How to Clean your Sunbrella or Olefin Fabric Cushions

How to Clean your Sunbrella or Olefin Fabric Cushions

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Sunbrella and Olefin fabrics are widely used in outdoor furniture upholstery due to their exceptional durability, resistance to fading, and easy maintenance. However, to keep these fabrics looking their best and ensure their longevity, it's important to follow proper cleaning techniques. In this blog post, we'll provide you with a comprehensive guide on how to clean Sunbrella and Olefin fabric, helping you maintain the beauty and functionality of your outdoor furniture for years to come.

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  • Regular Maintenance 

Regular maintenance is key to keeping Sunbrella and Olefin fabrics clean. Start by brushing off any loose dirt and debris with a soft-bristle brush or vacuum cleaner. This simple step helps prevent dirt from settling into the fabric.

  • Spot Cleaning

For minor stains or spills, spot cleaning is usually sufficient. Blot the affected area gently with a clean cloth or sponge, using a mixture of mild soap and lukewarm water. Avoid rubbing vigorously, as this can spread the stain further. Rinse the area thoroughly with clean water and allow it to air dry.

  • Deep Cleaning

For more stubborn stains or overall deep cleaning, you can use a solution of water and mild detergent. Create a cleaning solution by mixing one tablespoon of liquid dish soap with one quart of lukewarm water. Apply the solution to the fabric with a sponge or soft brush, working it into the fabric gently. Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove any soap residue, and allow the fabric to air dry completely.

  • Removing Mildew

If your Sunbrella or Olefin fabric develops mildew, it's important to address it promptly. Prepare a solution of one cup of bleach, one-fourth cup of mild soap, and one gallon of water. Apply the solution to the affected area and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. Scrub the fabric gently with a soft brush and rinse thoroughly with clean water. Ensure the fabric is completely dry before using or storing.

  • Protective Covers and Routine Care

To minimize the need for extensive cleaning, consider using protective covers for your outdoor furniture when not in use. This helps shield the fabric from harsh elements and reduces the risk of stains. Additionally, regular care such as brushing off debris and keeping the fabric free from prolonged exposure to direct sunlight will help maintain its quality and appearance. We have winter covers for all of our sets and individual pieces, to give your garden furniture set a layer of protection during the cold damp months especially.

Moderno Sunbrella Corner Sofa Set

Proper cleaning and maintenance are essential for keeping Sunbrella and Olefin fabric in pristine condition. By following these tips and techniques, you can effectively remove stains, prevent mildew, and extend the lifespan of your outdoor furniture. Remember to always use mild cleaning solutions, avoid harsh chemicals, and allow the fabric to dry completely before using or storing. With the right care, your Sunbrella and Olefin fabric will continue to provide beauty and comfort for many outdoor seasons to come.

We exclusively use Sunbrella or Olefin for our outdoor cushions. Our Moderno, Minimo & Milano collections feature weatherproof Sunbrella, whereas our Verona & Tosca sets use Olefin. Both offer a combination of comfort and durability (Sunbrella slightly more so). Be sure to browse and find the set that brings your outdoor oasis to life.