Cleaning Instructions For Vinyl-Coated Fabrics

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Cleaning vinyl-coated awnings is an important part of maintaining the look and functionality of your outdoor space. Vinyl-coated awnings are designed to be durable and withstand the elements, but they still need regular cleaning to keep them looking their best.

When it comes to cleaning vinyl-coated awnings if you’re just cleaning dusty or lightly soiled vinyl surfaces, use a damp cloth to wipe clean. If there is a bit more to clean, you want to use mild detergents that won’t damage the fabric or leave behind any residue. A good option is warm water mixed with dish soap or laundry detergent. You can also use a specialized cleaner specifically made for canvas and other fabrics if you prefer. Avoid using harsh chemicals like bleach as this can cause discoloration and weaken the material over time.

Apply cleaner by spraying directly to the surface or by applying with a rag, sponge, mop, soft-bristled brush or similar cleaning aid. Rub gently until clean. Badly soiled areas may require scrubbing with a non-damaging brush. Follow cleaning with a clean water rinse.

Check the condition of the awning frames. Rust is not likely to form, but if it should, it might cause deterioration or staining of the fabric. Avoid the use of abrasive cleaners, steel brushes, steel wool, chlorinated bleaches, or solvents. Keep the underside of the awning clean by brushing it with a household broom. Keep shrubbery and vines away from the awning. Many of these plants contain certain acids which harm the fabric.

If you notice stubborn stains on your vinyl-coated awning that don’t come out with normal washing, try spot-treating them with a small amount of rubbing alcohol before rinsing again thoroughly afterward. This should help remove most marks without damaging the fabric itself too much in comparison to harsher chemical cleaners which could potentially ruin its appearance permanently if used incorrectly or excessively applied over time.

Make sure to dry your awnings thoroughly, as mildew may grow on the surface of a damp or wet awning and permanently stain the awning.

Here are a few important things you should not do:

  • Do not use high-pressure water jets on flexible vinyl surfaces.
  • Do not spray insect repellant over fabric. Some solutions will cause staining.
  • Do not use charcoal grill beneath the awning.
  • Do not permit leaves, twigs, pine needles, etc. to remain on your awning.
  • Do not drag your awning across abrasive surfaces, as cement, asphalt or the awning frame.
  • Do not allow water to stand on the awnings, causing pocketing, stretching and staining.
  • Do not force or yank your awning when raising or lowering them. Do it gradually.
  • Do not store awnings when damp or wet.

Click here if you’re looking for instructions on how to clean canvas awning fabrics.

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