Awning Care and Cleaning
- SUNBRELLA® fabric should be cleaned regularly before substances such as dirt, roof particles, etc., are allowed to accumulate on and become embedded in the fabric. The fabric can be cleaned without being removed from the installation. Simply brush off any loose dirt, roof particles, etc., hose down and clean with a mild solution of mild soap in lukewarm water (no more than 100°F). Rinse thoroughly to remove soap. DO NOT USE DETERGENTS! Allow to air dry.
- For more stubborn stains: Soak the fabric for approximately twenty minutes in a solution of no more than ½ cup (4 oz.) of a non-chlorine bleach and ¼ cup (2 oz.) mild soap per gallon of water at approximately 100°F. Rinse thoroughly in cold water to remove all of the soap. Note: Excessive soaking in non-chlorine bleach can deteriorate sewing threads. This method of cleaning may remove part of the water repellency and the fabric should receive an application of an air-curing fluorocarbon water repellent treatment, such as 303 Hi Tech Fabric Guard, if water repellency is a factor.
- SUNBRELLA® may be dry cleaned but a water repellent treatment must be applied to the fabric after dry cleaning to reestablish water repellency. SUNBRELLA® fabric is made of 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. Allow fabric to air dry.
- 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, storage, and re-hanging service on a yearly basis.
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