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Universal Shade Cloth 90%

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Universal 90% shade cloth is a premium brand of shade cloth. It blocks 90% of UV light and is ideal for shading people, pets and for privacy screening. 10 Year UV Warranty. Proven Ironstone™ Brand. 

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Shade Cloth, Domestic Shade Cloth, Commercial Shade Cloth

Ironstone™ shade cloth is a premium grade shade cloth renowned for longevity and quality. Universal 90%+ is an Extra Heavy shade cloth specifically suited to applications where a high shade factor or privacy screening is needed. 

The shade cloth is 200gsm (grams per sq metre) but has a 'tape filler' which gives it the full 90% UV rating without being too heavy in weight. Ironstone shade cloth is well known and sold Australia wide having been designed for the harsh Australian conditions. It is very hard wearing and suitable for a wide range of applications.

Universal 90% is not designed for tension applications such as shadesails but it is perfect for most jobs around the home including for example covering a pegola or providing a privacy screen. 

When you are using Universal 90% for privacy note that lighter colours including Sandstone, Light Grey or Light Green are more effective than dark colours such as Black or Slate. This is because the light coloured fabric reflects back light rather than absorbing it making it more difficult to see through.


  • Extra Heavy Grade Shade
  • Great for privacy screening applications
  • 200 GSM (grams per square metre)
  • 10 Year Manufacturers Warranty against UV degradation
  • 5m, 15m and 30m rolls
  • 1.83 or 3.66 metre wide rolls


  • 1.83m x 5m
  • 1.83m x 30m
  • 3.66m x 30m
  • 1.83m x 15m (Limited colours)
  • 3.66m x 15m (Limited colours)


Black Navy Light Grey Slate
Light Green Dark Green Terracotta Sandstone

Please note: The 90% shade cloth will provide different grades of vision blockage depending on colour, time of day, angle and how much light is showing behind. We do not guarantee 100% vision blockage. Shade cloth is a porous material and you will be able to see through it to an extent. 


When ordering your shade cloth make sure you have all the right accessories to get the job done. These include;


Universal 90% shadecloth is suitable for a wide range of applications around the home and for businesses. The 1.83m rolls are folded in half so they are only 90cm wide when shipped. The 3.66m rolls are also folded in half so they are only 1.83m wide when shipped. If you need a high quality general purpose shade cloth which will last for many years then you can’t go wrong with this product.

You’ll find additional information about this product by using the Tabs at the top of the page. Of course you’re always welcome to call us during normal business hours on Freecall 1800 155 233.

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This product has a 10 Year Warranty

All fabric warranties are pro rata.

How heavy is a roll?

The 1.83m wide x 30m weights approx. 11kgs and the 3.66m wide x 30m weights approx. 22 kgs.

New:  We also offer 15-metre rolls in both 1.8m and 3.66 widths.

Does Universal 90% have eyelets?

Universal 90% does not have eyelets, however, it is manufactured with a selvedge edge therefore if you attach to a fence at regular intervals, it will hold perfectly well.

How do I cut the fabric?

We recommend using a shade cloth cutter. They are available on this website.

Will it fray if I cut it?

No. It is a knitted fabric and uses a lock stitch construction. The cut edge will be raw but it will not unravel.

Is it waterproof?

Universal 90% shade cloth is not waterproof. If you need waterproof shade cloth we stock this product in the same 90% grade in Sandstone and Dark Green, just browse for Waterproof Shadecloth.

Will the colour fade?

The fabric is very colour fast however over the longer term some slight fading can occur when the fabric has been constantly exposed to environments of high UVR.

What’s the difference between Commercial and Domestic Shade cloth?

Domestic shade cloth is made with a tape filler to increase its opacity. This tape filler is knitted into the fabric between the strands of monofilament. Think of monofilament as being like fishing line. When it is knitted together it forms a fabric, in this case, shade cloth.

The difference between domestic and commercial shade cloth is that commercial shade cloth is 100% monofilament (knitted fishing line). It has no tape filler. This makes commercial shade cloth very strong and suitable for use under tension. Domestic shade cloth is not suitable for high tension applications such as shade sails because the tape filler stretches at a different rate to the monofilament. Domestic shade cloth is designed to be spread over a frame work, like a pergola, not tensioned out like a shade sail.

What’s the warranty?

10 Years Pro rata against UV Degradation.

I want to buy it for privacy. Will it completely block out my neighbours?

Shadecloth is designed to reduce the temperature underneath and is a knitted fabric, thus is porous. Accordingly, it will not provide a full visual block, however, visibility is significantly reduced and 90% Universal is certainly the most suitable shade cloth on the market for providing privacy. It is long lasting due to UV stabilisation and is easy to install. 

Customers who need higher levels of screening can use the fabric doubled as long as the fence or attachment points are adequate. This greatly increases its block out. The darker shadecloth absorbs rather than reflects light. With a lighter colour the sunlight is reflected back at your eye and makes it harder to see through, ie, lighter colours are better for privacy.

Note, due to the knitted construction of the fabric along with the selvedge edge eyelets are not necessary as long as the fabric is attached at regular intervals with cable ties, butterfly clips, hog rings or another suitable method.


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