How to Remove Stains from Sunbrella Material

Carole Ellis

Sunbrellas are large umbrellas designed to shade areas rather than protect them from the rain. Sunbrella fabric gets stained and dirty over time from being outside. Fortunately, the fabric is stain resistant and even tough stains can usually be removed with a cleaning compound made of ingredients found in your own kitchen and cleaning closet.

  1. Brush off the sunbrella. Use your hands, the dry scrub brush or a broom to brush off dirt, leaves and other debris.

  2. Mix up your first cleaning solution. In the bucket, combine a quarter cup of liquid soap and a gallon of lukewarm water. Swirl the solution around. You do not need to make suds.

  3. Scrub the sunbrella using the cleaning solution. Use firm pressure and circular scrubbing motions. Be liberal with the cleaning mix---you can always make more. Since sunbrellas are stain resistant, most if not all stains should come off during this cleaning. Once you have saturated the fabric with the cleaning solution and scrubbed it thoroughly, let the fabric soak for 15 minutes.

  4. Hose down the sunbrella. This will rinse off the cleaning solution. Scrub any tough spots again with the scrub brush as you rinse.

  5. Mix your second cleaning solution. In a spray bottle, combine a cup of bleach, a cup of vinegar and a quarter cup of mild soap. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with warm water. Swirl to mix, but you do not need to create lots of soap suds.

  6. Spot-treat stubborn stains. Use the spray bottle to attack stubborn stains. This mixture will treat mold, mildew, beer, coffee, most foods, wet paint, tea, tomato juice, vomit, watercolor paints, wine and a variety of miscellaneous, environmental stains. Scrub the stains using the scrub brush, then, once they are scrubbed and saturated, let the solution sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it out.

  7. Let your sunbrella dry. Keep it extended until the fabric is completely dry.