What is Sunbrella®?
Sunbrella® is the most recognised and trusted indoor and outdoor name in performance fabrics for indoor and outdoor upholstery furniture, awnings and marine applications.
Sunbrella® has been around for over 50 years! They began in the USA in 1961 creating an awning canvas with a substantially longer lifespan than the cotton canvas that was in use. In the mid 1970’s they expanded their product range to include marine and boat textile fabrics. In the early 1980’s they ventured into casual furniture fabrics which provided people the opportunity of turning their outdoor spaces into outdoor living rooms. In 2002 Sunbrella® soft upholstery fabric was born.
Sunbrella® outdoor upholstery fabric is:
UV & Fade Resistant
Many performance fabrics are just regular fabrics that have had a protective finish applied to the surface of the fabric and will easily fade over time.
This applied finish can also wash off over the course of time.
The majority of outdoor fabric manufacturers sell this type of coated fabric designed for outdoor use.
These fabrics are only fade resistant for up to 500 hours of UV sunlight.
They are not made from 100% solution dyed acrylic.
All Sunbrella® soft upholstery and marine grade awning fabrics are made from 100% solution dyed acrylic fabric.
Our Sunbrella fibres are saturated to the core with highly UV stable pigments during manufacturing.
This makes our Sunbrella cushions resistant to fading and the degrading effects of sunlight.
Sunbrella fabrics’ performance characteristics are an integral part of the fabric.
We offer a 5 year warranty against fading from normal use and exposure conditions.
Sunbrella® fabrics are designed to be breathable so they are water repellent but not completely waterproof. If you happen to leave your cushions uncovered during a rainstorm, the rain will bead up and roll off. For prolonged exposure to rain shake or wipe off excess water and leave the cushions out to air dry.
Mould and Mildew Resistant
Sunbrella fabrics are known for their excellent breathablility. With this characteristic they dry quickly outdoors and mould is prevented from forming.
Should exposure to dirt cause mould to occur all Sunbrella fabrics can be safely cleaned with bleach.
To clean, simply brush of dirt and debris before it gets embedded in the fabric.
Mildew grows on dirt, pollen and other organic matter.
Simple routine cleanings will prevent mould and mildew from forming.
Sunbrella® fabric is chlorine resistant and perfect for use around swimming pools.
Because colour goes into the core of the Sunbrella® fibres, Sunbrella® fabric can be cleaned using bleach without losing its colour.
Sunbrella® is also “Greenguard Gold” certified and has aimed to reduce its waste by eliminating waste water from the dyeing process.
Sunbrella® is committed to providing quality fabrics ensuring you are getting a product that lasts longer and needs to be replaced less often, which ultimately, creates less waste.
Waste Water Reduction
Sunbrella’s manufacturing process of their fibres and yarns ensures their fabric and yarn lasts much longer than traditional fabrics creating less waste as they need to be replaced less often due to fading or loss of strength in the fabric fibres creating less wastage for our environment.
Zero Waste to Landfill
Sunbrella’s facilities are focused on minimizing waste and recycling as many materials as possible. Their manufacturing facilities already divert over 90% of waste and they continue to expand their waste minimization efforts going forward.
Sunbrella® upholstery products have been certified to meet the Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX criteria. Sunbrella® does not contain harmful substances.