How do you maintain a sunbrella marine fabrics?
One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella fabrics looking good and to delay deep or vigorous cleanings is to properly maintain the fabrics. This can be accomplished by simply brushing off dirt before it becomes embedded in the fabrics, wiping up spills as soon as they occur or spot cleaning soon after stains occur.
Try this first... With a new spill on your Sunbrella fabric.
• Blot (don’t rub) liquid spills with a clean, dry cloth. For oil-based spills, apply
an absorbent such as corn starch, then remove with a straight edge.
• Spray on a mild cleaning solution of soap (such as Dawn® or Woolite®) and water.
• Rinse the fabric thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
• Air dry.
Try this next... If your first try doesn’t get the spill completely out.
Though Sunbrella fabrics can be used both outdoors and in, your cleaning methods should differ slightly indoors and out because of the fabrication and manufacturing of the furniture.
We recommend using the appropriate cleaning instructions for your application.
Outdoor UpholsteryCleaning Removable FabricHand WashingSoak fabric in a solution of 1/4 cup mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water.Use a sponge or very soft bristle brush to lightly agitate the spill. Then rinsethoroughly to remove all soap residue, and allow fabric to air dry.Machine WashingSome removable casings can be washed in the washing machine, howeverconsult the furniture manufacturer before removing the casing as cushionconstruction may vary. To wash, first close all zippers. Machine wash in coldwater on the delicate cycle with normal amounts of mild laundry detergent.For severe mold or mildew, add 1 cup of bleach. Allow fabric to air dry.
How do you maintain a sunbrella marine fabrics?
Stamoid Care & MaintenanceTo keep your marine products such as cockpit covers, Bimini tops, dodgers, seat covers, and solar protection screens looking their best and preserve their original quality, it is important to follow the cleaning instructions. The Stamoid® surface treatment on Stamoid® Marine composite fabrics gives them a dirt-resistant finish but still requires regular maintenance to keep them looking good. We suggest cleaning them at least four times a year to eliminate any dirt that has built up due to atmospheric pollution. The specific cleaning instructions for Stamoid® Marine composite fabrics are outlined in our maintenance notice.
Cleaning should be done according to the frequency of use and exposure to the product. We recommend regular cleaning, at least four times a year, to clear out dirt caused by atmospheric pollution.
Stamoid® Marine composite fabrics should be cleaned as set out in our maintenance notice; see below.
For wooden boats, in order to avoid any migration risks, it is essential to avoid all contact between the coated side of the fabric and the boat's protective wood varnish.
How do you maintain all WeatherMAX marine fabrics?
Care and Cleaning GuideGeneral care for WeatherMAX boat canvas products.
- Brush off dirt immediately. Allowing it to remain on the cover can result in it getting more deeply embedded into the fabric. Dirt is an organic matter and can provide a habitat for mold and mildew spores to grow.
- Periodically hose down your cover. Rain water can provide rinsing action but often can be a carrier for organic matter as well.
- WeatherMAX is treated with a durable water repellent when it is manufactured. This finish is designed to last for several years but the life span of the repellent can be diminished from several factors such as abrasion, cleaning, chemicals and other atmospheric pollutants. Periodically check to see how well water beads on the fabric. If water drops do not bead but instead flatten and possible soak into the fabric, it is time to retreat the fabric. Cleaning WeatherMAX Fabrics may be spot washed by using a soapy solution of a mild detergent and lukewarm water. Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove soap and allow to air dry. For mildew stains, prepare a solution of one (1) cup of bleach plus (1/2) cup of mild detergent per gallon of water. Spray on the entire area and allow soaking. Rinse with clean water and allow to air dry
- Be sure to fully rinse the bleach off the fabric
- Protect non-WeatherMAX areas such as sewing thread and reinforcements so the bleach does not come in contact as it may be deteriorate non-WeatherMAX components. After cleaning, check the water repellency of the fabric to see if retreatment might be required. Removing Oil Oil can be effectively removed with an aerosol spot remover. We have found that Pull Out 2 by American Niagara works very well although there are other products available. Retreating WeatherMAX There are several well designed and effective aftermarket water repellent treatments available that work well with WeatherMAX. Follow the directions of the manufacturer.
- Starbrite Waterproofing with PTEF (best overall)
- Formula 303 Fabric Guard (excellent performance but might darken some colors and show folding lines)
- Rust-Oleum NeverWet Outdoor Fabric Spray
- Marlen Aqua-tite
- Kiwi Heavy Duty Water Repellent.
- 303 should be applied to Sunbrella fabrics after each thorough cleaning, which typically removes the original finish and reduces the fabric’s water repellency.