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How do you clean your Sunbrella fabric sofas?

Do you have a stain on your sofa? Don't panic: Sunbrella textiles are high-end fabrics with a water-repellent treatment that protects you from this type of problem. However, some sound advice is helpful in order to preserve the shine of these coverings when you have a ketchup stain or split coffee.

What do you do if you have a stain on your fabric sofa?

Immediately after the accident, refrain from scrubbing your upholstery fabrics with an unsuitable tool. Do not use brushes or other abrasive tools or products. You could damage the stain-resistant coating on your Sunbrella sofa.

To begin, take the time to dab the area with a clean, dry cloth. Other types of stains will need appropriate tools. For example, oily liquids and greasy substances (butter, sun cream) are easier to remove with cornflour. You can then remove the excess with a scraper. Then take the time to prepare a mix of warm water and soap and apply it with a soft brush. Allow the solution to penetrate and then rinse thoroughly before letting the fabric air dry.

Other textile cleaners may be recommended for more specific situations, such as:

  • Coffee, milk or grape juice, for example, mix washing-up liquid with water.
  • Beer, urine or vomit, mix washing-up liquid and white vinegar with water.
  • Dried blood, mix washing-up liquid with ammonia and water.
  • Chocolate, mix washing-up liquid with hydrogen peroxide and water

Vous pouvez aussi compter sur des produits nettoyants textiles, comme Resolve, for most stains.

What do you need to know about caring for your fabric sofa?

The specifications of Sunbrella fabrics make routine maintenance easy. Water-repellent and breathable, they are even suitable for outdoor use and are resistant to inconveniences such as mould. Nevertheless, dirt remaining after an accident will provide an ideal breeding ground for them.

Good to know: How do you remove mould from fabric?

Mix 60 ml of bleach and 150 ml of soap per litre of water. Spray this solution on and let it soak in. Then, clean the surface with a sponge or soft brush and let it air dry. Always be careful with beach as it may discolour your furniture.

Sofa covers and other upholstery fabrics may still show signs of the incident. If your sofa has removable covers, you can choose to wash them by hand or by machine:

  • In the first case, soak your fabric in a mixture of mild soap and warm water, then rinse thoroughly.
  • In the second case, wash it on a delicate cycle with cold water. It is always best to check the procedure to follow with the furniture manufacturer.

You need to tailor your stain remover to each situation. If in doubt, have your fabric sofa cleaned by a specialist. These people know about stain removers that are suitable for sofa fabrics, such as upholstery restorer cleaners. This guarantees that your sofa will be restored to its original condition.