how to remove bird poop from sunbrella fabric

I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never cleaned my Sunbrella outdoor cushions, but I really should. How do you clean yours?

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Re-Treating Sunbrella for Ease of Cleaning

Sunbrella fabrics receive a water and stain repellent finish as part of the finishing process. Although this finish is meant to last for a few years, it might need to be reapplied after a thorough cleaning. For Sunbrella fabrics, Glen Raven® advises using 303® Fabric GuardTM as the recommended re-treatment product. Re-treating fabrics is recommended following a thorough cleaning or five years of use.

Cleaning Awnings and Marine Tops/Covers

Hose fabrics off on a monthly basis with clean water. By doing this, dirt is kept from getting really embedded in the fabric, reducing the need for more frequent, intense cleaning. Most environments will require a thorough cleaning every two to three years.

If necessary, Sunbrella fabric can be cleaned completely while still attached to a boat or awning frame, or if space permits, it can be taken off to be cleaned. If the size of a boat cover or awning fits a washing machine:

  • Use mild soap.
  • For heavier stains add 1 cup of bleach to wash.
  • Wash and rinse in cold water.
  • Air dry. Never apply heat to Sunbrella.
  • After machine washing, retreatment for water and stain resistance will be required.

When cleaning Sunbrella on a boat or an awning frame, do the following:

  • Brush off loose dirt.
  • Hose down.
  • Mix water and a mild soap, like Woolite or Dawn dishwashing liquid, to make a cleaning solution.
  • Use a soft bristle brush to clean.
  • Allow cleaning solution to soak into the fabric.
  • Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue is removed.
  • Air dry.
  • Depending on the age of the fabric, retreatment might not be necessary.


How do you get bird poop off of Sunbrella?

Boat Clean Plus is excellent for cleaning the bird droppings from all soft surfaces, like Sunbrella canvas as well as hard surfaces like fiberglass. Simply spray it on, full strength, making sure that the entire mess is wet and allow it to work for 20 minutes or so, then rinse it clean.

How do you get stains out of Sunbrella fabric?

Combine 1 teaspoon (4 ml) of dishwashing liquid and 1 teaspoon (4 ml) of hydrogen peroxide per 1 cup (250 ml) of water. For fresh stains, apply cornstarch as an absorbent, remove excess with a straight edge, and clean up residual with 1 teaspoon (4 ml) of dishwashing liquid per 1 cup (250 ml) of water.

How do you get bird poop out of outdoor fabric?

Use Hydrogen Peroxide For removing persistent bird poop stains, hydrogen peroxide might do the trick. Using an eyedropper, apply a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to the area. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then rinse the area with water.

Can I use vinegar on Sunbrella fabric?

Mix a cleaning solution of ¼ cup dishwashing liquid and ½ cup to 1 cup white vinegar per 1 gallon of water. Spray the solution onto the fabric and allow it to soak in. Rinse thoroughly to remove the soap residue. Allow the fabric to air dry.