How to Clean Sunbrella Fabric

How to Clean Sunbrella Fabric

“Anything but white!” – a common reply that we hear in the store when asking what color fabric choice our clients want for their outdoor furniture. Sure, a red wine spill on a brand new white cushion is often grounds for a panic attack. But if it’s Sunbrella, you can rest assured that any stain is sure to come out of any color choice (yes, including white!) with a few easy cleaning instructions.

Sunbrella Fabric is stain, fade, mold, mildew, water, UV resistant. The root of these super powers? The yarn is “solution-dyed”, meaning the pigment is layered through while the fabric is being manufactured, so the color is extremely fade resistant. Kind of like when you peel a carrot- the color is there right to its core.


  • For general, day-to-day maintenance of your Sunbrella fabric, you can rely on these easy steps:
  • Brush off loose dirt.
  • Spray on a cleaning solution of water and mild soap.
  • Use a soft bristle brush to clean.
  • Allow cleaning solution to soak into the fabric.
  • Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue is removed.
  • Air dry.

If dirt is not removed from the fabric, it is possible for mold/ mildew to grow on Sunbrella fabric over time. To clean mold and mildew:

  • Prepare a solution of 1 cup bleach and one fourth cup of mild soap per gallon of water.
  • Spray on entire area and allow to soak into the fabric for 15 minutes.
  • Clean entire surface area with a sponge, clean towel or very soft bristle brush.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  • Let air dry.


  • BLOT, don’t rub.
  • Don’t not use any harsh cleaning tools- a soft bristle brush is best.
  • Clean the entire surface area of the fabric- this will avoid water rings and stains.
  • Protect the area around you when using bleach and other cleaning chemicals.
  • Always air dry.

Some stains are unique and require a bit of extra love. In these instances, you can type any stain Sunbrella’s stain removal search bar on their website and receive specific instructions on how to remove that stain:

With all this in mind, your fabric choice doesn’t have the be as grey as the skies in Vancouver. Freely choose whatever Sunbrella fabric shouts YOU- it’s your garden party after all!

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