Canvas Notes

The shade is cool

The shade is cool, and the look is hot. Our elegant colors and patterns come in all shapes and sizes.
Sunbrella's beauty, its ability to stand up to the elements, and the fact that we offer the best limited warranty in the business, means you'll enjoy your awning for years to come.

Add the option of a retractable motor and you can select awning or the sky, at the push of a button. Somfy makes a range of motors for retractable awnings featuring Sunbrella fabrics, including smart technology that can automatically retract your awning in case of high wind or bad weather.

Traditional awnings will beautify your home or business, provide protection from the sun's harmful rays, and reduce your summer cooling bills.

Nothing stands up better to the challenges of travel than an awning for your recreational vehicle featuring Sunbrella fabrics. Extend your outdoor living space with a fun color or pattern that helps you be at home on the road. Designed for years of worry-free use, recreational vehicle (RV) awnings featuring Sunbrella fabrics are a practical way to add comfortable shade.

Care and Cleaning

One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella® fabrics looking good and to delay the need for deep or vigorous cleanings is to hose fabrics off on a monthly basis with clear water.
This practice will help prevent dirt from becoming deeply embedded in the fabric and eliminate the need for more frequent vigorous cleanings.
In most environments, a thorough cleaning will be needed every two to three years.

When it's time for a thorough cleaning, Sunbrella fabrics can be cleaned while still on an awning frame or, size permitting, they can be removed for cleaning in a washing machine.

When cleaning Sunbrella fabrics, it is important to observe the following:

  • Always use a mild soap such as Ivory Snow, Dreft or Woolite.
  • Water should be cold to lukewarm. Never more than 100°F.
  • Air dry only. Never apply heat to Sunbrella fabrics.

General or Light Cleaning

To clean Sunbrella while still on an awning frame, follow these simple steps:

  • Brush off loose dirt.
  • Hose down.
  • Prepare a cleaning solution of water and mild soap such as Ivory Snow, Dreft or Woolite (no detergents).
  • Use a soft bristle brush to clean.
  • Allow cleaning solution to soak into the fabric.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Air dry.
  • May not require retreatment depending on the age of the fabric.

If stubborn stains persist, you can use a diluted chlorine bleach/soap mixture for spot cleaning of mildew, roof run-off or other similar stains.

Heavy Cleaning for Stubborn Stains and Mildew

Sunbrella fabric does not promote mildew growth, however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances that are not removed from the fabric. To clean mildew, or other stubborn stains:

  • Eight ounces (1 cup) of chlorine bleach.
  • Two ounces (1/4 cup) of mild soap and/or detergent.
  • One gallon of water.
  • Clean with soft bristle brush.
  • Allow mixture to soak into fabric for up to 20 minutes.
  • Allow mixture to soak into fabric for up to 20 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Air dry.
  • Repeat if necessary.
  • Retreatment of fabric for water and stain resistance will be necessary.

Remember to protect the area around your Sunbrella if using a bleach solution. Carpet or other fabrics that are not Sunbrella may have an adverse reaction to the bleach.

If an awning is suitable in size for a washing machine, these steps should be followed:

  • Use mild soap and/or detergent.
  • For heavier stains add 1 cup of bleach to wash.
  • Wash and rinse in cold water.
  • Air dry. Never apply heat to Sunbrella.
  • Retreatment for water and stain resistance will be necessary after machine washing.

Retreating the Fabric

As part of the finishing process, Sunbrella fabrics are treated with a fluorocarbon finish, which enhances water repellency. This finish is designed to last for several years, but must be replenished after a thorough cleaning.  Fabrics should be retreated after thorough cleaning or after five years of use. For more information on retreatment products, please visit.

Professional Awning Cleaners

You may have access to professional awning cleaning firms. In evaluating the services of a professional firm, you should inquire about a firm's experience in working with Sunbrella fabrics and knowledge of cleaning and retreatment requirements. DO NOT dry clean Sunbrella fabrics.

Helpful Hints

  • Protect the area around the Sunbrella fabric when using a bleach solution - bleach may discolor non-Sunbrella fabrics. Always rinse Sunbrella thoroughly to completely remove bleach.
  • Sunbrella air dries very quickly. Machine drying is not necessary.
  • If fabric has some wrinkling, use an iron, if necessary, but only on the synthetic* setting. As some irons exceed the recommended 100°F temperature on the synthetic setting, test a small inconspicuous area before ironing entire piece.
  • DO NOT use a steamer or iron set to steam setting.
  • Use of bleach and/or advanced age of the fabric application may impact the deterioration of the sewing thread and other non-Sunbrella components.

* Synthetic fabric heat settings normally do not exceed 150°F.