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By nacidude (nacidude) on Saturday, November 16, 2002 - 8:38 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
By Wakeboarders Heaven (83tige99) on Saturday, November 16, 2002 - 1:24 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
If you are going to wash your Cover go to a laundromat with an X-large capacity washer. Use Woolite and have some fabric softner ready for when the machine starts to sud over, which it will do because of the waterproofing. Then take the cover home put it on the boat and spot clean any really dirty spots. Then let it dry and spray with a waterproofing spray like 303 or scotchguard and you will be good to go. If your cover is black you might want to use the woolite dark.
By malibudude (malibudude) on Saturday, November 16, 2002 - 1:50 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Cleaning (from sunbrella themselves)

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 imbedded 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 a boat 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 natural soap. Never detergent.
Water should be cold to lukewarm. Never more than 100 degrees.
Air dry only. Never apply heat to Sunbrella fabrics.
If you are cleaning Sunbrella while still on a frame or on a boat, follow these simple steps:

Brush off loose dirt.
Hose down.
Prepare a cleaning mixture of water and mild, natural soap (no detergents).
Use a soft bristle brush to clean.
Allow soap to soak in.
Rinse thoroughly.
Air dry.
If stubborn stains persist, you can use a diluted chlorine bleach/soap mixture for spot cleaning of mildew, roof run-off and other similar stains.

Prepare a special cleaning mixture:

Four ounces (half cup) of chlorine bleach.
Two ounces (one-fourth cup) of natural soap.
One gallon of water.
Clean with soft bristle brush.
Allow mixture to soak for up to 20 minutes.
Rinse thoroughly.
Air dry.
Repeat if necessary.

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

Use only natural soaps. No detergent.
Wash and rinse in cold water.
Air dry. Never put Sunbrella fabrics in your dryer
Re-treating 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. Based on test results, Glen Raven recommends 303 High Tech Fabric Guard™ as the preferred re-treatment product for Sunbrella fabrics. Fabrics should be retreated after thorough cleaning or after five years of use. Check with your local Sunbrella dealer or distributor for more information.

Applying 303 High Tech Fabric Guard™

303 should be applied to Sunbrella fabrics after each thorough cleaning, which typically removes the original fluorocarbon finish and reduces the fabric's water resistance. After cleaning the fabric, allow it to air dry completely and then apply 303 in a thin, even coat. After allowing the first coat of 303 to air dry, apply a second thin, even coating of 303. Two light coatings are more effective in restoring fabric water resistance than a single heavy coating. The 15-ounce aerosol provides coverage of up to 50 square feet of lightweight fabric.

By Sandy Vandebult (sandbag) on Monday, November 18, 2002 - 8:50 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
What the hell is a "natural soap"?

Is there a recognisable brand name??

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