How to Wash Sunbrella® Upholstery Fabric

Let’s face it, keeping upholstery clean is no easy task. From dealing with accidental spills on the living room couch to maintaining outdoor furniture and umbrellas, we’ve got you covered with this easy-to-follow guide.


First of all, don’t panic, blot! The quicker you act to clean, the better.

  • Assuming the spill is from a liquid, blot the spot with a clean rag to remove as much of the stain as you can.
  • A mixture of soap and water, dish soap, or a similar gentle cleaner comes next.
  • Use water to wash away the soap/cleaner and let the fabric air dry out in the open.


Be gentle with indoor upholstery.

  • Indoor fabrics in general should not be treated with abrasive methods.
  • Make use of a soft cloth or a gentle brush.
  • Move from seam to seam, but remember not to wipe, but blot.
  • Rinse the fabric thoroughly with water and wash away the soap.
  • Let the fabric air dry and repeat the process as needed.


Outdoor upholstery might collect dirt, mold, or mildew.

  • Consider soaking outdoor fabric in a mixture of ¼ cup of mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water. Rinse the fabric and air dry.
  • It’s important to clean the entire surface of the fabric to avoid water spots.
  • For really tough stains like mold and mildew, try a combination of 1 cup of bleach and ¼ cup of mild soap per gallon of water.
  • Removable Sunbrella® fabric can be machine washed on a delicate, cold cycle. Be sure to close all zippers and use the normal amount of detergent.
  • Air dry, the dryer can get too hot and cause the fabric to shrink.


Here are some extra tips to consider when cleaning your upholstery.

  1. Try baby wipes (test first on an unseen part of the surface you’re cleaning).
  2. Check your manufacturers manual for codes that tell you what to clean with (see chart below).
  3. Gentle is best!
  4. Only air dry your upholstery!
  5. Rinse well.
  6. If you need to iron, use the synthetic setting.
  7. Visit for specific kinds of stains and their recommendation.
  8. If all else fails, you might have to consider hiring a professional to help!


We have many options of Sunbrella® fabric available! Check them out using the following link:

Codes on how to clean fabric


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