Awning Cleaning Guide

Instructions for Cleaning Your Awning

Awnings are generally low maintenance but should be lightly cleaned by rinsing the cover once a month with a garden hose on a bright sunny day. It is important to keep dirt, leaves and other debris from accumulating on your awning. Keeping shrubbery and vines off your awning is essential to the overall look and life of your awning.


Below are some recommended cleaning instructions for standard materials used throughout the awning industry and some general Do’s and Dont’s for maintaining your awnings.


– Do keep your awnings clean
– Do keep shrubbery, trees and vines away from the awning cover
– Do check the condition of your frame. While rust is not likely to form, if it does, it could discolor the awning cover. Treat rust spots immediately by sanding, priming, and re-painting.


– Don’t clean your awnings with high pressure equipment
– Don’t drag your awning cover across abrasive surfaces such as concrete or asphalt
– Don’t get insect spray on the awning cover
– Don’t allow water to stand or pocket on your cover
– Don’t cook food or keep fires under your awning
– Don’t store awning covers dirty or wet
– Don’t permit twigs or leaves to collect on the awnings as they might discolor the cover

Vinyl/Polyester Laminates
Coastline Plus®, Patio 500®, Vanguard®, UltraShade®, Veranda®, Innovative®, Ferrari®


Vinyl laminated polyester fabrics are manufactured by sandwiching a polyester mesh material between two layers of vinyl using heat and adhesive. These fabrics resist rot, mildew and fading. In addition, most are flame retardant, waterproof and easy to clean and maintain.


Regular rinsing of the top, and underside of the awning with a garden hose will help keep dirt and roof particles from soiling your awning. (We do not recommend cleaning with high pressure equipment. High pressure cleaning may damage the surface treatments or the vinyl itself.)


To remove dirt and light stains, gently wash the awning with mixture of mild detergents and lukewarm water. Using a soft bristled brush or common rag, gently scrub the awning cover and thoroughly rinse. For tough stains, apply a 50/50 mixture of common bleach and water by gently scrubbing with a soft bristled brush. It is extremely important that the affected and surrounding areas are thoroughly rinsed.

Sunbrella®, Sunbrella Firesist®, Diklon®, Coastguard®


Made from 100% acrylic fiber, these fabrics are resistant to fading, mildew, rot and atmospheric chemicals. Acrylics are “solution dyed” for unsurpassed color brightness. Since they are woven fabrics, they breathe and are translucent.


Acrylics should be cleaned regularly before substances such as dirt and roof particles are allowed to accumulate and embed in the fabric. The fabric may be cleaned without being removed from the awning frame.


Acrylics may be dry cleaned, but a water repellent treatment must be applied after dry cleaning. Since acrylics are from man-made acrylic fiber, they are “thermoplastic”, or heat sensitive. DO NOT SUBJECT TO EXCESSIVE HEAT, as the fabric will shrink. DO NOT STEAM PRESS OR DRY IN ELECTRIC OR GAS DRYERS, but allow to air dry.


To remove dirt and light stains, gently wash the awning with a mixture of mild detergents and lukewarm water. Using a soft bristled brush, gently scrub the awning cover and thoroughly rinse. For tough stains, use a mixture of 1:4 common bleach & 1:10 mild detergent to water. Apply the cleaner, allow to sit for a few minutes and gently scrub with a soft bristled brush and rinse thoroughly.


If the cleaning instructions above are not successful, contact a local awning professional or the manufacturer for more detailed cleaning information. Generally, harsh chemicals like degreasers or alcohol-based substances are not suggested. It is highly recommended that a power washer should not be used to clean fabric as the water pressure near the tip can tear a hole in the fabric. This is especially true on older fabrics that are ‘stiff’ to the touch.


If you are cleaning the cover and removing it for storage, be sure to allow ample time for the cover to fully dry prior to folding and stowage. Awning covers should be kept in a controlled environment and never left exposed to the elements.

A fixed awning’s frame cannot be deployed from a stowed position and vice versa. A movable awning can be stowed against the building to which it is attached The standard lateral arm/retractable awnings and horizontal bow awnings are examples of a movable awning.

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