Care and cleaning for Sunbrella and Sunbrella Plus

One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella fabrics looking good and to delay deep or vigorous cleanings is to properly maintain the fabrics. This can be accomplished by simply brushing off dirt before it becomes embedded in the fabrics, wiping up spills as soon as they occur or spot cleaning soon after stains occur.

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.

Applying 303 High Tech Fabric Guard 303 should be applied to Sunbrella fabrics after each thorough cleaning, which typically removes the original finish and reduces the fabric’s water repellency.

  1. Clean Sunbrella fabric
  2. Allow Sunbrella to completely air dry.
  3. Apply 303 Fabric Guard in a well ventilated area following instructions on the container.
  4. Apply 303 in a thin, even coat and allow fabric to dry completely.
  5. Apply a second thin, even coating of 303. (Two light coatings are more effective in restoring fabric water resistance than a single heavy coating.)

The do’s and don’t of maintaining clears

The key to getting a long life out of your clears is to keep the vinyl surface sealed from damaging environmental factors by washing and polishing at least monthly. Strataglass recommend weekly!

  • Follow the manufacturer’s advice when maintaining clears as not all polishing and cleaning products are compatible.
  • Use two micro fibre towels. One to apply product and a second to buff.
  • Don’t get sunscreen on the clears – it will permanently cloud the vinyl surface.
  • Never use regular window cleaners, detergents, abrasives, petroleum based products, chemicals or alcohol on clears.
  • They will break down the protectors in the vinyl.
  • Only use mild PH neutral soaps diluted in water with a soft cleaning mitten or sponge.
  • Do not rub or wipe salt crystals or grime off without water and soap. If you do the clears will scratch.
  • Do not use water repellent products. They damage the external finish.
  • Do not fold clears. It will increase the risk of cracks happening. Store clears flat or roll them up with an old white bed sheet between layers.
  • Don’t store clears with anything on top because zippers and life jacket buckles can leave impressions in the vinyl. If you can, it is best to leave clears on so they hold their shape and size.
  • Never store clears when they are wet. It can make them go cloudy and white.
  • Lubricate zippers and fasteners periodically using a clear silicone spray.
  • Keep the flybridge area well ventilated to reduce mildew build up. If using bleach to remove mould ensure you water blast it off thoroughly, otherwise it will rot the stitching unless Teflon thread has been used.

Basic steps to cleaning clear

  1. Wash both sides of clears with fresh water ( hose pressure only )to remove salt and dust.
  2. Next use warm soapy water and a soft cloth to clean. Gently rub both sides of clear.
  3. Rinse thoroughly. Remove all soap residue.
  4. When dry use the appropriate products Plexus, Vuplex IMAR Strataglass Protective Cleaner, IMAR Strataglass Protective Polish, and follow the instructions on the can.

Also try to remove bird droppings as soon as possible.