When sewing heavy vinyl fabric, feeding it through a sewing machine can be difficult due to its weight and stickiness. To aid in sewing, use polyester batting underneath the fabric. It will make it easier to feed the vinyl through.
Keeping awnings and other outdoor shades clean and bright requires regular cleaning, even if your awnings are made with high-quality outdoor fabric from brands like Sunbrella® or Dickson®. Depending on how routine your cleaning practices are, the climate and conditions where your awnings are located, and the type of awning fabric involved, a thorough cleaning may be as easy as using a soft brush and mild soap. Sometimes more vigorous methods and tools may be required.
At Trivantage, we approach awning fabric cleaning in a holistic way, since clean fabric is more easily maintained and longer lasting. For a directory of brand-specific cleaning guides, visit our Care and Cleaning webpage.
Click here to access a more detailed PDF version of the above, containing general instructions for cleaning select awning, marine, and industrial fabrics. Read on to learn about specific cleaning instructions for different types of awning fabrics. .
Awnings & outdoor shades made with Sunbrella, Dickson, or another acrylic shade fabric benefit from regular light cleaning. A more detailed version of the Sunbrella Awning Fabric cleaning instructions can be found here.
While the fabric is still on the awning frame, brush off any loose dirt or debris. Soak the fabric with a cleaning solution of mild soap like Dawn® dishwashing liquid and water, then clean with a soft bristle brush. Rinse thoroughly after cleaning so all soap residue is removed. Allow the fabric to air dry.
Whether you’re working with residential or commercial awnings, polyester awnings & outdoor shade fabric, like FIRESIST®, benefit from regular cleaning treatments. Fabric that is flame-retardant or flame-resistant requires consistent maintenance to maintain integrity and performance.
First, brush off all loose dirt and debris. Next, hose the awning fabric down. Dilute a mild dishwashing liquid in clean, lukewarm water. With a soft bristle brush or soft cloth, clean the fabric with the cleaning solution. Allow the soapy mixture to soak fully into the fabric. Rinse with clean water until no more soap residue remains. Allow to air dry.
For stubborn stains, dried grime, or bird droppings, try the following:
Gently scrape off any hardened or stubborn material present on the fabric, removing large pieces while loosening the rest for removal. Make a cleaning solution of 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing soap to two cups of cold water. With a clean color-fast cloth, sponge at the stain with the cleaning solution. Blot at it until the fabric is saturated with liquid. Rinse. Continue to blot, saturate, and rinse until the stain disappears.
When cleaning PVC-coated or PVC-laminated vinyl fabric, use a neutral liquid detergent in a clean water solution. Adjust the solution — and the temperature of the water — to how difficult the cleaning project appears to be.
The purpose of this guide is to give fabricators some general guidelines and product information.
This guide should not be considered as the sole source of information on cleaning upholstery fabric. This guide is strictly informational.
Please reach out to your local customer care team for more guidance.