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We’re big fans of Sunbrella® outdoor fabric, which you’ll find on all of our outdoor furniture, pillows and umbrellas. This wonder fabric is stain, water and mildew resistant, making it perfect for the patio and really easy to clean. Here’s how.

For light cleaning, rinse the fabric with your garden hose.

Brush off any loose dirt and then spray the fabric with your garden hose. If you aren’t able to do this in your outdoor space (like on a balcony), vacuum the fabric with an upholstery attachment to remove dirt and dust. Easy.

For spot cleaning, use soap and water.

Stains? Not a problem. We like using Folex® spot cleaner, or a mix  of 1/4 cup mild soap with a gallon of water. A soft-bristle brush or a sponge will help you lift the stain from the fabric. Once the spot is removed, give it a good rinse because soap residue will attract dirt.

For serious cleaning, reach for the bleach.

If you have a tough stain, some mildew or the need to disinfect, it’s okay to use bleach on Sunbrella. Here’s the solution you should use:

1 gallon water

1/4 cup mild soap

1 cup bleach

Grab a bucket of the bleach-soap mix and a soft-bristle brush or sponge. Wet the entire surface (to prevent water rings), let the fabric sit for 15 minutes and then scrub. Give the fabric a thorough rinse with the garden hose to remove soap residue, but be careful about getting the cleaning solution with bleach on your plants or grass. A driveway or patio is the best place to clean and rinse.

Sunbrella can go in the washing machine, too. (Just don’t dry it.)

If you don’t want to mess around with a hose or bucket of soapy water, most of our outdoor cushions and pillows have zippered, removable covers that can go in your washing machine. Use the delicate cycle with a normal amount of mild laundry detergent and a cup of bleach. Let the covers air dry.

One last pro tip: using outdoor furniture covers will reduce how often you need to clean your furniture which is a win for summer fun. Find more furniture cleaning tips in our care information, and as always, feel free to ask us questions or share your own tips in the comments.

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  1. Robyn says:

    If you wash sunbrella in a washing machine do you need to ( replace) spray stain repellent on it afterwards?

    • Lyndsay LeClair says:

      Hi Robyn, we don’t recommend re-applying any finishes to our fabrics because we can’t test them all to make sure they’re effective or don’t cause damage.

  2. sheila law says:

    I have sunbrella cushion covers without zippers. Can i buy replacement covers
    from Sunbrella?

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