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Awning fabric care, cleaning and maintenance.

Posted on June 8, 2015 at 1:50 AM

Summer is finally here! Time to start using and caring for your awnings. We always recommend using a garden hose once a year on any awning. One of the best ways to keep awning fabrics looking good and to delay deep or vigorous cleaning is to properly maintain the fabrics. This can be accomplished by simply brushing off dirt before it becomes embedded in the fabrics, wiping up spills as soon as they occur or spot cleaning soon after stains occur. Here are a few simple tips from Sunbrella to keep your awnings looking their best every year.

General or Light Cleaning

To clean Sunbrella fabric while still on an awning frame:

  1. Brush off loose dirt.
  2. Hose down.
  3. Prepare a cleaning solution of water and mild soap such as Woolite or Dawn dishwashing liquid.
  4. Use a soft bristle brush to clean.
  5. Allow cleaning solution to soak into the fabric.
  6. Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue is removed.
  7. Air dry.
  8. May not require re-treatment depending on the age of the fabric.

If stubborn stains persist, you can use a diluted bleach/soap mixture for spot cleaning of mildew. For roof run-off or other similar stains a strong degreaser may be required. Below is a guide to stain removal from Sunbrella. At Shade One Awnings we exclusively use Sunrella for all custom fabric awnings.


BerryCombine 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid and 1/2 cup - 1 cup white vinegar per 1 gallon water.Upholstery cleaner such as Resolve®
Bird droppings
Catsup or Mustard
Coffee
Cola
Egg (raw)
Grape Juice
Milk
Tea
Combine 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid per 1 gallon water.Upholstery cleaner such as Resolve®
Beer
Food Color
Urine
Vomit
Combine 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid and 1/3 cup white vinegar per 1 gallon water.Upholstery cleaner such as Resolve®
Butter
Grease
Oil
Paint Wet/Dried
(latex, oil, lacquer)
Salad Dressing
Shoe Polish
(liquid)
Suntan Lotion
Tomato Juice
Tree Sap
Apply cornstarch as an absorbent, remove excess with a straight edge, clean up residual with dishwashing liquid and water.Upholstery cleaner such as Resolve® or strong degreaser
Blood (dried)Combine 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid and 1/2 cup - 1 cup ammonia per 1 gallon water.Hydrogen peroxide and upholstery cleaner such as Resolve®
Charcoal, pencil marksVacuum, then clean with 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid per 1 gallon water.Upholstery cleaner such as Resolve®
Chewing GumTreat with isopropyl alcohol. Then clean with 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid per 1 gallon water.Upholstery cleaner such as Resolve®
ChocolateCombine 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid and 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide per 1 gallon water.Upholstery cleaner such as Resolve®
CrayonTreat with isopropyl alcohol. Then clean with 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid per 1 gallon water.Carbona™ Stain Devils for Ink and Crayon
Ink (india, ballpoint)
Nail Polish
Treat with volatile solvent (acetone 100%). Then clean with soap and water and rinse thoroughly.Upholstery cleaner such as Resolve®
Iron RustTreat with CLR® and rinse thoroughly.Rust remover such as CLR®
Kool-AidCombine 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid per 1 gallon water and rinse thoroughly.Upholstery cleaner such as Resolve®
MildewCombine 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid and 1 cup bleach per 1 gallon water.No commercial cleaner recommended. A stronger percentage of bleach may be necessary for severe mildew.
Shoe Polish (wax)Apply heated iron over towel. Apply cornstarch as an absorbent, remove excess with a straight edge, clean up residual with dishwashing liquid and water.Upholstery cleaner such as Resolve®
Wax (candle)Apply heated iron over towel. Treat with isopropyl alcohol. Then clean with 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid per 1 gallon water.Wax remover such as Car- bonaTM Stain Devils for Glue, Gum, and Nail Polish
WineCombine 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid, 1/3 cup white vinegar and 1/2 cup - 1 cup isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide per 1 gallon water.Upholstery cleaner such as Resolve®

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