVE HEAT as the fabric will shrink. DO NOT STEAM PRESS OR DRY IN ELECTRIC OR GAS DRYERS, but allow to air dry.
4. In cases where a Sunbrella awning is taken down and stored during the winter season, it should be cleaned, allowed to air dry, and stored in a dry, well-ventilated area. Many fabricators offer a reasonably priced removal, cleaning and storage and rehanging service on a yearly basis.