All Marlen Textiles products are finished to resist the growth of mildew. However, it should not be folded and stored while wet. Dirt and animal droppings which can support growth of mildew and result in fabric staining, should be removed periodically by recommended cleaning methods.
Periodic reapplication of AQUA-TITE® GREEN water & stain repellent, or a similar post treatment water repellent, should be done.
The pigmentation in Marlen Textiles' fabrics will not migrate onto upholstery vinyls. If some surface rub-off should occur it can easily be removed with vinyl cleaner of mineral spirits. In areas where vigorous movement of the fabric against a hard surface will occur during use, use of a buffer strip is recommended.
Marlen Textiles' fabrics may be cleaned with a cleaning solution of 4 ounces of bleach and 2 ounces of mild soap mixed in one gallon of warm (100 degree F) water. Do NOT use detergents. Use a soft, bristled brush to lift soil embedded in the fabric surface. Rinse thoroughly with clear water to remove soil and soap residue. After thorough cleaning and drying, water repellency may be reduced. The water repellency can be improved by an application of AQUA-TITE® GREEN water & stain repellent.
In the unlikely event that mold or mildew growth occurs on the fabric, it is recommended to soak the fabric in a solution of water and bleach at a ratio of 40:1 (40 parts water per 1 part bleach). Make sure the entire fabric is submerged in the solution. Let soak for 24 hours. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and let dry. To make sure the solution comes into contact with the entire surface of the fabric please use a large container to soak in. Also, it may be necessary to rotate the fabric in the solution every few hours.
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