Outdoor fabrics are designed to endure years of sun, soil and moisture. But the life of your patio furniture fabric largely depends on its care and use. Suntan and sun block products may permanently discolor any fabric. As with any other stain, this possibility can be minimized by immediately cleaning after contact. Molds and mildews grow on dirt and impurities, so it is important to clean your fabrics regularly. In addition, storing your furniture, covering and protecting it from extreme elements will extend its life.

Slings and Straps

Occasionally washing off your sling fabrics with a garden hose and soft bristle brush is your best defense. Slings are designed to allow water and air to flow through for quick drying. Mix a solution of 3 parts warm water with 1 part mild detergent and 1/4 cup of bleach, apply with a soft brush and rinse thoroughly. Do not leave detergent residue in your fabrics or use solvent type cleaners which will cause the yarn to become brittle. To remove stubborn stains or mildew, one quarter cup of bleach can be mixed with the detergent. Spray on entire area and allow to soak in. If necessary, scrub vigorously with a sponge or soft bristle brush. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and air dry. IMPORTANT: Do not use bleach on printed fabrics.

Cushions

Wash briskly with a sponge or soft brush using a solution of mild detergent and warm water. Rinse thoroughly with clean water. Allow to air dry. HINT: Cushions dry faster if they are allowed to stand on their side while drying.