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Frequently Asked Questions

Now that you have an awning
here are answers to some questions about their care.

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How do I care and clean my awning?

Sunbrella recommends the fabric should be cleaned regularly before substances such as dirt, roof particles, etc., are allowed to accumulate on and become embedded in the fabric. The fabric can be cleaned without being removed from the frame. Simply brush off any loose dirt, roof particles, etc. Hose down and clean with a mild natural soap in lukewarm water (no more than 100 degrees fahrenheit). Rinse thoroughly to remove soap. DO NOT USE DETERGENTS!

If you have traditional window awning, do not let water stand in the folds of the fabric when awnings are pulled.

We highly recommend utilization of our take down store and rehang service to help protect your investment.
We also offer cleaning service. Call for estimate.

Do I need to do anything special with my retractable awning for winter?

Yes – just retract the awning for the winter!

For extra protection, boots may be made to cover the closed unit (but these are not required).

Bill’s Canvas Shop provides both removal and reinstallation of skirt. In addition, we manufacture and install boots at additional cost.

For added protection, we highly recommend the removal of your valance for  the winter. This reduces the amount of wear and tear the valance receives from winds and other environmental conditions.

Depending on the type of unit, simply remove screws from one of front bar end caps, loosen the fabric locks from the valance (if so equipped) located on both ends of the valance.

Next, slide the valance out of the front bar track, removing both the fabric and black PVC. Roll the valance and store in a dry place.

To install in the spring, reverse the steps.

Can I order matching window awnings for my retractable awning?

Yes, but please contact us to arrange manufacture and installation and ensure fabric is not discontinued.

What fabric should I choose for my golf cart?

All Sunbrella fabrics are designed to stand up to the elements and to resist stains, but awning fabrics have a stiffer finish to help them maintain their shape. This makes them ideal for the golf cart top. Sunbrella upholstery fabrics are softer and more comfortable, yet are fade resistant, durable and easy to clean even with bleach. They are a great choice for your golf cart seating.

Which Sunbrella fabrics should I choose for my boat?

You’ll find Sunbrella fabrics for every boating need above and below deck. We’ve been a top choice for boating enthusiasts for many years because our fabrics are fade and mildew resistant, easy to clean and durable enough to withstand the harsh marine environment.

Above Deck:

We recommend Sunbrella marine fabric for biminis, dodgers, enclosures and sail covers. These fabrics are engineered to withstand the onslaught of the sun, wind, rain and even saltwater spray.

Another option above deck is Sunbrella Plus which has a durable polyurethane undercoating for superior water resistance. It’s available in our 13 best-selling marine solid colors in 60-inch widths.

Sunbrella Plus is ideal for flatter applications where water may collect.

For an elegant look combined with greater water repellency, you may want to consider Sunbrella Supreme. Sunbrella Supreme is constructed by fusing standard Sunbrella marine fabrics as the face to Sunbrella flocking on the reverse side in linen, black or navy. The result is a waterproof fabric with an upscale look.

Below Deck:

Sunbrella upholstery fabrics are ideal for cushions and other decorative touches in the cockpit and inside the cabin. Sunbrella solids, stripes and jacquards will make your boat as inviting and comfortable as your living room at home. These fabrics are not only soft and beautiful, they are also easy to clean, fast drying and resistant to mildew, all important qualities for a comfortable cabin.

Can I dye Sunbrella fabric?

Due to the nature of Sunbrella fiber, it will not accept dyes. Sunbrella is not dyed in the conventional sense that most of us think of dyeing. In fact, we do not use dyes at all. Highly UV-resistant pigments are mixed in before it even becomes a fiber. Fiber is then cut, baled, blended, spun into yarn and woven into fabric.

This solution-dyed process is what makes Sunbrella fade resistant and bleach cleanable.

Can I apply graphics to Sunbrella fabrics?

Yes, you can apply graphics to Sunbrella awning/marine fabrics.