Sunsetter woven acrylic fabrics are made of 100% solution-dyed acrylic fiber and have a special finish that delays the formation and accumulation of dirt. To preserve this finish, cleaning of the fabric must include the following.
- Thoroughly remove the dust from the dry awning fabric by vacuum cleaning, gently beating, or brushing.
- Then clean with prolonged spraying of lukewarm water and a mild soap while gently brushing. Rinse thoroughly to remove soap.
For more stubborn cases, a general solution of no more than 1/2 cup (4 oz.) of bleach and 1/4 cup (2 oz.) of mild soap per gallon of water is normally recommended. Do not leave this mixture on the fabric for more than 20 minutes. Rinse the fabric thoroughly with cold water to remove all of the mixtures.
Caution: Bleach can deteriorate sewing threads. The fabric should be rinsed thoroughly to remove all of the soap. This method of cleaning may remove part of the water repellency of the fabric. Therefore, if water repellency is important, the fabric afterward should receive an application of any air curing fluorocarbon water repellent treatment, such as 303 High Tech Fabric Guard.
Applying 303 High Tech Fabric Guard
303 should be applied to Sunsetter woven acrylic fabrics after each thorough cleaning, which typically removes the original finish and reduces the fabric’s water repellency.
- Allow the clean fabric to completely air dry.
- Apply 303 Fabric Guard in a well-ventilated area following instructions on the container.
- Apply 303 in a thin, even coat and allow the fabric to dry completely.
- Apply a second thin, even coating of 303. Note: Two light coatings are more effective in restoring fabric water resistance than a single heavy coating. A 15-ounce bottle provides coverage of up to 50 square feet of fabric. For more information, please on 303 products, click here.
Caution: If an awning is retracted while wet, open it as quickly as possible and allow the fabric to dry. Although the fabric is mold, mildew, and rot-resistant, this procedure is necessary because atmospheric pollution deposits on the surface of the fabric can mold and mildew under damp conditions.
Protecting the Sunsetter Laminated Fabric From Mildew
If is necessary to roll the awning up wet, be sure to extend it out to dry when the weather is better. While the awning fabric itself won’t mildew, note that mildew can form on the dust and dirt allowed to accumulate on the fabric. If the fabric is rolled up and stored when wet, the moisture will promote the formation of mildew. Do not use caustic cleaners.
Cleaning the Laminated Fabric
Cleaning the awning regularly with mild soap and water will extend the life of the fabric and prevent the formation of mildew. Call 800-670-7071 to order a Sunsetter Cleaning and Maintenance Kit.
Caring for Sattler Fabrics
Care & Cleaning
Our fabrics are designed for outdoor use. To keep your fabric looking its best, we recommend cleaning the fabric at the first signs of dirt or stains.
For routine maintenance of your fabrics, we recommend cleaning each spring season.
1. Remove loose dirt with soft bristle brush or hose down with cold water.
2. Clean with mixture of water and mild soap. Rub in mixture with soft brush and allow to thoroughly soak into the fabric.
3. Rinse thoroughly with cold water and air-dry.
4. Never use water over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not machine-dry. For light cleaning, avoid the use of detergents.
1. Before bleach cleaning, make sure fabric is dry and has been vacuumed, and that space is ventilated.
2. Prepare a 10% bleach solution in water.
3. Test the solution in an inconspicuous location first before applying over the rest of the fabric.
4. Apply the cleaning solution using a misting spray bottle.
5. Work the solution into the affected area by lightly scrubbing the area with a sponge or soft bristle brush. Make sure to work from the outside of the stain inward so as not to spread the stain and rinse your sponge or brush frequently.
6. Allow cleaning solution to linger on the stain no more than 1 hour.
7. Rinse thoroughly to remove all residual bleach from the fabric.
8. Allow fabric to air dry.
9. Repeat process if necessary.