Cleaning Solution-Dyed Fabric


To clean solution-dyed fabrics:

  • Brush or vacuum off loose dirt or stains.
  • Prepare a mixture of 1/4-cup of mild, natural soap per gallon of water. Recommended soaps: Dreft, Woolite, Ivory Snow.
  • Rub using a soft bristle brush.
  • Allow soap to soak in.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Air dry.

If stains persist:

  • Prepare a mixture of four ounces (1/2-cup) of chlorine bleach, two ounces (1/4-cup) of natural soap and one gallon of water.
  • Clean with soft bristle brush.
  • Allow mixture to soak for up to 20 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Air dry.
  • Repeat if necessary.

When cleaning solution-dyed fabrics, it is important to use a natural soap, never detergent. Water should be cold to lukewarm and not more than 100 degrees. Always air dry the fabrics and retreat after vigorous cleaning.

As part of the original manufacturing process, solution-dyed fabrics are treated with a fluorocarbon finish, which enhances water repellency and stain resistance. This finish lasts several years, but should be replenished after thorough cleaning. 303 High Tech Fabric Guard is the only treatment recommended for solution-dyed fabrics.

In addition to restoring water repellency, the treatment provides protection against oil-based stains. When applying 303 High Tech Fabric Guard:

  • Allow fabrics to air dry completely.
  • Apply treatment in a thin, even coat.
  • After allowing the first coat to dry, apply a second thin, even coating. Two light coatings are more effective in restoring water resistance than a single, heavy coating.