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Sunbrella® Upholstery Care and Cleaning

Sunbrella® Upholstery Care and Cleaning

The fantastic weather proof Sunbrella® fabric is used in all the Westminster sofas and chairs from Harley and Lola. All fabric cushions are manufactured using Sunbrella® material which is very durable, UV stable, and carries a 5 year guarantee. The underside of each cushion incoporates a textilene mesh panel to increase air circulation and accelerate the drying process. The cushion filling is a quick drying foam with a Dacron™ wrapping for greater comfort.

One way to keep Sunbrella® fabrics looking great and to delay deep or vigorous cleaning is to ensure the fabric is properly maintained. This can be done by keeping the fabrics generally clean by brushing off dirt, avoiding spills and cleaning stains promptly after they have occurred.

General or Light Cleaning

  • Brush off loose dirt before it becomes embedded.
  • Add 60ml mild detergent, such as dishwashing liquid, per 4.5 litres of lukewarm water
  • Clean the fabric with a sponge or soft bristle brush.
  • Leave to soak.
  • Rinse and air dry

Spot Cleaning

  • Spray a light mist of mild washing detergent and water with a spray bottle
  • Scrub the cleaning solution into the stain lightly with a soft bristle brush or sponge
  • Rinse thoroughly and blot any excess moisture with a towel, wet vacuum if necessary
  • Repeat these steps until the stain is completely gone, then air dry

For Removable Sunbrella Fabric:

Hand Washing

  • Soak the fabric in 90 grams mild detergent for every 4.5 litres of lukewarm water
  • For scrubbing, use a soft bristle brush or sponge
  • Rinse and air dry

Machine Washing

Use a cold temperature setting on your machine. Depending on wash load size, use normal amounts of mild laundry detergent and add 240 grams of bleach. Air dry.

Heavy Cleaning for Stubborn Stains and Mildew

Sunbrella® fabric is not prone to mildew. Despite this, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances that are left in the fabric. To clean mildew, or other stubborn stains:

  • Add 240ml of bleach and 60 ml of mild detergent to 4.5 litres of clean water
  • Spray the solution on the stained area thoroughly using a spray bottle and allow to soak for 15 minutes
  • Work the stain with a sponge, clean towel or soft bristle brush
  • Rinse and air dry
  • You may use more bleach in this solution if the stain persists. Please see our stain chart for more information

Re-treating the fFabric for Ease of Cleaning

We treat Sunbrella® fabrics with a fluorocarbon finish, which enhances water repellency. This finish is designed to last for several years, but must be replenished after a thorough cleaning. The best product for this is Glen Raven recommends 303 High Tech Fabric Guard™, which is recommended by Sunbrella as the preferred treatment. Fabrics should be re-treated after thorough cleaning or after five years of use.

Applying 303 High Tech Fabric Guard™

303 should be applied to Sunbrella fabrics after each thorough cleaning, to encourage continued water repellency.

  • Clean the fabric using your preferred cleaning method from our list
  • Air dry until absolutely no moisture is in the fabric
  • Apply 303 Fabric Guard in a well-ventilated area following the instructions provided on the bottle
  • Apply 303 in a thin, even coat. Allow the fabric to dry completely
  • Apply a second thin, even coat. Two light coatings are more effective in restoring fabric water resistance than a single heavy coating
  • A 450ml bottle provides coverage of up to 50 square feet of fabric.

Professional Cleaners

If you are using a professional company to clean your fabrics, please ensure that they are familiar with treating Sunbrella fabrics and are able to conduct the re-treatment process.

DO NOT dry clean Sunbrella fabrics.

Helpful Hints

Protect the area around your Sunbrella fabric when using a bleach solution – bleach may discolour non-Sunbrella fabrics. Always rinse Sunbrella thoroughly to completely remove bleach.

Please do not use bleach if you are surrounded by a body of water, as bleach can have harmful effects on the environment.

Sunbrella air-dries very quickly. Please do not machine dry your Sunbrella fabrics.

If you need to iron your Sunbrella fabric, please ensure that you are using the synthetic setting, and never the steam setting. If unsure, conduct a test on a small, non-visible part of the fabric.

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