What Are Outdoor Fabrics?
"Outdoor Fabrics" refer to woven textiles made from a wide variety
of synthetic fibers, acrylic, polyester, olefin and various blends,
including cotton. These breathable fabrics are made "water repellent"
by a chemical treatment process during manufacturing. The treated
fabric repels (beads) water, resists soiling, both water & oil
based stains and impedes mildew formation.
With time and use the original repellency treatment is diminished,
making periodic cleaning and re-treatment necessary. The key to keeping
your outdoor fabric looking great and extending its life is periodic
cleaning followed by repellency re-treatment.
Common Outdoor Fabric Uses:
- Bimini Tops
- Boat & sail covers
- Acrylic awnings & furniture
- "Canvas" Fabric Convertible Tops
Home and Garden:
- Commercial and residential awnings, outdoor furniture
Save Money and Add Years To The Life Of Your Outdoor Fabric
Though the cleaning and re-treatment procedures in this pamphlet
specifically apply to Sunbrella® and fabric "canvas" convertible
topping, they also apply to most outdoor fabrics.
Waiting until your outdoor fabric is dirty, stained and/or leaking
requires the use of harsh chemicals and physical cleaning methods which
can diminish service life.
Simple Cleaning - It's Easy!
For Best Results
Cleaning: Use 303 Fabric / Vinyl Cleaner, 303
Aerospace Cleaner, 303 Convertible Top Cleaner or 303 Cleaner &
Spot Remover or use a mild
natural soap (Ivory Soap) in lukewarm water (100°F max)
Use soft bristle brush, sponge or cloth to loosen any stubborn dirt.
Properly maintained fabric should require no more than light agitation.
Rinse THOROUGHLY to remove soil and cleaning agent.
Allow to air dry.
303 High Tech Fabric Guard is the re-treatment product recommended by and for Sunbrella® /Glen Raven, Inc.
303 High Tech Fabric Guard restores lost water repellency and stain
repellency to factory new levels. It stops leaks, resists soiling,
impedes mildew formation and helps protect against the sun's harmful UV
With 303 High Tech Fabric Guard retreating is easy, quick, inexpensive and lasts a long time.
It's Easy With 303 High Tech Fabric Guard
Use only on new or newly cleaned, dry fabric.
Spray on 303 High Tech Fabric Guard until damp. DO NOT SATURATE!
Allow fabric to dry thoroughly before using or storing.
If time permits, two light coats are better than one medium coat. Allow to air dry thoroughly between coats.
For Sunbrella, "canvas" convertible topping and similar weight fabrics,
apply at the rate of 75-100 sq. ft. per 16 oz. trigger sprayer, 500-800
sq. ft. per gallon. Expect greater coverage on lighter weight fabrics,
less on heavier fabrics and carpeting.
Maintenance Tip: About once a month, use a water
hose to gently spray off any dirt that has settled (outdoor
Sunbrella). This keeps dirt from settling in and extends the time
between soap and water cleaning and retreating.
For Stubborn Stains: Soak the stained fabric for no
more tahn 20 minutes in a solution of 1/2 cup (4 oz) of bleach and 2 oz
303 Fabric Cleaner or 303 Aerospace Cleaner or natural soap per gallon
of warm water (100°F).
Tip For New Fabrics: During the fabrication process
the factory finish can be worn causing the new fabric to "wet", most
commonly at the seams. To prevent or correct seam leaks, treat the
seam with 303 High Tech Fabric Guard.
WARNING: Silicone "water repellent" products are
not recommended. These products are not compatible with the outdoor
fabric's factory finish and actually promote staining. Water
"sealants" for wood and masonry also are not recommended.
Before using 303 High Tech Fabric Guard, read the label directions and warnings.
Sunbrella®, made from 100% solution dyed acrylic fiber, is the world's largest selling outdoor fabric.
303 High Tech Fabric Guard is powerful enough to protect fabrics in
the harshest environment...outdoors. Yet 303 High Tech Fabric Guard is
safe for the finest fabrics, wool, silk, and fine leathers including