CLEANING YOUR AWNING

Patio 500 Cleaning Instructions
Weblon Cleaning Instructions

For Sunbrella® and Sattler® fabrics, follow the instructions & advice below:

One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella® & Sattler® fabrics looking good and to delay the need for deep or vigorous cleanings is to hose fabrics off on a monthly basis with clear water. This practice will help prevent dirt from becoming deeply imbedded in the fabric and eliminate the need for more frequent vigorous cleanings. In most environments, a thorough cleaning will be needed every two to three years. When it’s time for a thorough cleaning, Sunbrella® & Sattler® fabrics can be cleaned while still on an awning frame or a boat or, size permitting, they can be removed for cleaning in a washing machine.

When cleaning these fabrics, it is important to observe the following:

  • Always use a natural soap. Never detergent.
  • Water should be cold to lukewarm. Never more than 100 degrees.
  • Air dry only. Never apply heat to Sunbrella® fabrics.

If you are cleaning Sunbrella® while still on a frame or on a boat, follow these simple steps:

  • Brush off loose dirt
  • Hose down
  • Prepare a cleaning mixture of water and mild, natural soap (no detergents)
  • Use a soft bristle brush to clean
  • Allow soap to soak in
  • Rinse thoroughly
  • Air dry

If stubborn stains persist, you can use a diluted chlorine bleach/soap mixture for spot cleaning of mildew, roof run-off and other similar stains.

Prepare a special cleaning mixture:

  • Four ounces (half cup) of chlorine bleach.
  • Two ounces (one-fourth cup) of natural soap.
  • One gallon of water.
  • Clean with soft bristle brush.
  • Allow mixture to soak for up to 20 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Air dry.
  • Repeat if necessary.

If an awning is suitable in size for a washing machine, these steps should be followed:

  • Use only natural soaps. No detergent.
  • Wash and rinse in cold water.
  • Air dry. Never put Sunbrella® fabrics in your dryer

Sunbrella® & Sattler® fabrics are treated with a fluorocarbon finish that acts as a sealant resistant to water & stains. Sunbrella® & Sattler®  are able to hold up against inclement weather and even most stains. For those occasions when stains may occur below are our recommended cleaning methods for Sunbrella® & Sattler® for some of the most common and toughest stains:

BEER     liquid detergent, white vinegar
BERRY     liquid detergent / ammonia (3-6% water)
BLOOD (DRIED)     detergent / ammonia (3-6% water)
BUTTER     volatile solvent (acetone)
CHARCOAL, PENCIL MARKS     vacuum, then liquid detergent
CATSUP OR MUSTARD     liquid detergent
CHEWING GUM     volatile solvent (acetone)
CHOCOLATE     liquid detergent, ammonia water
COFFEE     detergent, white vinegar, volatile solvent (acetone)
COLA     liquid detergent
CRAYON     paint, oil or grease remover
EGG (RAW)     liquid detergent
GRAPE JUICE     liquid detergent
GRAVY     liquid detergent
GREASE (CAR)     volatile solvent (acetone)
INK (PERMANENT, INDIA, BALLPOINT)     paint remover, volatile solvent (acetone), detergent
IRON RUST     oxalic or citrus acids, water
LIPSTICK     paint, oil or grease remover
MASCARA     paint remover, volatile solvent (acetone), detergent, water
MILDEW     1/2 cup of bleach and 1/4 cup natural soap per gallon of water
MILK     liquid detergent
NAIL POLISH     volatile solvent (acetone)
OIL     volatile solvent (acetone)
ORANGE DRINK     liquid detergent, water
PAINT (LATEX) WET     liquid detergent, water
PAINT (LATEX) DRIED     paint, oil or grease remover
PAINT (OIL OR LACQUER)     paint, oil or grease remover
SHOE POLISH (LIQUID)     volatile solvent (acetone)
SHOE POLISH (WAX)     apply heated iron over towel, volatile solvent (acetone)
SUNTAN LOTION     Pine Power® or pine oil detergent
TEA     liquid detergent
TOMATO JUICE     liquid detergent
TREE SAP     turpentine, liquid detergent
URINE     liquid detergent, white vinegar
VOMIT     detergent, water, white vinegar
WATER COLOR     liquid detergent, water, white vinegar
WAX (CANDLE)     apply heated iron over towel, volatile solvent (acetone)
WINE     liquid detergent / ammonia (3-6% water), white vinegar

 

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