Care & Cleaning of Sunbrella Fabrics​

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.

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.


  • BEER: Dawn® dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1-gallon water / white vinegar (3 oz.) – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 8
  • BERRY:  Dawn® dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1-gallon water / ammonia (4-8 oz.) – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 8
  • BIRD DROPPINGS: Dawn® dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1-gallon water, or try Goo Gone Grease Cutter (a hand cleaner), Greased Lightning, or Clean Rite Purple Power (available at Wal-Mart, Lowe’s Home Depot, Tractor Supply, etc.)
  • BLOOD (DRIED): Dawn® dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1-gallon water / ammonia (4-8 oz.) – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 4
  • BUTTER: Volatile solvent (acetone) 100% – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 5
  • CHARCOAL/PENCIL MARKS: vacuum, then Dawn® dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1-gallon water         – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 3
  • CATSUP OR MUSTARD: Dawn® dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1-gallon water – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 2
  • CHEWING GUM: volatile solvent (acetone) 100% – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 1
  • CHOCOLATE: Dawn® dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1-gallon water / ammonia (4 oz.)- Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 2
  • COFFEE:  Dawn® dishwashing liquid / water, white vinegar, volatile solvent (acetone)- Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 7
  • COLA: Dawn® dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1-gallon water – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 7
  • CRAYON: paint remover (100%), oil or grease remover (mix as directed) – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 3
  • EGG (RAW): Dawn® dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1-gallon water – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 4
  • GRAPE JUICE: Dawn® dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1-gallon water – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 8
  • GRAVY:  Dawn® dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1-gallon water – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 2
  • GREASE (CAR): volatile solvent (acetone) 100% – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 5
  • INK (PERMANENT, INDIA, BALLPOINT): paint remover (100%), volatile solvent (acetone) 100%, soap and water  – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 3
  • IRON RUST: Carbona™ Stain Devil #9
  • LIPSTICK: Paint remover, oil or grease remover (mix as directed) – Carbona™ Stain Devil No.   6
  • MASCARA: paint remover (100%), volatile solvent (acetone-100%), Dawn® dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1-gallon water – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 6
  • MILDEW: Bleach (1 cup) / Dawn® dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1-gallon water – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 4
  • MILK: Dawn® dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1-gallon water – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 8
  • NAIL POLISH: Volatile solvent (acetone) 100% – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 1
  • OIL: Volatile solvent (acetone) 100% – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 5
  • ORANGE DRINK: Dawn® dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1-gallon water – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 8
  • PAINT (LATEX) WET:  Dawn® dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1-gallon water – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 6
  • PAINT (LATEX) DRY:  Paint remover (100%), oil or grease remover (mix as directed)      – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 6
  • PAINT (OIL OR LACQUER):  Paint remover (100%), oil or grease remover (mix as directed) – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 5
  • SHOE POLISH (LIQUID): Volatile solvent (acetone) 100% – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 5
  • SHOE POLISH (WAX):  Apply heated iron over towel, volatile solvent (acetone) 100%    – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 5
  • SUNTAN LOTION:  Pine Power® or pine oil detergent / water (mix as directed) – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 5
  • TEA:  Dawn® dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1-gallon water – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 7
  • TOMATO JUICE: Dawn® dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1-gallon water – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 2
  • TREE SAP: Turpentine (100%), Dawn® dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1-gallon water – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 10
  • URINE:  Dawn® dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1-gallon water / white vinegar (3 oz.) – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 7
  • VOMIT: Dawn® dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1-gallon water / white vinegar (3 oz.) – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 7
  • WATER COLOR:  Dawn® dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1-gallon water / white vinegar (3 oz.) – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 6
  • WAX (CANDLE):  Apply heated iron over towel, volatile solvent (acetone) 100% – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 10
  • WINE: Dawn® dishwashing liquid (2 oz.) / 1-gallon water / ammonia (4-8 oz.) / white vinegar (3 oz.) – Carbona™ Stain Devil No. 8
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