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Fabric Care and Cleaning Instructions

Select from our list below for more information regarding care and cleaning of your fabric:

General Upholstery Care and Cleaning

It is important to know proper cleaning methods to ensure your upholstered furniture maintains its new appearance for years to come. By following a few simple cleaning tips, you can obtain the maximum amount of use out of your couch, chair or ottoman.

Cleaning Instructions

  • When cleaning your upholstery, use a cleaner that also deodorizes, is safe for your fabric and does not contain any harsh chemicals. Also, be sure to lightly brush or vacuum your furniture prior to cleaning. This will prevent dirt from entering the fabric while you clean.
  • Apply cleanser to stains using a strong brush. When cleaning, do not rub or scrub the fabric too harshly.
  • Use a damp sponge or cloth to remove the remaining cleanser after a minute or two.
  • After cleansing, be sure your fabric dries thoroughly. To dry your furniture more quickly, leave a window open or run a fan nearby.
  • Consider using a cover to protect your furniture if you have animals or small children. This will help you avoid stains.
  • Once a week, remove dirt from the fabric by lightly brushing or vacuuming your upholstered piece. This will prevent dirt from entering the fabric and will assist in preserving its appearance.
  • Turn or reverse the cushions on your furniture often so they wear evenly. This will also allow you to notice stains sooner. If you do observe a stain, remember to clean upholstered furniture with the weakest solution possible.

While cleaning upholstered fabrics may not always be simple, putting time into caring for your furniture will ultimately be a rewarding task. After all, upholstered fabrics that have been properly cared for can retain their appearance for several years.




Silk Fabric Care and Cleaning

While dry cleaning is recommended, there may be instances where you prefer to hand wash your silk item. In these cases, follow these guidelines to ensure your silk retains its appearance.

Hand Washing

  • Test for color fastness prior to washing. To do so, place a small portion of the silk in lukewarm or cold water. Afterwards, place white cotton fabric over the silk and press a warm iron. While a faint mark is okay, do not wash if there is any other transfer of color from the silk to the white fabric.
  • Do not bleach or boil your silk items.
  • Use cleansers designed for delicate lingerie to hand-wash light-colored silk in warm water.
  • Use tepid water at least three times to rinse thoroughly.
  • Remove surplus water by placing your silk item in a dry, clean towel. Do not leave your silk in wrinkled condition.
  • Allow your silk item to dry in a space away from direct sunlight or heat. Once the material is evenly damp, press your silk with a cool iron. Be sure you do not apply too much pressure over seams.
  • Do not use a steam iron or try to re-dampen your silk.
  • Finish off lightly on the right side.
  • Because dark colors are obtained by adding coloring matters, color fastness cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, it is important to be cautious with darker hues.




Sunbrella® Care and Cleaning Overview

All cleaning information provided by Sunbrella®.

One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella® fabrics looking good and to delay deep or vigorous cleaning 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.

General or Light Cleaning

  • Brush off any loose dirt.
  • Prepare a cleaning solution of 2 ounces (1⁄4 cup) mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water (less than 100°F/38°C).
  • Use a sponge or a soft bristle brush to clean.
  • Allow cleaning solution to soak into fabric.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  • Allow fabric to air dry.

Spot Cleaning

  • Apply a light mist of mild soap and water using a spray bottle.
  • Work the solution into the stain by lightly scrubbing the area with a sponge or very soft bristle brush.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  • Blot excess moisture with a clean, soft towel or sponge.
  • Wet-vacuum or blot excess water.
  • Air dry, repeat steps 3 and 4 until all soap residue is removed.

For Removable Sunbrella® Fabric

Hand-washing

  • Soak fabric in a solution of 1⁄4 cup mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water.
  • Use a sponge or a soft bristle brush as necessary.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  • Air dry.

Machine-washing

  • Do not machine wash fabric.

Heavy Cleaning For Stubborn Stains and Mildew

Sunbrella® fabric does not promote mildew growth; however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances that are not removed from the fabric. To clean mildew or other stubborn stains:

  • Prepare a solution of 8 ounces (1 cup) of bleach and 2 ounces (1⁄4 cup) of mild soap per gallon of clean water.
  • Spray on entire area and allow to soak into the fabric for 15 minutes.
  • Remove stain with a sponge, clean towel or very soft bristle brush.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  • Allow fabric to air dry.
  • If stain and/or mildew are severe, bleach quantities may be increased. See our stain chart for removal of specific stains.

Re-Treating the Fabric for Ease of Cleaning

Sunbrella® fabrics have a special finish that enhances water repellency. The finish is designed to last for several years of normal use, but may be refreshed after a thorough cleaning or extended use.

Glen Raven, Inc., Sunbrella’s parent company, recommends 303 High Tech Fabric Guard™ as the preferred re-treatment product for Sunbrella® fabrics.

Applying 303 High Tech Fabric Guard™

303 High Tech Fabric Guard™ should be applied to Sunbrella® fabrics after each thorough cleaning, which typically removes the original finish and reduces the fabric’s water repellency.

  • Clean Sunbrella® fabric, using one of the suggested cleaning methods.
  • Allow Sunbrella® to completely air dry.
  • Apply 303 High Tech Fabric Guard™ in a well-ventilated area following instructions on the container.
  • Apply 303 High Tech Fabric Guard™ in a thin, even coat and allow fabric to dry completely.
  • Apply a second thin, even coating of 303 High Tech Fabric Guard™. (Two light coatings are more effective in restoring fabric water resistance than a single heavy coating.
  • A 15-ounce bottle provides coverage of up to 50 square feet of fabric.)

For more information, visit www.303products.com.

Professional Cleaners

In evaluating the services of a professional firm, you should inquire about the firm’s experience in working with Sunbrella® fabrics and knowledge of cleaning and re-treatment requirements.

DO NOT dry clean Sunbrella® fabrics.

Helpful Hints

Protect the area around your Sunbrella® fabric when using a bleach solution — bleach may discolor non-Sunbrella® fabrics. Always rinse Sunbrella® thoroughly to completely remove bleach. Sunbrella® fabric air-dries very quickly. Machine drying is not necessary. If fabric has some wrinkling, use an iron, if necessary, but only on the synthetic* setting. As some irons exceed the recommended 100°F/38°C temperature on the synthetic setting, test a small, inconspicuous area before ironing entire piece.

DO NOT use a steamer or iron set to steam setting.

*Synthetic fabric heat settings normally do not exceed 150°F/66°C.

Sunbrella® Stain Chart

This chart contains our recommended cleaning methods of Sunbrella® fabric for some of the most common and toughest stains. You may also use Carbona™ Stain Devil cleaning products. Available from national retailers, Carbona™ provides 9 formulas made to get out different types of stains. Apply the number indicated for your stain:

STAIN RECOMMENDED CLEANING SOLUTIONS CARBONA™ STAIN DEVIL#
BeerDawn® dishwashing liquid
(2 oz.) / Water (1 gal.)/
White vinegar (3 oz.)
8
BerryDawn® dishwashing liquid
(2 oz.) / Water (1 gal.) /
Ammonia (4-8 oz.)
8
Bird DroppingsDawn® dishwashing liquid
(2 oz.) / Water (1 gal.),
or try Goo Gone Grease
Cutter (a hand cleaner),
Greased Lightning, or
Clean Rite Purple Power (available at Wal-Mart,
K-Mart, etc.)
 
Blood (Dried)Dawn® dishwashing liquid
(2 oz.) / Water (1 gal.) /
Ammonia (4-8 oz.)
4
ButterVolatile solvent
(acetone) 100%
5
Charcoal, Pencil MarksVacuum, then Dawn®
dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) /
Water (1 gal.)
3
Catsup Or MustardDawn® dishwashing liquid
(2 oz.) / Water (1 gal.)
2
Chewing GumVolatile solvent
(acetone) 100%
1
ChocolateDawn® dishwashing liquid
(2 oz.) / Water (1 gal.) /
Ammonia (4 oz.)
2
CoffeeDawn® dishwashing
liquid / Water,
White vinegar,
Volatile solvent (acetone)
8
ColaDawn® dishwashing liquid
(2 oz.) / Water (1 gal.)
8
CrayonPaint remover (100%),
Oil or grease remover
(mix as directed)
3
Egg (Raw)Dawn® dishwashing liquid
(2 oz.) / Water (1 gal.)
4
Grape JuiceDawn® dishwashing liquid
(2 oz.) / Water (1 gal.)
8
GravyDawn® dishwashing liquid
(2 oz.) / Water (1 gal.)
2
Grease (Car) Volatile solvent
(acetone) 100%
5
Ink (Permanent, India, Ballpoint)Paint remover (100%),
Volatile solvent (acetone,
100%), Soap and water
3
Iron RustCarbona™ Stain Devil #9 9
LipstickPaint remover,
Oil or grease remover
(mix as directed)
6
MascaraPaint remover (100%),
Volatile solvent (acetone,
100%), Dawn® dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / Water (1 gal.)
8
Mildew Bleach (1 cup) / Dawn®
dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) /
Water (1 gal.)
4
MilkDawn® dishwashing liquid
(2 oz.) / Water (1 gal.)
8
Nail PolishVolatile solvent
(acetone, 100%)
1
OilVolatile solvent
(acetone, 100%)
5
Orange DrinkDawn® dishwashing liquid
(2 oz.) / Water (1 gal.)
8
Paint (Latex) WetDawn® dishwashing liquid
(2 oz.) / Water (1 gal.)
1
Paint (Latex) Dried Paint remover (100%),
Oil or grease remover
(mix as directed)
1
Paint (Oil or Lacquer)Paint remover (100%),
Oil or grease remover
(mix as directed)
5
Shoe Polish (Liquid)Volatile solvent
(acetone, 100%)
7
Shoe Polish (Wax) Apply heated iron over
towel, Volatile solvent
(acetone, 100%)
1
Suntan LotionPine Power® or pine oil
detergent / Water
(mix as directed)
5
TeaDawn® dishwashing liquid
(2 oz.) / Water (1 gal.)
8
Tomato JuiceDawn® dishwashing liquid
(2 oz.) / Water (1 gal.)
2
Tree Sap Turpentine (100%),
Dawn® dishwashing liquid
(2 oz.) / Water (1 gal.)
7
UrineDawn® dishwashing liquid
(2 oz.) / Water (1 gal.) /
White vinegar (3 oz.)
8
VomitDawn® dishwashing liquid
(2 oz.) / Water (1 gal.) /
White vinegar (3 oz.)
8
Food ColorDawn® dishwashing liquid
(2 oz.) / Water (1 gal.) /
White vinegar (3 oz.)
6
Wax (Candle)Apply heated iron over
towel, Volatile solvent
(acetone, 100%)
1
WineDawn® dishwashing liquid
(2 oz.) / Water (1 gal.) /
Ammonia (4-8 oz.) /
White vinegar (3 oz.)
8





Robert Allen® Fabric Care and Cleaning

By maintaining the appearance of your Robert Allen® fabric and following a few guidelines to ensure it is properly cared for, you can prolong its use and prevent wear.

Care Instructions

Because window glass magnifies the sun's rays regardless of the season, it is important to protect your fabrics from the sun. One option is to employ trees and shrubbery to help eliminate sunlight. Otherwise, draw your shades during the day or use awnings when possible to block the sun's rays. In addition, colors can also fade through oxidation, or gas fading, so it is important not to keep your Robert Allen® fabrics in storage for a long period without airing it out. If you are using Robert Allen® fabrics for draperies or drapes, line and interline to prevent fading.

It is important to vacuum your Robert Allen® fabrics often to remove dust and other substances. Also, try to dry clean your fabrics at regular intervals so impurities do not collect. Do not try to remove any spots or stains yourself.

Because most fabrics breathe and retain moisture, few fabrics are constant. This often results in fabric stretching or shrinking as much as 3 percent in length. To prevent even greater changes, do not place your fabrics around heating and cooling vents.

While a finish does not eliminate the necessity of properly caring for fabrics, they often help fabrics resist spotting. Generally, light colors are likely to benefit the most. However, if a stain occurs, it should be given immediate attention by a professional dry cleaner.




Outdura® Care and Cleaning Overview

To avoid dirt from collecting, regularly clean your Outdura® fabric. By simply removing excess soil by lightly brushing your fabric or washing the area with tepid water, you can increase the lifespan of your fabrics.

Outdura® Indoor/Outdoor Furniture Grade Fabric

  • To uphold the appearance of your fabric, brush often, clean spills as they arise and spot-clean stains.
  • If you wish to hand wash your removable covers, soak the fabric in a gallon of lukewarm water and gently scrub using a sponge or brush. If necessary, add a 1⁄4 cup of mild soap. Be sure to rinse the area completely to remove all residues and allow your fabric to air dry.
  • Mist upholstered fabrics with water and mild soap to spot clean. If needed, gently scrub with a sponge or brush. Rinse the piece completely to eliminate all residues and then allow the fabric to air dry. If desired, you may also blot or use a wet-vacuum to decrease drying time.
  • To clean more thoroughly, gently scrub your fabric with a mixture of lukewarm water and a mild natural soap, such as Ivory brand soap. Afterward, rinse the area completely to remove any residue.
  • To remove stubborn stains or mildew, mix 1 cup of bleach, 1⁄4 cup of mild soap, and a gallon of water. Allow the stained area to soak for 20 minutes prior to gently scrubbing with a sponge or clean towel. Be sure to rinse the area thoroughly and allow the fabric to air dry.
  • For light cleaning, mix 1⁄4 cup of mild soap and a gallon of tepid water. Allow the mixture to soak the fabric. Be sure to rinse the area completely and allow your fabric to air dry.
  • To spot-clean a removable cover, mist the area with a mixture of water and mild soap, then scrub forcefully with a sponge or brush. Rinse the area completely to remove all residues, then allow the fabric to air dry or blot dry with a wet-vacuum.
  • Do not dry clean or steam your Outdura® fabrics. When necessary, use an iron with a synthetic fabric heat setting.
  • Do not machine-wash.

Outdura Recommended Cleaning Solutions

STAIN RECOMMENDED CLEANING SOLUTIONS
Bird Droppings, Ketchup, Cola, Egg (Raw), Grape Juice, Latex Paint (Wet), Milk, Mustard, Orange Drink, Tea, Tomato Juice Liquid Detergent (2 oz.),
Water (1 gal.)
Beer, Urine, Vomit, Watercolor Liquid Detergent (2 oz.),
White Vinegar (3 oz.),
Water (1 gal.)
Berry, Blood (Dried), Chocolate Liquid Detergent (2 oz.),
Ammonia (4-8 oz.),
Water (1 gal.)
Wine Liquid Detergent (2 oz.),
Ammonia (4-8 oz.),
White Vinegar (3 oz.),
Water (1 gal.)
Butter, Car Grease, Chewing Gum, Nail Polish, Oil, Shoe Polish (Liquid) Volatile solvent
(acetone, 100%)
Crayon, Lipstick, Paint (Dried latex), Paint (Oil or Lacquer)Paint remover (100%),
Oil or grease remover
(follow mixing instructions)
Coffee Detergent, White vinegar,
Volatile solvent (acetone),
Water
Ink (Permanent, India, Ballpoint) Paint remover (100%),
Volatile solvent (acetone,
100%), Soap, Water
MascaraPaint remover (100%),
Volatile solvent (acetone),
Detergent (2 oz.),
Water (1 gal.)
Iron RustOxalic or Citrus Acids,
Water
MildewBleach (1 cup),
Liquid Detergent (2 oz.),
Water (1 gal.)
Shoe Polish (Wax), Wax (Candle)Volatile solvent (acetone,
100%), Apply heated iron
over towel
Suntan LotionPine oil detergent, Water
(follow mixing instructions)
Tree SapTurpentine (100%),
Liquid Detergent (2 oz.),
Water (1 gal.)
Charcoal, Pencil MarksVacuum, then Liquid
Detergent (2 oz.),
Water (1 gal.)







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