Care Instructions

 

What you will need:

Important steps to remember:

STEP 1: CLEAN

STEP 2: RESTORE

Cleaning Sunbrella Fabrics

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.

 

When it’s time for a thorough cleaning of your boat covers, Sunbrella fabrics can be cleaned while still on a boat or, size permitting, they can be removed for cleaning in a washing machine or dockside. When cleaning Sunbrella fabrics, it is important to observe the following:

    1. Always use a mild detergent such as “Cuddly” fabric conditioner or Palmolive hand wash. As the video will show below, you can use Bleach on Sunbrella products. We advise you only use bleach once the mold has become impossible to remove. While the covers are reasonably new, you can use the household products mentioned above as they will not strip your fabrics of the treatments which make the fabric UV resistant, waterproof and mold resistant.
    2. Water should be cold to lukewarm.

  1. Rinse thoroughly to remove all detergent residue.
  2. Air dry only. Never apply heat to Sunbrella fabrics.
  3.  Restore your covers after washing with Fabric Guard made by 303.

General or light cleaning of Sunbrella boat covers

To clean Sunbrella boat covers while still on a boat, follow these simple steps:

  1. Brush off loose dirt.
  2. Hose down.
  3. Prepare a cleaning solution of water and mild detergent such as “Cuddly” fabric conditioner or Palmolive hand wash.
  4. Use a soft bristle brush to clean.
  5. Allow cleaning solution to soak into the fabric.Rinse thoroughly until all detergent residue is removed.
  6. Air dry.
  7. May not require re-treatment depending on the age of the fabric.

If stubborn stains persist, you can use a diluted chlorine bleach/detergent mixture for spot cleaning of mildew, roof run-off or other similar stains

Zippers

 

 Clean

The best way to clean zippers on your boat covers is to clean the teeth of the zip with a tooth brush and some mild       cleaning agent ( level PH) and run over the teeth. Rinse off and dry.

Restore

Apply a lubricant to the plastic teeth of the zip.

 

Cleaning Strata Glass 

We recommend using IMAR Strataglass protective Polish every 1 to 2 months. In the interim, use IMAR Strataglass Protective Cleaner frequently.

CleaningFlush thoroughly to cool the surface and rinse away environmental abrasives. Wash with IMAR Yacht Soap Concentrate, or other equally gentle and high quality soap. Do not use any harsh domestic cleaner – they will dull the surface. Apply the soapy water to the clear vinyl section of the curtain with special purpose washing mitt or soft cotton cloths. Thoroughly rinse the soapy solution with fresh water and completely dry the curtains with a high quality chamois.  Your clear vinyl curtains should be washed whenever your boat is washed. After washing the curtains, apply IMAR Strataglass Protective Polish sparingly with small, light circular motions using a soft cotton cloth. Allow the polish to dry and then remove with a clean soft cotton cloth. Finally, lightly buff to a sparkling shine. Done. For routine maintenance between polishing, use IMAR Strataglass Protective Cleaner. Insure the clear vinyl panels are free of abrasives. Very lightly mist a soft cotton cloth. Lightly and briskly rub a manageable sized area and then lightly buff dry with another clean cloth. Done. We recommend using IMAR Strataglass Cleaner at least weekly but it’s so fast and easy you may want to do it daily. You’ll love the shine.RestoringWe once recommended a restoration process but extensive experience shows actual damage cannot truly be repaired. If IMAR Strataglass Protective Polish cannot restore the clarity and shine, it may be time to consider replacing the enclosures. Please use our recommended procedures and products from the beginning.Note: Suncream will damage your clears so keep this in mind when rolling windows up or touching the clears.

Download the Marine tops and covers cleaning (pdf) for more information.