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How to Clean Sunbrella Cushions

Sunbrella fabrics are particularly suited for outdoor furniture because they are treated with a fluorocarbon finish, which repels water; they're woven, which makes them breathable and allows them to air dry quickly; and they do not support mildew growth.

Things You Will Need

  • Soft bristle brush
  • Sponge
  • Bucket
  • Spray bottle
  • Mild liquid soap
  • Bleach
  • Fabric guard

Sunbrella fabrics are particularly suited for outdoor furniture because they are treated with a fluorocarbon finish, which repels water; they're woven, which makes them breathable and allows them to air dry quickly; and they do not support mildew growth.  Although this fabric has appealing characteristics, cleaning maintenance is still required.

  1. Use a soft bristled bush to gently remove any loose dirt.
  2. Mix a solution of one-quarter cup mild soap and 1 gallon of warm water together and pour the solution into a spray bottle.
  3. Spray the solution on the cushions and allow it to soak into the fabric.
  4. Use a sponge to clean the area. For tough stains, use the soft bristle brush to work the solution deeper into the fabric.
  5. Use plenty of water to thoroughly rinse the area.
  6. Allow the cushions to air dry.
  7. Treat cushions with a fabric guard to keep it water-resistant. Sunbrella suggests 303 High Tech Fabric Guard. Simply follow the package instructions.
  8. Tip

    For areas of mildew growth, add 4 ounces of bleach to the mild soap and water mixture. Stains brought about from dirt and even food particles can be avoided by brushing off the Sunbrella cushions on a regular basis.

    Warning

    According to BeFurnished.com and CushionCraft.com, removable Sunbrella fabric cushion covers can be machine washed in cold water. However CushionCraft.com strongly recommends using only natural soap, never detergent. If you feel you must machine wash your cushion covers, do so with caution.

    Never dry Sunbrella fabric in the dryer. This can cause the fabric to shrink.

Things You Will Need

  • Soft bristle brush
  • Sponge
  • Bucket
  • Spray bottle
  • Mild liquid soap
  • Bleach
  • Fabric guard

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