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If you’re looking for a new patio umbrella to blanket your patio in cool, restful shade, then you surely have heard of Sunbrella fabric. These solution-dyed acrylic fabrics are the industry standard for durability and quality.

But is that worth paying extra to get a Sunbrella fabric on your umbrella?


Sunbrella fabrics are solution-dyed, which gives them long-lasting durability. What does solution-dyed anyway? It means that the fabric is created wholly as one color (IE dyed while the product is still in its liquid form), so the yarn that is produced is the same color all the way through. If you cut a Sunbrella thread, it would be the same color in the middle as on the outside edges. This means that as your fabric is exposed to the sun, it literally cannot fade, because the underlying fabric is the same color as the outermost fabric.

Cheaper fabrics are surface dyed or surface printed only, so once they have been in the sun for a few weeks or months, the white color of the fabric underneath shows through, making them look faded and worn.

One other little fun fact about Sunbrella (in case you didn’t believe the hype already) is that you can clean it with bleach. YES BLEACH. No one ever believes that. You can clean Sunbrella fabrics with bleach and it will not take the color out.

Case closed, Sunbrella is what you need.