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:
- 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.
- Water should be cold to lukewarm.
- Rinse thoroughly to remove all detergent residue.
- Air dry only. Never apply heat to Sunbrella fabrics.
- 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:
- Brush off loose dirt.
- Hose down.
- Prepare a cleaning solution of water and mild detergent such as “Cuddly” fabric conditioner or Palmolive hand wash.
- Use a soft bristle brush to clean.
- Allow cleaning solution to soak into the fabric.Rinse thoroughly until all detergent 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/detergent mixture for spot cleaning of mildew, roof run-off or other similar stains
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.
Apply a lubricant to the plastic teeth of the zip.
Cleaning Strata Glass
Download the Marine tops and covers cleaning (pdf) for more information.