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Sunbrella Awning Fabric and Care & Cleaning

With choices this beautiful, it's no wonder Sunbrella￿ fabric
is the leading outdoor performance fabric in the world.

Since Sunbrella fabric is available in over 140 styles and colors, you're sure to find numerous choices that will both complement your home's exterior and coordinate with your home's interior. From traditional solids and stripes to contemporary variations of designer hues, you can select the exact fabric that will complement your home. Even better, you can coordinate your awning with deck or patio furnishings covered in Sunbrella furniture fabrics. Since all Sunbrella fabrics are easy to clean and fade resistant, you can be sure that your awnings will look beautiful for years and years.

Sunbrella's beauty, its ability to stand up to the elements, and the fact that we offer the best limited warranty in the business, means you'll enjoy your awning for years to come. Fixed frame awnings will beautify your home or business, provide protection from the sun's harmful rays, and reduce your summer cooling bills. Extend your outdoor living space with a fun color or pattern that helps you be at home. Sunbrella fabrics are a practical way to add comfortable shade.

Fabric Care Recommendations from Sunbrella￿

Care and Cleaning Instructions
Some of the most frequently asked questions about Sunbrella￿ fabrics concern care and cleaning. The good news is that Sunbrella is designed to be easy to maintain. By following a few simple care and cleaning steps, the fabric will maintain its good looks for many years.

Important Background
Sunbrella fabrics are made from 100 percent solution-dyed acrylic yarns. Solution-dying is the process of adding color to acrylic fibers during manufacturing while they are in a liquid state. This characteristic of Sunbrella fabrics is the key to locking in color, easy cleaning and long life. Because Sunbrella fabrics are woven, they are also highly breathable, which is why they dry quickly with only air exposure. It's also important to know that Sunbrella fabrics are treated with a fluorocarbon finish, which enhances water repellency. This finish requires replenishment after vigorous cleaning.

One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella fabrics looking good and to delay the need for deep or vigorous cleanings is to hose fabrics off on a monthly basis with clear water. This practice will help prevent dirt from becoming deeply imbedded in the fabric and eliminate the need for more frequent vigorous cleanings. In most environments, a thorough cleaning will be needed every two to three years. When it's time for a thorough cleaning, Sunbrella fabrics can be cleaned while still on an awning frame, size permitting.

When it￿s time for a thorough cleaning, Sunbrella fabrics can be cleaned while still on an awning frame or, size permitting, they can be removed for cleaning in a washing machine.

When cleaning Sunbrella fabrics, it is important to observe the following:

   ￿ Always use a mild soap such as Ivory Snow, Dreft or Woolite.
   ￿ Water should be cold to lukewarm. (Never more than 100￿F/38￿C.)
   ￿ Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
   ￿ Air dry only. Never apply heat to Sunbrella fabrics.

General or light cleaning
To clean Sunbrella while still on an awning frame, follow these simple steps:

   ￿ Brush off loose dirt.
   ￿ Hose down.
   ￿ Prepare a cleaning solution of water and mild soap such as Ivory Snow, Dreft or Woolite (no detergents).
   ￿ 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.
   ￿ May not require re-treatment depending on the age of the fabric.

If stubborn stains persist, you can use a diluted chlorine bleach/soap mixture for spot cleaning of mildew, roof run-off or other similar stains (see our Stain Chart for specific recommendations).

Heavy cleaning for stubborn stains and mildew
Sunbrella fabric does not promote mildew growth, however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances that are not removed from the fabric. To clean mildew, or other stubborn stains:

   ￿ Eight ounces (1 cup) of chlorine bleach.
   ￿ Two ounces (1/4 cup) of mild soap and/or detergent.
   ￿ One gallon of water.
   ￿ Clean with soft bristle brush.
   ￿ Allow mixture to soak into fabric for up to 15 minutes.
   ￿ Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue is removed.
   ￿ Air dry.
   ￿ Repeat if necessary.
   ￿ Re-treatment of fabric for water and stain resistance will be necessary.

Remember to protect the area around your
Sunbrella if using a bleach solution. Carpet or other fabrics that are not Sunbrella may have an adverse reaction to the bleach. If an awning is suitable in size for a washing machine, these steps should be followed:

   ￿ Use mild soap and/or detergent.
   ￿ For heavier stains add 1 cup of bleach to wash.
   ￿ Wash and rinse in cold water.
   ￿ Air dry. Never apply heat to Sunbrella.
   ￿ Re-treatment for water and stain resistance will be necessary after machine washing.

Professional Cleaners
You may have access to professional cleaning companies that service awnings. In evaluating the services of a professional company, you should inquire about a company's experience in working with Sunbrella fabrics and knowledge of cleaning and retreatment requirements. DO NOT dry clean Sunbrella fabrics.

Helpful hints
Protect the area around the Sunbrella fabric when using a bleach solution ￿ bleach may discolor non-Sunbrella fabrics. Always rinse Sunbrella thoroughly to completely remove bleach.

Sunbrella air dries very quickly. Machine drying is not necessary.

If fabric has some wrinkling, use an iron, if necessary, but only on the synthetic* setting. As some irons exceed the recommended 100￿F/38￿C temperature on the synthetic setting, test a small inconspicuous area before ironing entire piece.

DO NOT use a steamer or iron set to steam setting.

Use of bleach and/or advanced age of the fabric application may impact the deterioration of the sewing thread and other non-Sunbrella components.

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