Benefits of Awnings & Canopies
Frequently Asked Questions
Design Loads for Awnings & Canopies
Fabric Cleaning Instructions
Technical Information - Awning Frames
Technical Information - Fabric
General Cleaning Tips for Awnings:
Remember awnings may be cleaned without first being removed from the
Clean awnings regularly before substances can accumulate and work
their way into the fabric.
Awnings are generally low maintenance. Try washing your awning once a
month with a garden hose on a 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 your awning.
Never in any circumstances use a grill under an awning.
Remember to clean and dry your awning completely before storing.
If your awning is torn accidentally, call BH Awning & Tent for
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
To remove dirt and light stains, gently wash the awning with a
mixture of natural soap and lukewarm water. (Do not use detergent.)
Use a soft bristle brush and gently scrub the awning cover.
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. Simply brush off the loose dirt, hose down and clean with a
mild natural cleaner in lukewarm water (no more than 100F). Rinse
thoroughly to remove cleaner. (DO NOT USE DETERGENTS).
Another method of cleaning more stubborn cases is to soak the fabric
for approximately 20 minutes in a solution of no more than 1/2 cup (4
oz.) Clorox, and 1/4 cup (2 oz.) natural soap per gallon of water at
approximately 100F. Rinse thoroughly in cold water to remove all of
the soap. (Note: Excessive soaking in Clorox may deteriorate sewing
threads.) This method of cleaning may also remove part of the water
repellency. The fabric should receive an application of an air-curing
water repellent treatment if water repellency is a factor.
Acrylics may be dry cleaned, but a water repellent treatment must be
applied after dry cleaning. Since acrylics are from manmade 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.