1. Before cleaning any awning fabric, consult the fabric manufacturer for proper cleaning instructions. 2. Brush off all debris.
3. Clean from the bottom and work up.
4. Gently scrub the awning and valance with a soft bristled brush and a mild dish soap such as Ivory Snow, Dreft or Woolite. 5. Wash all parts of the awning. Missed spots show when dry.
6. Thoroughly and completely rinse awning. Film left on the material will leave marks and a chalky residue.
7. About once a month rinse your awnings down with a garden hose and keep the underside of your awning clean by simply brushing with a clean household broom.
8. Keep shrubbery and vines trimmed away from your awnings, they contain acid that can damage fabric. In addition, check awning frames for rust. Though rust is not likely, it can cause deterioration of the frame and lead to fabric stains.
FOR MILDEW AND STUBBORN STAINS
1 cup chlorine bleach
¼ cup mild soap
1 gallon of water
clean with soft bristle brush
allow to soak in fabric for up to 15 minutes
rinse until all soap residue is removed
allow to air dry
repeat if necessary
RE-TREATING THE FABRIC
As part of the finishing process, fabrics are treated with a fluorocarbon finish which enhances water repellency. This finish is designed to last for several years, but must be replenished after a thorough cleaning. We recommend using 303 High Tech Fabric Guard™ as the preferred treatment. Fabric should be re-treated after a thorough cleaning or after five years of use. For more info visit www.303products.com ( Product is available at Home Depot and Lowe’s ).