Fabric Care

Protect Your Investment, Keep Your Awnings Clean To Prevent Mildew

Dickson and Sunbrella Care

  • SUNBRELLA® and DICKLON32® 100% acrylic fabrics should be cleaned regularly before substance such as dirt, roof particles, etc., are allowed to accumulate on the and become embedded in the fabric. The fabric can be cleaned without being removed form 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 40 degrees Celsius.) Rinse thoroughly to remove soap.

*** DO NOT USE DETERGENTS!

  • For stubborn stains, soak the fabric for approximately twenty minutes in a solution of no more than 1/2 cup (4 oz.) of bleach and 1/4 cup (2 oz.) of natural soap per gallon of water at approximately 40 degrees Celsius.
  • A non-chlorine bleach is recommended for fabrics with a urethane coating. Rinse thoroughly in cold water to remove all of the soap.

Note: Excessive soaking in bleach can deteriorate sewing threads.

  • This method of cleaning may remove part of the water repellency and the fabric should receive an application of an air-curing water repellent treatment, such as APCO, UNISEAL, SUNSEA

Tempotest Care

TEMPOTEST® by PARA® fabrics have been specially treated with Teflon®, a product which avoids the build up of dirt.

  • It is advised to remove dirt from a dry awning with a broom or vacuum cleaner.
  • Wash with warm water (40 degrees Celsius) and mild soap for tough dirt.
  • Remove grease stains with trichloroethylene.
  • Never use any other chemical product.
  • Due to folds during sewing and make-up, Acrylic fabrics treated with the flourorated resin finish can present some scratches visible against bright light due to light refraction.
  • This effect is particularly noticeable on light coloured fabrics. Such scratches are also known as “cobwebs”, are not a fault and, as they are inevitable, they can not be contested.