Tips For Taking Good Care Of Your New Canvas Canopy

Posted on: 24 May 2021

If you need more shade in your yard so you can enjoy outdoor activities, consider installing a canvas canopy. Some canopies are large and installed permanently while others are smaller and can be stored when you're not using them. No matter what type of canvas canopy you buy, it has to be cared for properly so it lasts a long time and holds on to its beauty. Here are some tips for canvas canopy care.

Never Store A Canopy When It's Wet

If you have a temporary or portable canopy, always make sure it's dry before you fold it and stow it away. If the material has dampness, mildew will grow. If you don't take the canopy out for several days or weeks, the canopy might be ruined due to mold and mildew.

Small amounts of mildew can be removed with a solution of bleach and water, but the bleach might also remove color from the canopy and affect its appearance, so it's best to avoid mildew by letting the canvas dry out completely before you store it.

Hang the canopy on a clothesline or prop it up so there is air circulation as well as sunlight all around the canvas. This allows the material to dry thoroughly without any areas of dampness.

Wash The Canvas With Mild Soap

Read the instructions that come with your canopy regarding the type of cleaning products to use. The manufacturer might recommend a specific brand of dish soap, laundry detergent, or canvas cleaner to use on your canopy. Using the right cleaning products helps the colors stay vibrant longer and reduces the risk of fabric damage.

You can wash a canvas canopy with a soft-bristled brush, garden hose, or pressure washer on the low setting. Washing periodically removes pollution, pollen, bird droppings, dust, and leaf debris that could stain the fabric. Plus, a clean canopy is more attractive than one that has dirt and stains.

Clean The Underside Too

The underside of the canopy should be cleaned too. However, the underside of a canopy may have different stains to deal with. There might be smoke or grease stains from a nearby grill. You might need to use a degreasing dish soap to clean the underside of the canvas.

Look For Damage As You Clean

When you clean your canopy, look for areas of damage so they can be repaired before they turn into big holes or rips. You can buy repair kits for canvas canopies that contain tape or a sealer to put on small holes. By making repairs when the damage is small, your canopy will stay more attractive since a large rip might require a patch that is noticeable.

If you want a canvas canopy, talk to a company like EVANS AWNING to learn more.