Awning Fabrics -Common Material Types
Awning fabrics are in general made of a canvas which is woven with cotton or polyester fiber, or
polyester fabric laminated with vinyl. Awnings can be used anywhere in your house or business to shade certain
areas from the harsh elements of the weather.
It could be above a door or window or above a patio or along a sidewalk. In businesses, especially in the hotel
and restaurant trade, the awning fabric is used as a name-board or a place to prominently display the signage of
the business. If you add pour pillars, your awning fabric can be converted in to a canopy as well. Thanks to its
flexibility, awning fabrics can be used for other applications. Awning fabric can also be used as
long term tarps and as boat covers as well.
Awning fabric can be purchased in several widths to suit your requirements. In general awning fabrics are
manufactured in 46”, 60” and 80” widths. Due to the advancement of fabric technology, now you can purchase awning
fabric which has been specially treated to be resistant to mildew. And unlike the past awning fabric at present are
water repellent. Some advanced awning fabric contains a special adjustment which protects the skin from harmful
sun’s rays and they have also been awarded the Skin cancer foundation seal of recommendation.
Awning fabrics are easy to clean and care for and can be cleaned while the awning fabric is still on its frame
depending on the size of the awning. Awning fabric can also be taken off its frame and cleaned in a washing machine
as well. One of the easiest and best ways to keep awning fabric in good condition is to just hose the fabrics with
clean water in a regular basis. This will prevent dust and other dirt from settling in to the crevices of the
awning frame. This practice will also reduce the need for vigorous washing thereby keeping the fabric looking new.
If you hose down your awning at least once a month, in most geographical locations and weather conditions, vigorous
cleaning will be required approximately every two or three years.
There are some common rules one should keep in mind during the general cleaning of awning fabrics. It is important
that water should be cold or lukewarm, never very hot. Use a mild soap or detergent, never industrial strength
washing powder or liquids. It is always better to better to air dry awning fabric for longer life. Before you
observe the above rules, make sure you prepare your awning fabric prior to washing. Brush off dust and dirt with a
soft bristled brush. Then hose it down with clean cold or lukewarm water and then apply your cleaning solution.