Originally Posted by EvanStolze
Any tips? My bimini
is badly stained but the cloth itself is still strong. How about soaking it in bleach? It is no longer waterproof anyway, and I plan to take care of that after making it look a little nice.
If you check Sunbrella's web-site, you will find that the material can endure bleach without difficulty. Note, however, that the type of stains will dictate the treatment. Bleach will not remove stains caused by iron oxide for example (rust, blood etc.) For that you will need an acid based cleaner such as "Wink", available at many grocery and hardware
stores. If you choose to use bleach, it can be mixed up and sprayed on the fabric
. Note that bleach can damage the threads used to make the Bimini so one needs not be carries away with its application even tho' the fabric
itself might not be harmed. We have found that mixing up a 2 gallon bucket of warm soapy water
with a quart of unscented bleach will do a nice job of cleaning/stain removing. Once the fabric is well rinsed and dried, apply some 303 waterproofing to both sides to restore the fabric's ability to shead water
and, once that's dried, some Scotchguard to make it somewhat more resistant to dirt/staining.
PS: Note that in the Bay Area, oily soot can be a real problem and the yacht/bimini needs be washed down with a good detergant cleanser quite regularly.