how to clean sunbrella cushions

How to Clean Sunbrella Outdoor Cushions

Sunbrella Outdoor Cushions - A Guide to Clean and Preserve Beauty and Durability

Sunbrella is a renowned brand known for its high-quality outdoor fabrics that offer both style and durability. However, to ensure the longevity of Sunbrella outdoor cushions, proper cleaning and maintenance are essential. We will explain the reasons why Sunbrella fabrics require special cleaning considerations and provide effective methods to remove spots and general grime from your Sunbrella outdoor cushions. By following these steps, you can keep your cushions looking fresh, vibrant, and ready to withstand the elements.

Understanding the Unique Cleaning Considerations for Sunbrella Fabrics

Sunbrella fabrics are specially engineered to withstand outdoor conditions, but they do require specific cleaning approaches. Their water and stain resistance, along with the dyeing and finishing techniques used, necessitate proper care to maintain their appearance and functionality.

Reasons Why Sunbrella Outdoor Cushions Require Special Cleaning

Sunbrella fabrics feature a combination of solution-dyed acrylic fibers and a durable finish, making them highly resistant to fading, water, and stains. However, regular exposure to outdoor elements, such as dirt, dust, and pollutants, may require periodic cleaning to keep them looking their best.

Cleaning Sunbrella Outdoor Cushions: General Guidelines

Begin by brushing off loose dirt and debris.

Cleaning Outdoor Upholstery 

Hand Washing of Removable Fabric

Prepare a solution of 1/4 cup mild soap to 1 gallon of warm water, and soak the fabric in it. To gently agitate the stain, use a sponge or brush with extremely soft bristles. Following a thorough rinsing to remove all soap residue, let the fabric air dry.

Cleaning Removable Fabric in a Washing Machine

The washing machine can be used to clean some removable casings. However, because cushion construction can vary, speak with the furniture manufacturer before removing the casing. Zippers should be closed before washing. Normal amounts of mild laundry detergent are used in a machine wash in cold water on the delicate cycle. Add one cup of bleach for particularly bad mold or mildew. Let the fabric air dry.

Non-Removable Fabric Cleaning

Make a solution by mixing one gallon of warm water with 1/4 cup of mild soap. When cleaning, use a brush with soft bristles and give the fabric time to absorb the cleaning agent. Rinse the fabric well to get rid of all soap traces, then let it air dry.

Instead of rubbing the fabric in a circular motion on the spill, for best results when cleaning upholstered pieces, clean the entire surface area of the fabric, from seam to seam. In order to prevent water rings and residue, this method may be necessary in conjunction with an extractor.

We advise Sunbrella Clean Multi-Purpose Fabric Cleaner as our Sunbrella solution.

Stains with Oil Base

Use Sunbrella ExtractTM Oil Based Stain Remover or apply a potent degreaser and thoroughly rinse if an oil-based stain still remains after cleaning.

Mildew and Mold

Although Sunbrella fabrics don't encourage mildew growth, if dirt and other foreign objects aren't removed from the fabric, mildew may still develop on them.

Mold or mildew removal

For every gallon of water, mix 1 cup of bleach and 1/4 cup of mild soap.
Spray the entire area and give it 15 minutes to absorb into the fabric.
With a sponge, fresh towel, or very soft bristle brush, thoroughly clean the entire surface.
Rinse well to get rid of all soap residue.

Nurturing Sunbrella Fabrics for Longevity

To extend the lifespan of your Sunbrella outdoor cushions, implement preventive measures such as:

  • Preventing Mold and Mildew Growth: Ensure proper ventilation and avoid leaving cushions damp for extended periods. Remove any spills or moisture promptly.
  • Applying Fabric Guard for Water and Stain Resistance: Apply a fabric guard specifically formulated for Sunbrella fabrics to enhance their resistance to water and stains.
  • Proper Storage During Off-Seasons: Store cushions in a clean, dry area during periods of non-use. Use breathable covers to protect them from dust and debris.

 Proper cleaning and maintenance of Sunbrella outdoor cushions are vital for preserving their beauty and durability. By understanding the unique cleaning considerations of Sunbrella fabrics and following the recommended methods for removing spots, stains, and general grime, you can ensure your cushions remain vibrant and resistant to the elements. Implementing nurturing practices and preventative measures will contribute to the longevity of your Sunbrella cushions, allowing you to enjoy their comfort and style for years to come.