Since its inception in 1961, Sunbrella has been a pioneer in textiles, introducing cutting-edge technologies that have accelerated the forward motion of fabrics. With a craftsman’s blend of practical performance characteristics and distinguishing design details, Sunbrella combines form and function across every fiber, yarn, and fabric. Sunbrella textiles boast expertly engineered built-in performance properties and an unwavering commitment to sustainability to deliver an array of comfortable, durable and stain-resistant fabrics that are easy to care for, bleach cleanable, and long-lasting—critical benefits in today’s environment.
Performance Engineered to the Core
Ensuring minimal maintenance and enduring strength, Sunbrella performance extends beyond the fabric’s finish. “Sunbrella fabrics are solution-dyed with what we call our “color to the core technology”, which means that the color will not fade through consistent use or exposure,” says Greg Rosendale, Sunbrella Director of Distribution and A&D. “Our performance is engineered down into the very fibers with a proprietary blend that is completely saturated with color.” Sunbrella’s solution-dyed performance properties pledge resistance to wear, chemicals and UV light. While many other performance materials simply provide a surface finish that progressively degrades with each use, Sunbrella fabrics maintain their integrity over a long lifespan. “Some other performance fabrics are merely a finish, which will wear off over time and when exposed to repeated use or cleaning,” adds Rosendale. “This is not the case with Sunbrella. You can place our fabric in direct sunlight or repeatedly clean it with bleach and the color will stay true.” The subtle nuances of Sunbrella’s opulent colorways will endure with steadfast strength through normal wear, exposure to natural light and the elements, and frequent cleaning with chemicals.
Easy to Clean and Sanitize
The current environment has increased awareness of health and hygiene and created greater cognizance of cleanliness when it comes to the surfaces and spaces that surround us. As such, it has become increasingly important to carefully consider cleanability when making material selections. “With the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have become more aware of the things we touch and how we can disinfect them to protect those we care about” says Sunbrella Sr. R&D Manager, Patrick Hawks. “Current CDC guidelines call for cleaning with soap and water, followed by disinfecting with chemicals that might damage other fabrics. However, Sunbrella fabrics are engineered so they can be cleaned and sanitized with these chemicals without impacting the fabrics’ look or performance, and without voiding our comprehensive and industry-leading warranty. Sunbrella fabrics are proven to withstand repeated cleaning with common disinfectants such as chlorine bleach and other chemicals without fear of color loss or degradation.” To further support customers in this important area, Sunbrella has a robust Technical Services team as part of Sunbrella Care to aid with cleaning questions.
Addressing the ever-increasing importance of safe and sustainable practices, the manufacturing of Sunbrella fabric is rooted in environmental awareness. “At Sunbrella, sustainability and safety are not buzzwords—they are central values that define the approach we take toward creating fabrics that are durable, cleanable, and retain their color over time,” says John Gant, Director of Sustainability at Sunbrella. “The ultimate result is what we believe to be the utmost example of sustainability: a long-lasting product that stands up to everything from stains to the weather and needs to be replaced less often with fewer resources, reducing waste over time.”
Woven in mills that maintain a constant commitment to sustainable practices, Sunbrella fabrics meet multiple certifications. Contributing to healthy indoor air quality, Sunbrella upholstery fabrics are GREENGUARD Gold certified, REACH compliant, and have achieved OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 and Facts Silver Certifications. Sunbrella shade fabrics carry the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation for safe and effective sun protection. Moreover, Sunbrella’s Anderson, South Carolina manufacturing facility has been third-party verified to meet the ISO 14001 Environmental Management standard. “It’s not just about what we make but also how we make it,” adds Gant. “That’s why we’ve invested heavily in sustainable production processes that minimize waste. For example, Glen Raven owns and operates solar arrays at the plants in Anderson and in Norlina, North Carolina. They collectively generate 1.5 megawatts of energy–capable of producing enough energy to power over 150 homes. Additional initiatives include sending zero waste to landfill and wastewater reduction.”
Setting standards across performance, cleanability, and sustainability, Sunbrella offers pioneering proprietary formulations with cutting edge and eco-conscious innovations. Offered in an extensive array of appealing aesthetics, Sunbrella fabrics provide unparalleled color retention, cleanability, and strength that lasts. And Sunbrella stands behind that performance promise with the industry’s most comprehensive upholstery warranty, guarantying against not only loss of color or strength but also pilling and abrasions.