Whether you are a clean freak or not, having your canvas projects cleaned and treated will extend the life of your investment tremendously. Here are some DIY tips for keeping your projects long-lasting. If you aren’t up for the task yourself, bring it to us. We are experienced with the dirty work so let us help bring your soiled canvas back to life. For detailed info, view the Repairs PDF.
Typically our cushions are made from Marine or Upholstery Sunbrella. Whether you had your cushions made from us or have store-bought, proper care is critical. The biggest culprit of mold & algae on outdoor cushions is typically dirt and debris. Mold collects on the dirt particles makes your cushions less than attractive.
To keep your cushions in tip-top shape follow these general rules:
*If possible, store your cushions inside in the winter or keep them fully protected with custom covers. We realize this is not always an option so follow these easy steps.
- Rinse or lightly spray your cushions with water once a week to keep dirt and debris from building up
- Scrub stains or dirt spots with mild soap and water
- For heavier dirt, remove your cover and wash by hand or in the washing machine. You can use bleach if need be. See the Fabric Care Section below.
- Indoor cushions typically use upholstery Sunbrella. It can be more delicate but can withstand careful washing and spot cleaning.
- Cushion covers can also be treated with 303 Fabric Guard every couple of years. It is the only product recommended by and for Sunbrella and will restore lost water repellency to fabrics without altering fabric color, feel, flammability or breathability.
Sunbrella Fabric: Biminis, boat covers, outdoor cushions, awnings or other fabric projects are often fabricated in Sunbrella Marine Fabric. Sunbrella is the industry standard for much of our work.
Care and Cleaning of Sunbrella Fabric: See above or click here for the Sunbrella Cleaning Brochure
Sunbrella Canvas products should be cleaned annually and treated with 303® MARINE FABRIC GUARD:
- Strengthens and restores lost water repellency
- Recommended by Sunbrella®, leading outdoor fabric manufacturer
- Protects against both water-based and oil-based stains
- Does not alter fabric color, feel, flammability or breathability
- Safe for synthetic and natural fibers
Other Fabrics: WeatherMax, Stamoid, Heavy Duty PVC, Mesh, Leather and Upholstery Vinyl are all examples of fabrics we use in various applications. Specific care can vary depending on your project so give us a call and we are happy to provide you with professional cleaning and maintenance tips.
The Fabric surrounding your windows can typically be treated with a little elbow grease. Mild soap and water with a scrub brush can make a significant dent in dirt and mold. For a deeper clean, bring your window to us and we will scrub and treat it. We can also lubricate or replace old zippers.
Tips for cleaning any kind of clear vinyl:
- Rinse thoroughly first to remove any salt deposit.
- Clean by using mild soap and water. Rinse frequently as you wash.
- Dry with a soft cloth or chamois. (Don’t use paper towels)
- Treat your vinyl after it has been cleaned, by applying IMAR Protective Cleaner. This will help preserve and protect the vinyl.
Makralon 40 mil VR semi-rigid polycarbonate: Clean water should be used to regularly rinse off Makralon windows. To clean windows, a mild soap such as Dawn or Palmolive dishwashing liquid should be used. Use a soft microfiber cloth or chamois to dry windows. Do not use Windex or other cleaning products intended for glass. Click Here for more details.
Strataglass and Crystal Clear 30/40 mil sheet vinyl: Regularly rinse your vinyl windows with clean water to remove salt water, dust and dirt. Only use a microfiber cloth or chamois to dry widows. The manufacturer recommends specific cleaners to use on Crystal Clear and Strataglass vinyl, though a solution of mild dishwashing soap and water is safe to use to clean along with clean water and a microfiber cloth. Click Here for more details.
Whatever kind of clear vinyl you have, NEVER use any kind of product with silicone in it, don’t handle the vinyl or polycarbonate glass with sunscreen on your hands and when storing them, place paper or old sheets in between the panels and lay them flat or stand them up rolled.