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Awning Fabric Maintenance

 

Your awning can make a powerful first impression. Whether its primary use is for signage, aesthetics, or shade, awnings are often the first impression a person will have of your workplace, company or home. To continue making your first impressions a favorable one, keeping your awning clean is crucial. Simple maintenance will not only improve your awnings appeal, it will also protect and significantly increase the life of your awning. The following information will help you get the most out of your new awning…

 

Storing Awning Fabric

 

In South Florida, hurricanes make it a requirement from time to time to store our awnings. Make sure you clean and dry your awnings before you store them. Give them a final brushing to remove all debris. Fold or roll, cover, and store your awning in a cool, dry place. A concrete floor is not a good place to store them.

 

Awning Fabric Cleaning

 

Stains occur when pollution, dirt, bird droppings, mildew and other contaminants are allowed to remain on the surface of an awning for an extended period of time. Contaminants can cause the awning material to weaken and age prematurely. It’s important to clean stains immediately. Plant shrubbery and vines away from the awnings. Many plants contain an acid that may be harmful for your awning. Any paint splatters on fabric will hold dirt and mildew in fabric. This will shorten the life of you awning and void your warranty. An awning that is cleaned regularly is easier and faster to clean than one that is cleaned infrequently. It is important to keep your awning clean by starting a regular cleaning maintenance program.

 

Fabric Cleaning Information


Vinyl/Polyester Laminates

To clean these laminates, use a watering hose to rinse the top and keep the underside of your awning clean by simply brushing with a clean household broom. Do not use high-pressure equipment since this may damage the surface treatments of the vinyl.

 

To remove heavy dirt and stains, wash the awning with a cleaner that is recommended by the manufacturer (see below). Scrub lightly with a soft bristled brush. Make sure you clean all part of the awning. Any missed spots will show when it is dry. Rinse the awning completely. Film left on the material will leave marks and a chalky residue.

 

Acrylics
To clean these laminates, use a watering hose to rinse the top and keep the underside of your awning clean by simply brushing with a clean household broom. This should be done regularly so that dirt does not accumulate in the fabric.

 

To remove heavy dirt and stains, wash the awning with a cleaner that is recommended by the manufacturer (see below). Scrub lightly with a soft bristled brush. Make sure you clean all part of the awning. Any missed spots will show when it is dry. Rinse the awning completely. Film left on the material will leave marks and a chalky residue.

 

Caring for your Sunbrella Fabric


Sunbrella® is made of 100% solution-dyed fiber, which gives it color brightness that is unsurpassed. Being a woven fabric, it breathes and is translucent. It is guaranteed for a period of five years against loss of color or strength from normal exposure conditions including sunlight, mildew, rot and atmospheric chemicals. Sunbrella has a fluorocarbon finish which provides excellent water repellency.

 

  1. Sunbrella fabric should be cleaned regularly before substances such as dirt, roof particles, etc. are allowed to accumulate and become embedded in the fabric. The fabric can be cleaned without being removed from the frame. Simply brush off any loose dirt, roof particles, etc. hose down and clean with a mild soap in lukewarm water (no more than 100° F.) Rinse thoroughly to remove soap. DO NOT USE DETERGENTS!
  2. For stubborn stains, soak the fabric for approximately 20 minutes in a solution of not more than 1⁄2 cup (4 oz.) of bleach and 1⁄4 cup mild soap per gallon of water at approximately 100° F. A non-chlorine bleach is recommended for Sunbrella "Plus" because of the urethane coating. Rinse thoroughly in cold water to remove all of the soap. Note: excessive soaking in bleach can deteriorate sewing threads. This method of cleaning may remove part of the water repellency. If water repellency is a factor, the fabric should receive an application of an air-curing water repellant treatment.
  3. Sunbrella may be dry cleaned, but a water repellant treatment must be applied to the fabric after dry cleaning to reestablish water repellency. Sunbrella is made from 100% acrylic fiber and is thermoplastic or heat sensitive. When washing or cleaning, DO NOT SUBJECT TO EXCESSIVE HEAT as the fabric will shrink. DO NOT STEAM PRESS OR DRY IN ELECTRIC OR GAS DRYERS, but allow to air dry.
  4. In cases where a Sunbrella awning is taken down and stored during the winter season, it should be cleaned, allowed to air dry, and stored in a dry, well-ventilated area. Many fabricators offer a reasonably priced removal, cleaning and storage and rehanging service on a yearly basis.

 

Care of Vanguard® Awning Fabric


Since no material is impervious to all hazards, proper maintenance is important if maximum life of the product is to be realized. The following maintenance suggestions are offered:

 

  1. Keep clean. Occasional hosing will prevent dirt accumulation. Most dirt accumulation can be removed by soap, water and a soft scrub brush. Rinse thoroughly. In extreme cases, most dirt can be removed by applying a full or half strength bleach and brushing softly to thoroughly cover the necessary area. Allow to remain for two to three minutes, then thoroughly hose-rinse, protecting surrounding material or plant growth that might be damaged by bleach.
  2. In areas particularly conducive to mildew, brush away any visible accumulation of dirt on underside. Mildew cannot attack Weblon®, but it can grow on dirt.
  3. Avoid dragging over rough or hard areas that can puncture Weblon fabric or develop frictional heat at the folds.
  4. Do not use barbecue grill under the awning or top or allow any ignited material such as cigarettes on top. Weblon fabric will not support combustion, but it might melt away from a hot coal or a similar heat source.
  5. Material should be thoroughly dry before prolonged storage.
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Do and Don'ts About Awning Fabric Maintenance

 

 

 

Do's

  • Do keep the awnings clean. This is the best protection against mildew. Even on mildew resistant fabric, mildew can grow on accumulated dirt or foreign materials which remain on the top or bottom surface and eventually damage or stain the fabric. Astrup cannot be responsible for such damage.
  • Do wash down your awnings. If they are vinyl coated, brush lightly with a cloth or soft brush. You can use a mild soap, but rinse thoroughly and immediately.
  • Do hose your awning with clean water occasionally, every month or so. We recommend that you do this on a hot, sunny day.
  • Do keep the underside of your awnings clean by simply brushing with a clean household broom.
  • Do keep shrubbery and vines away from the awnings, as many bushes contain an acid which can be harmful to your awnings.
  • Do check the condition of awning frames. Rust is not likely to form, but if it does, it might cause deterioration or staining of the fabric.

 

Don'ts

  • Do not fold or roll the awning in cold temperature.
  • Do not drag your awning across any abrasive surfaces, such as cement, asphalt, or the awning frame.
  • Do not get insect spray on the fabric, as some solutions may impair the water repellency of the fabric and cause staining.
  • Do not allow water to stand on the awnings, causing pocketing and possible stretching.
  • Do not overlook small rips or tears. If a sharp object punctures the fabric, it should be repaired.
  • Do not wash your awnings with a harsh or strong solution, or scrub too vigorously with an abrasive cleaner.
  • Do not force or yank your awnings when raising or lowering them. Do it gradually.
  • Do not cook food or have fires beneath or around the awning.
  • Do not store awnings when damp or wet. Mildew is a fabric's greatest foe and is caused by dampness. Mildew may grow on the surface of a damp awning and permanently stain the fabric.
  • Do not permit leaves, twigs, dirt, etc. to remain on your awnings as they might cause a staining of the fabric.



 


Date Published:2/6/2011




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