Can I use a pressure washer?
Yes but not at full power. Be particularly careful if the fabric is old as it may tear. Also, if you have painted graphics on your awning or canopy, the pressure washer may damage them.
Can I wash my awnings in a washer?
Yes if it is made of Sunbrella fabric and provided of course that your washer can handle the size of your awning. Just make sure it is on the gentle cycle and do not use any harsh detergents. Something like Woolite would be good or as mentioned above, the Sunbrella Fabric Cleaner 303 can be used in your washer. If you have multiple awnings, and in particular if they have clinch staples, it is recommended that you wash them separately so that they don’t get tangled together and rip. However, please note that the more you clean your awnings, in particular in a washer, the more likely you will remove the water-repellent coating.
Is there any way I can clean bird droppings off my awning/canopy?
For stains such as bird droppings, roof run-off, pollution, rust, tree, sap, insect stains, etc., here are some products that Sunbrella suggests trying (provided you have Sunbrella fabric): Goo Gone Grease Cutter (a hand cleaner), Greased Lightning or Clean Rite Purple Power. Rub product into fabric allowing it to penetrate. Brush with a soft brush and rinse THOROUGHLY! Repeat if necessary. Sunbrella also has their own ‘Fabric Cleaner 303’ which is a concentrate available in various sizes. We stock small 2 oz bottles that you can purchase and try on a difficult spot you may have. This is also available in sizes up to 1 gallon and is made to be diluted in water. You can even use this in your washer!
How often does it need to be cleaned?
This depends on your environment but in general a thorough cleaning will most likely be needed every two to three years. But as mentioned above, hosing off the fabric on a monthly basis will help to keep it clean longer.
Can I hose down my awning/canopy?
Yes. In particular if you have Sunbrella fabric. It is good to hose off your fabrics off on a monthly basis with clear water. Do this while they are extended on their frames on a sunny day. This practice will help prevent dirt from becoming deeply imbedded in the fabric and eliminate the need for more frequent vigorous cleanings. Just make sure to allow the fabric to air dry when finished.