Summer is almost here! And warmer temperatures mean more time outside, and more dirt brought inside! Kids, pets, and yes, even us adults, track in dirt and grime from the yard, playgrounds and ball fields. The last thing you want to worry about is all that dirt finding its way to your beautiful furniture. But take heart! Unlike Grandma’s days, you don’t have to cover your prize sofa in plastic to keep it safe from the perils of everyday living. Sunbrella is a great option for easy care furniture!
As you might already know, Sunbrella is known for its worry-free fabrics, stain resistant staple pieces, and oh-so-easy cleanability. All Sunbrella fabrics are designed to withstand spills, sun, dirt, and mold. Not to mention, cleaning Sunbrella furniture is a breeze – all pieces can be washed with soap, water, and bleach.
So, whether it’s a stain on your Sunbrella sofa, an accident on the ottoman, or simply time for a deep couch clean, fear not. To help you keep your Sunbrella furniture fresh and clean during the sunny season ahead, Bernie & Phyl’s has compiled all you need to know about cleaning Sunbrella upholstered furniture.
General Sunbrella Cleaning and Upkeep:
Sunbrella is known for its resistance against dirt and grime, mold and stains, even water and fades. Their fabrics are coated with a special finish that fights against all of furniture’s worst enemies, making them a worry-free solution for even the most active homes.
But like any furniture, Sunbrella needs to be cleaned every now and then to prevent dirt and grime from building up. Especially during this time of year, when the dogs (or the kids) constantly trail in mud and moisture from their days outside, spot cleaning Sunbrella furniture is vital.
The brand itself recommends this, as well, in order to keep the fabrics looking like new. General spot cleaning of Sunbrella is simple. Just brush off dirt as soon as it’s noticed, so that it doesn’t get embedded or pressed into the fabrics. Wipe up or clean spills as soon as they occur, too – the quicker you address them, the easier they will be to remove. Embedded dirt or ignored spills can inevitably lead to some mildew growth, no matter how resistant your fabric is. By taking care of your Sunbrella furniture now, you can post-pone the more robust deep cleanings that furniture so often requires.
The general washing and cleaning of Sunbrella will depend on the type of fabric you have, as well as the piece of furniture/upholstery to which it belongs. All Sunbrella fabrics can be hand-washed with a soap and water solution and left to dry.
How to Remove those Stubborn Stains from your Sunbrella:
No matter how careful you are with your new home furnishings, accidents can always occur. Perhaps your little ones dropped their saucey snacks on the sofa. Maybe your darling – yet clumsy – significant other spilled wine all over your new Sunbrella loveseat. Or, it was your new cat that had an accident on the ottoman while you were out. No matter what happened, it happened, and you must do what you can to save your Sunbrella furniture. Fortunately, they’ve made that part easy.
We know the immediate panic you felt when that spill hit the surface – even the smallest drip can be devastating. The good news is, Sunbrella fabric is particularly resistant to stains. With Sunbrella, you won’t have to get a new couch cover every time an accident occurs. You can just follow these simple cleaning steps.
If it is a new stain or spill, you’ll want to start with the basics:
- Blot (never rub). Clean any liquid spills with a dry, white cloth. For any oil-based spills (such as salad dressing or lotion), first apply cornstarch as an absorbent, let it sit for ten minutes, and then remove with a straight edge. This will prevent the stain from spreading or being pressed into the fabric.
- Spray on a light mist of a mild cleaning solution of dishwashing soap and water.
- Once that sets, rinse the fabric thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
- Blot away excess water and leave to air dry.
Should your furniture be exposed to dirt or spills for a stretch of time, enough for mold and mildew to occur, rest assured that all Sunbrella fabrics can be easily and safely cleaned with bleach, without losing color. However, most of your tougher stains – ink, mildew, wine – can be cleaned simply by using the appropriate washing instructions for your specific need (see Sunbrella’s stain chart for details).
In general, when cleaning the most stubborn stains off your Sunbrella upholstered furniture, you can follow the below cleaning instructions:
- Again create a mist of mild, soap and water. Apply this directly to the spot.
- Gently work the solution into the stain using a sponge or soft-bristle brush. Agitate the entire surface area, moving from seam to seam on each cushion. Do not rub in a circular motion, and try to avoid scrubbing, as that could wear down your Sunbrella fabric.
- Rinse the entire fabric to remove any soap residue, and blot the excess from seam to seam with a clean, soft towel. You may also wet-vacuum the excess solution.
- Allow time to air dry and repeat rinsing and blotting as necessary.
It is important to note that while Sunbrella fabrics can be used indoors and out, the cleaning methods for the different fabrics will vary depending on the fabrication and manufacturing of your furniture. If you are unsure how to wash the Sunbrella fabric on your Bernie & Phyl’s sofa, you may contact one of our customer care representatives for more specific cleaning instructions.
Keeping your furniture clean isn’t always a breeze, but cleaning Sunbrella is – and that’s a guarantee. Sunbrella’s indoor upholstered collection is typically backed by a 5-year manufacturer warranty in case any more major accidents occur. Bernie & Phyl’s also offers a Furniture Protection Plan to our customers, covering additional damage that might happen to your indoor Sunbrella staples.
With the power of Sunbrella, you no longer need to stress over stains or closely monitor the high-traffic areas of your home. We’ve got you covered. For more information about cleaning Sunbrella furniture or to learn about the Sunbrella collection at Bernie & Phyl’s, do not hesitate to call us toll-free at 800-244-9350.