Q: Can I purchase Sunbrella furniture fabrics directly from Glen Raven, Inc.?
A: Glen Raven is a fabric manufacturer and we do not sell Sunbrella directly to consumers. We have established a network of fabric distributors who purchase Sunbrella and sell our fabrics to product fabricators in the awning, marine, and furniture trades.
Q: Where can I get furniture with Sunbrella fabric?
A: You can find the fabric you're looking for on our web-site in the Furniture section (on the left margin) of this site. Simply choose the fabric you are interested in and the details of the available patterns will be visible to you. You can also use the quick search area (top left of page) to search a specific pattern or color.
Q: Can I use Sunbrella on indoor furniture?
A: Absolutely. Sunbrella is now available in thousands of sophisticated styles designed for indoor furniture and is perfect for living rooms, sunrooms, dining rooms or any place in your home. The plush textures of Sunbrella residential fabrics are very different from our traditional canvas products used on outdoor cushions, but they all have the same performance features for which Sunbrella is known. Furniture upholstered or slip covered in Sunbrella fabric will be easy to clean, last a long time, and won't fade in the sunlight.
Q: What makes Sunbrella fabric so durable?
A: Sunbrella is the result of over 50 years of ongoing research and development. Sunbrella's UV-resistant color pigments are fully blended into its high performance fiber. Sunbrella fabric's strength and color refuses to fade even under the harshest conditions, while retaining the softness of spun cotton.
Q: Is Sunbrella furniture fabric waterproof?
A: Because Sunbrella Furniture fabrics are designed to be breathable, they are water repellent, but not completely waterproof. Over time, the water repellency can be refreshed by using 303 High Tech Fabric Guard™.
Q: How often do I need to thoroughly clean Sunbrella?
A: The best way to keep Sunbrella brand fabrics looking good is to simply clean them as needed. Rinse off dust and dirt, wipe spills as soon as they occur or spot clean soon after stains occur. Occasional rainfall will help keep your outdoor furniture clean. Removable cushion covers may be machine-washed in cold water with mild laundry soap and air-dried. For more stubborn stains, Sunbrella fabrics are bleach cleanable.
Q: What about mildew?
A: Mildew will not grow on Sunbrella unless there is food, dirt or other organic matter on the fabric. Keeping Sunbrella clean is the best defense against mildew. Bleach and other mildew removers do not affect Sunbrella, so cleaning mildew is easy if it becomes necessary.
Q: Can I put wet Sunbrella in the dryer?
A: Sunbrella fabrics do not absorb water and are designed to air-dry very quickly - usually within a matter of minutes. A clothes dryer is not necessary, and will often overheat and shrink the fabric.
Q: Do Sunbrella furniture fabrics provide UV protection?
A: Sunbrella furniture fabrics have been tested and proven to prevent up to 98% of the sun's radiation UV protection from passing through the fabric when used in shade applications. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends Sunbrella as an aid in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin.
Certain styles of Sunbrella, including Sheers and Shadow, are engineered to allow some light transmission, and should not be used in shading applications where UV exposure is a concern.
Shade products such as umbrellas may not provide protection from sunlight reflected from surfaces such as water or concrete. Please use shading products featuring Sunbrella as a part of your complete sun protection regimen, including regular use of sunscreen.