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Off season bimini maintenance question

My boat purchase last fall came with a bimini. First time I've had one and it's great! For off season cleaning, I was planning on soaking it in a tub of mild detergent, rinsing well, and then drying outside. Is there anything I should use to treat the canvas (I assume it's Sunbrella) afterwards?
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Re: Off season bimini maintenance question

303 Protectant. I believe it is the only product endorsed by Sunbrella.
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Re: Off season bimini maintenance question

Woolite. Cold to luke warms water doesnt strip the natural waterproofing

Air dry

303 Protectant
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Re: Off season bimini maintenance question

Agree with Woolite or Downy.
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Or soap. Do not use detergent.
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Re: Off season bimini maintenance question

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Woolite. Cold to luke warms water doesnt strip the natural waterproofing

Air dry

303 Protectant
Everyone--thanks for the tips. I'll lay in a supply of 303, so I'll be ready when the weather warms a bit.
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Re: Off season bimini maintenance question

Just to clarify.. the 303 is to protect and re-waterproof post-cleaning.. to clean the canvas definitely NO detergent.. Woolite is the way to go. No pressure washer either.
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Re: Off season bimini maintenance question

Yes, to 303 and get the fabric guard. They make a vinyl/plastic/rubber/fiberglass protectant as well. Both are great products, so you might want to pick up both.

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Re: Off season bimini maintenance question

Remember that you have to apply 303 Fabric Guard on clean, absolutely dry Sunbrella. The manufacturer also suggests spraying the fabric under a hot sun so it dries properly. I have found that you need to spray a few coats to get the fabric really waterproof. I gave my bimini a good saturating spray with 303 in the sun and followed up with 2 more light mistings (weeks later) to get it fully waterproof.
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Re: Off season bimini maintenance question

Check all stitching and zippers. Lube zippers. Any doubtful stitching have it re-done.
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