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Outdoor Curtain Cleaning Tips

If this is your first set of outdoor curtains, don't be worried about durability: these are not your standard fabrics. Today's outdoor curtain fabrics are more durable and stylish than ever, thanks to material advances that enhance their UV blocking abilities and fade resistance. Water and mildew resistant patio curtains can withstand rain and sun without losing their color or form.

Remember this tip when caring for your outdoor curtains: Mildew does not grow on outdoor treated fabrics. It grows on dirt and debris on the fabrics. Keep your outdoor curtains clean per manufacturer’s instructions and you won’t have mildew. One of the best ways to keep your outdoor curtains looking good and to delay deep or vigorous cleaning is to properly maintain the fabrics. This can be accomplished by simply brushing off dirt before it becomes embedded in the fabrics, wiping up spills as soon as they occur or spot cleaning soon after stains occur.

All of our outdoor curtains are made from fabrics that are stain-resistant, which means any surface stain should come out with minimal effort. Refer to the cleaning guide below:

General or Light Cleaning

• Brush off any loose dirt.

• Prepare a cleaning solution of 2 ounces (1/4 cup) mild detergent, such as Woolite or Dawn dishwashing liquid, per gallon of lukewarm water.

• Use a sponge or a soft bristle brush to clean.

• Allow cleaning solution to soak into fabric.

• Rinse thoroughly to remove all detergent residue.

• Allow fabric to air dry

Spot Cleaning

• Apply a light mist of mild detergent and water using a spray bottle.

• Work the solution into the stain by lightly scrubbing the area with a sponge or very soft bristle brush.

• Rinse thoroughly to remove all detergent residue.

• Blot excess moisture with a clean, soft towel or sponge.

• Wet-vacuum or blot excess water.

• Air dry, repeat steps 3 and 4 until all detergent residue is removed.


• Soak fabric in a solution of 1/4 cup mild detergent per gallon of lukewarm water.

• Use a sponge or a soft bristle brush as necessary.

• Rinse thoroughly to remove all detergent residue.

• Air dry.

All of our outdoor curtain can be machine washed using a standard mild detergent. We strongly suggest washing your outdoor curtains in cold water only. Do not machine dry your outdoor curtains, this may shrink your curtains. Air-dry your outdoor curtains only.

To clean mildew or other stubborn stains on our Sunbrella or WeatherSmart fabrics a bleach solution may be used. We strongly advise against using this bleach solution with any of our polyester curtains because it may negatively affect the color.

• Prepare a solution of 8 ounces (1 cup) of bleach and 2 ounces (1/4 cup) of mild detergent per gallon of clean water.

• Spray on entire area and allow to soak into the fabric for 15 minutes.

• Remove stain with a sponge, clean towel or very soft bristle brush.

• Rinse thoroughly to remove all detergent residue.

• Allow fabric to air dry.

When using a bleach solution, protect the area around your Sunbrella or WeatherSmart fabric, bleach may discolor other fabrics. Always rinse the fabric thoroughly to completely remove bleach. If the fabric has some wrinkling, you can use an iron only on the synthetic setting. As some irons exceed the recommended 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.

DO NOT dry clean Sunbrella or WeatherSmart fabrics.

For Outdoor Curtains made with Sunbrella Fabric, they 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. We recommend 303 High Tech Fabric Guard as the preferred re-treatment product for Sunbrella fabrics. Fabrics should be re-treated after thorough cleaning or after five years of use.


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