Care & Maintenance

Sunbrella® Marine Fabric

Sunbrella® fabrics should be cleaned regularly before dirt and other substances are allowed to accumulate on and become embedded in the fabric. The fabric can be cleaned without being removed from the installation. Simply brush off any loose dirt, etc; hose down and clean with a mild natural soap in lukewarm water (no more than 100º F.) Rinse thoroughly to remove soap. DO NOT USE DETERGENTS. Allow to air dry.

Sunbrella® Furniture Fabric

Sunbrella® features a soil and stain resistant finish that makes clean-up a breeze. Spot wash by sponging briskly with a soapy solution of mild soap and lukewarm water. Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove soap and air dry. For stubborn stains or suntan lotion, use a fabric spot remover. Follow directions on container. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and air dry. Solution-dyed acrylic does not promote mildew growth. However, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances that are not removed from the fabric. To clean mildew stains, prepare a mild solution of one cup bleach plus two caps full of a mild soap per gallon of water. Spray on entire area and allow to soak in. If necessary, scrub vigorously with a sponge or clean rag. Sponge thoroughtly with clean water and air dry. Note: Bleach will deteriorate the sewing threads so, be sure to keep off the seams whenever possible.

Vinyl Seats

Keep vinyl and foam clean and dry to keep mildew from forming. Each week, wipe vinyl surfaces with a soft damp cloth and towel dry. For general purpose cleaning, use warm water with mild dish soap. Gently scrub with a small, soft bristle brush. Rinse thoroughly and towel dry.

The upholstery on your seats is made to withstand the effects of sun, heat, rain and soiling under normal conditions. While your vinyl is made to withstand the elements, it is important to care for it by keeping it clean at all times. Many substances may stain your vinyl if left on over a period of time. Remember to remove any contaminant and clean vinyl immediately.

Keep your seats in like new condition with quality mooring and/ or seat covers. They’ll keep your boat and furniture dry, protect against UV sunlight degradation, leaf stains, pollen stains, and dramatically reduce your cleaning time! Also note typical plastic tarps don’t provide for ventilation, and may promote mold, mildew or pink staining of your seats.

IMPORTANT: Harsh detergents, abrasives, bleach, and solvents can cause permanent damage to vinyl upholstery.

Mer-Maid's Canvas and Vinyl Cleaner

What should I use to clean my Sunbrella®? If we only had a buck for every time we've been asked that question! After all, what do you use to clean the worlds most popular marine fabric? Soap and water - but what kind and how much? Another buck!

Mermaids Canvas and Vinyl Cleaner was formulated specifically to answer those questions. In fact, we took that extra step and had our cleaner tested and approved for use by Glen Raven Mills, the manufacture of Sunbrella®. It's concentrated for strength and value to deep clean all canvas and vinyl products. Removes mold and mildew unless deeply stained.

Zippers and Snaps

ZippyCool Lubricating Stick is a wax specifically formulated to lubricate all types of metal, coil, and plastic zippers. It will not flake or jam in extreme temperatures and contains no silicone or paraffin.


You should never trailer a boat with the enclosure or bimini top up, the high rate of wind speed can destroy them. The sand, rocks and dirt from the road will scratch the glass and soil the canvas. Mooring covers are just that and should not travel down the road. Even covers designed for travel can be damaged from high winds. Do not use straps across the cover as they can cause chaffing and eventually tear through the cover.


Care & Maintenance
(Note: Revised September 1, 2004)

Information on mainenance is directly from Strataglass

It is extremely important fabricators and vessel & car owners read and understand this information. We request fabricators provide owners a copy of this sheet.

* We recommend using only IMAR Strataglass Protective Polish, IMAR Strataglass Protective Cleaner, and mild soap (preferably IMAR Yacht Soap Concentrate) on Strataglass. (We no longer recommend the use of any other products, regardless of the manufacturer's claims.) Use of harsh cleaners like Simple Green and Orpine will dull the curtains quickly.

* NEVER use a wash+wax product on Strataglass.

- Warning

*Use of RAINEX on Strataglass appears to work for a short time but then dulls the surface and presents an "Orange Peel" effect. Do not use RAINEX.

*Use of cleaners, polishes, scratch removers, or any other product made for regular, uncoated vinyl will damage STRATAGLASS. Do not use these products

* DO NOT HANDLE STRATAGLASS (OR ANY VINYL) WITH SUNSCREEN ON YOUR HANDS! This will permanently cloud the vinyl where handled.

General Maintenance:

When New: 3M Adhesive Remover may be used to remove glue left from fabrication. Final clean with IMAR Strataglass Protective Cleaner. We recommend using IMAR Strataglass Protective Polish as the final step in installation to provide a base of protection and good watershed.

For the customer: We recommend using IMAR Strataglass protective Polish every 2 to 3 months (every 4 to 6 weeks in areas of high fallout). In the interim, use IMAR Strataglass Protective Cleaner frequently.

Note: All new vinyl can easily get impressions in itself. We recommend new enclosures be left in place to the extent possible. If completely removed, enclosures must be interleaved with either acid-free paper (available from framing shops) or old sheets (the best choice) to prevent "pooling" in the glass, vinyl "seasons" over time and becomes less impressionable. Roll all curtains down and fasten in place nightly to keep perfect appearance. (Review at

Cleaning: Flush thoroughly to cool the surface and rinse away environmental abrasives. Wash with IMAR Yacht Soap Concentrate, or other equally gentle and high quality soap. Do not use Simple Green, Orpine or any other harsh cleaner - they will dull the surface. Apply the soapy water to the clear vinyl section of the curtain with special purpose washing mitt or soft cotton cloths. Thoroughly rinse the soapy solution with fresh water and completely dry the curtains with a high quality chamois. ( makes several tools to make these tasks easier.) Your clear vinyl curtains should be washed whenever your boat is washed. After washing the curtains, apply IMAR Strataglass Protective Polish sparingly with small, light circular motions using a soft cotton cloth. Allow the polish to dry and then remove with a clean soft cotton cloth. Finally, lightly buff to a sparkling shine. Done. For routine maintenance between polishing, use IMAR Strataglass Protective Cleaner. Insure the clear vinyl panels are free of abrasives. Very lightly mist a soft cotton cloth. Lightly and briskly rub a manageable sized area and then lightly buff dry with another clean cloth. Done. We recommend using IMAR Stataglass Cleaner at least weekly but it's so fast and easy you may want to do it daily. You'll love the shine.

Restoring: We once recommended a restoration process but extensive experience shows actual damage cannot truly be repaired. If IMAR Strataglass Protective Polish cannot restore the clarity and shine, it may be time to consider replacing the enclosures. Please...Please...use our recommended procedures and products from the beginning.