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Cleaning Outdoor Fabrics


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Cleaning Outdoor Fabrics

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Cleaning Outdoor Fabrics

  1. 1. Solution-Dyed Acrylics • Soft, comfortable and breathable woven fabrics, such as Sunbrella® , remain colorfast after sun exposure, wear and tear, and even bleach application. • Clean with a mixture of 1/4 cup of mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water. Scrub with a soft brush. Rinse and air dry. • Clean stubborn stains and mildew with a solution of 1 cup bleach and 2 ounces of mild soap in a gallon of warm water. • Ironing is not typically needed, but if you find it necessary, use your iron’s synthetic setting. Vinyl-Coated Synthetic Fiber Mesh • Often used on sling-type chairs, these fabrics are made of vinyl-coated polyester or acrylic yarns, as well as other synthetics such as olefin and PVC. • Vinyl-coated synthetic mesh is easily cleaned without damaging the fibers or losing color. • Prepare a solution of mild liquid soap and warm water. Scrub with a soft brush and rinse with a hose as needed. • If a stain remains, add 1 cup of chlorine bleach to the cleaning solution and repeat. Rinse thoroughly and allow to air day. NOTE: offers this information as a general guide. does not warranty any fabric. Printed Acrylic or Printed Polyesters • Printed polyester should not be used for indoor upholstery. • Brush dirt and debris from printed acrylic or polyester fabrics regularly. • Clean with a solution of 1/4 cup of bleach- free detergent dissolved in 1 gallon of warm water. Apply the solution to the entire surface, allow it to soak in and use a soft brush or sponge as needed. Rinse and allow to air dry. • Saturate spots and stains with the cleaning solution and then brush or gently scrub with a soft brush. Rinse and repeat until the stain is gone. GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR OUTDOOR FABRIC CARE Do not dry clean. Do not tumble dry; outdoor fabrics dry quickly. Fabric is water-resistant, not waterproof. Brush off loose dirt and wipe up spills as they occur. Fabrics do not promote mildew growth, but mildew can grow on soils or spills if not promptly removed. UV ratings are given in terms of hours of protected sun exposure. Most printed/ woven polyester and printed acrylic fabrics are rated for 500 – 750 light hours. Woven acrylics are rate for 1,500+ light hours. OUTDOOR FABRICS CARING FOR HOW TO CLEAN THE MOST COMMON OUTDOOR FABRICS