Maintaining & Cleaning Retractable Awnings with Tempotest or Sunbrella Fabric

August 2023

Retractable awnings not only provide shade and protection against the elements but also a a touch of elegance to your outdoor spaces. If you have chose awnings made with Tempotest or Sunbrella fabric, known for their durability and fade resistance, you’ve made an excellent choice. To ensure that your awnings remain in pristine condition and extend their lifespan, regular maintenance and cleaning are essential! In this blog,, we will walk you through some expert tips on how to keep your retractable awnings with Tempotest or Sunbrella fabric looking brand new.

To start, it’s important to take proactive steps and conduct regular maintain of your retractable awning:

a. Visual Inspections: Regularly inspect your awning, checking for any signs of wear, tear, or loose components. Addressing issues promptly will prevent further damage and keep your awning in excellent shape.

b. Adjustments: Keep an eye on the tightness of the fabric and ensure proper tension and alignment to maintain optimal function and appearance.

c. Remove Debris: Sidestep potential problems by removing leaves, dirt, and other debris from the awning fabric. A gentle brush or blower at a low setting can effectively remove loose particles, preventing staining and damage.

Cleaning the Fabric:

a. Gather Cleaning Tools: Start by gathering the necessary tools, including a soft-bristle brush or sponge, mild soap, a water hose with a nozzle attachment, and a bucket.

b. Pre-Rinse: Remove loose dirt from the awning fabric by rinsing it thoroughly with water from top to bottom. This step assists in revealing dirtier areas that require extra attention.

c. Cleaning Solution: Dilute the mild soap in a bucket of water. Dip the soft-bristle brush or sponge into the solution, and gently scrub the stained areas in a circular motion.

d. Rinse Thoroughly: Rinse the fabric, ensuring that no soap residue is left behind. Start from the top and allow the water to flow down, keeping the fabric taut, so water does not pool.

e. Allow to Dry Naturally: Retract awning and let it air dry fully before returning it to its extended position. Avoid storing the awning until it is completely dry to prevent the development of mold or mildew.

Additional Tips and Precautions: To maintain the longevity and appearance of your awning, consider the following tips:

a. Be Mindful of Weather Conditions: Retract your awnings during strong winds, heavy rains, or storms to prevent potential damage to the fabric or mechanisms.

b. Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Use only mild soaps or cleaners specifically designed for awning fabrics. Harsh chemicals or bleach can compromise the protective coating and fade the fabric.

With proper care and regular maintenance, your retractable awning made with Tempotest or Sunbrella fabric will continue to enhance your outdoor space for years to come. The key is to be proactive, conduct regular inspections, and follow the correct cleaning procedures. By doing so, you can keep your awning looking brand new and preserve their functionality and aesthetic appeal.

With good care and maintenance, you can generally expect retractable awning frames to last for over 20 years. For the best conditions, we advise people to replace the fabric every 10 years.

Reach out to speak to our shade experts at Massachusetts Awning by calling 508-736-4874 and get a free estimate for your awning today!