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When it's time for a thorough cleaning, Sunbrella fabrics can be cleaned while still on a cart or, they can be removed. 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 100F/38C.)

  • 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 a cart, 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.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 (one 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 the 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 fabric if using a bleach solution. Carpet or other fabrics that are not Sunbrella may have an adverse reaction to the bleach. Re-treating the fabric. As part of the finishing process, Sunbrella fabrics are treated 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. Based on test results,Glen Raven recommends 303 High Tech Fabric Guard as the preferred re-treatment product for Sunbrella fabrics. Fabrics should be re-treated after thorough cleaning or after five years of use. For more information on re-treatment products, please visit Synthetic fabric heat settings normally do not exceed 150F/66C.Applying 303 High Tech Fabric Guard303 should be applied to Sunbrella fabrics after each thorough cleaning, which typically removes the original finish and reduces the fabric's water repellency.

  • Clean Sunbrella fabric, using one of the cleaning methods.

  • Allow Sunbrella to completely air dry.

  • Apply 303 Fabric Guard in a well ventilated area following instructions on the container.

  • Apply 303 in a thin, even coat and allow fabric to dry completely.

  • Apply a second thin, even coating of 303. (Two light coatings are more effective in restoring fabric water resistance than a single heavy coating. A 15-ounce bottle provides coverage of up to 50 square feet of fabric.)For more information, please visit


Professional cleaners you may have access to professional cleaning firms. In evaluating the services of a professional firm, you should inquire about a firm's experience in working with Sunbrella fabrics and knowledge of cleaning and re-treatment 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 100F/38C 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.


Top Gun fabric is finished to resist surface growth of mildew, but it should not be folded and stored wet.
Accumulations of dirt and bird droppings which can support growth of mildew and result in fabric staining, should be removed periodically by recommended cleaning methods.
The pigmentation in Top Gun fabric will not migrate into upholstery vinyls. If some surface rub-off should occur it can easily be removed with vinyl cleaner or mineral spirits. In areas where vigorous scubbing action will occur during towing, use of a buffer strip is recommended.Top Gun fabric may be cleaned with a cleaning solution of:

  • 4 ozs. of Clorox

  • 2 ozs. of SOAP

  • one gallon of warm (100 degrees F) water

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DO NOT use deteregnts.
Use a soft bristled brush to lift soil embedded in the fabric surface. Rinse thoroughly with clear water to remove soil and soap residue.
After thorough cleaning, water repellency may be reduced. An application of Aqua-Tite silicone water repellent is recommended after the fabric has dried thoroughly.
Use of other refinishing agents is not recommended in that some may damage the coating and void the warranty.




Cleaning: All manufacturers recommend first rinsing off the vinyl to remove any grit which might scratch the vinyl. Then using a little real soap (Ivory) in a bucket of cool water and a very soft cloth, suds up the clear vinyl then immediately rinse with cool water. (Never use cleaners or even detergents, just soap).


  1. Visibility: Minute scratches disappear for improved visibility.

  2. Resists scratching: 303 reduces the drag coefficient of treated vinyl to next to nothing. Deflects away abrasive touches that would otherwise dig in and scratch.
    Particularly important in applications where vinyl windows are continuously rolled up and unrolled.

  3. Repellency: 303 leaves a super-repellent, anti-static finish. 303'd vinyl repels smudges and fingerprints, takes much longer to soil and is much, much easier to clean when finally soiled. With 303'd vinyl all that is usually necessary is just to rinse it off before reapplying 303.

  4. Encapsulation of Plasticizers: 303 Aerospace Protectant bonds with clear vinyl in such a way that encapsulates and reduces outgassing (evaporative loss of plasticizers) to maintain softness and flexibility and significantly increase its useful life.

  5. UV Screening: 303 Aerospace Protectant is the only effective vehicle to achieve and maintain maximum UV protection.

  6. Periodic applications of 303 Aerospace Protectant will keep clear vinyl looking and performing like brand-new year after year and will dramatically extend its useful life.

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