Sunbrella cushions are known for their durability and resistance to fading, but it’s still important to clean them regularly to maintain their appearance and extend their lifespan. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to wash your Sunbrella cushions:
Step 1: Brush off Loose Dirt
Start by using a soft-bristled brush to remove any loose dirt or debris from the surface of your cushions. This will make the cleaning process more effective and prevent dirt from becoming embedded in the fabric.
Step 2: Prepare Your Cleaning Solution
Next, you’ll need to create a cleaning solution. Sunbrella recommends using a mixture of mild soap and water, such as Ivory or Dawn dish soap. Mix one teaspoon of soap with one gallon of warm water.
Step 3: Test the Cleaning Solution
Before applying the cleaning solution to your entire cushion, it’s important to test it on a small, inconspicuous area first. Apply a small amount of the solution to the fabric and use a soft-bristled brush to gently scrub the area. Rinse with water and let it air dry to make sure there are no adverse effects.
Step 4: Apply the Cleaning Solution
Once you’ve tested the cleaning solution, apply it to the entire cushion using a soft-bristled brush. Be sure to work the solution into the fabric and focus on any areas that are particularly dirty or stained.
Step 5: Rinse Thoroughly
After you’ve applied the cleaning solution, rinse your cushions thoroughly with clean water. Be sure to remove all soap residue to prevent it from attracting dirt and debris.
Step 6: Allow Cushions to Air Dry
Finally, allow your Sunbrella cushions to air dry completely before using them again. Do not use a dryer or other heat source to dry them, as this can damage the fabric.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I machine wash my Sunbrella cushions?
A: Sunbrella does not recommend machine washing your cushions. The agitation and heat can damage the fabric and cause it to shrink.
Q: Can I use bleach to clean my Sunbrella cushions?
A: Sunbrella advises against using bleach on their fabrics, as it can weaken the fibers and cause discoloration.
Q: How often should I clean my Sunbrella cushions?
A: Sunbrella recommends cleaning your cushions once a year or as needed, depending on how heavily they’re used and how dirty they become.
Q: Can I use a pressure washer to clean my Sunbrella cushions?
A: Sunbrella advises against using a pressure washer on their fabrics, as it can damage the fibers and cause the fabric to fray.