Care and Cleaning
  • Awning Care & Cleaning

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS ( Dickson Orchestra Fabrics )
One of the best ways to keep Dickson ® brand fabrics looking good and to delay deep or vigorous cleanings is to properly maintain the fabrics. This can be accomplished by simply brushing off dirt before it becomes embedded in the fabrics, wiping up spills as soon as they occur or spot cleaning soon after stains occur.

When it's time for a thorough cleaning, Dickson fabrics can be cleaned while still on an awning frame or, size permitting, they can be removed for cleaning.

When cleaning Dickson fabrics, it is important to observe the following:

  • Always use a mild soap such as Pril but never detergents .
  • Water should be cold to lukewarm. (Never more than 100°F/38°C.)
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  • Air dry only. Never apply heat to Dickson fabrics.
  • Do not wash in a washing machine .
  • Never put them in a dryer .
General or light cleaning
To clean Dickson fabrics while still on an awning frame, follow these simple steps:
  • Brush off loose dirt.
  • Hose down.
  • Prepare a cleaning mixture of water and mild, natural soap (no detergents).
  • Use a soft bristle brush to clean.
  • Allow cleaning solution to soak into the fabric.
  • Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue is removed.
  • Air dry.
  • May not require re-treatment depending on the age of the fabric.

If stubborn stains persist, you can use a diluted chlorine bleach/soap mixture for spot cleaning of mildew, roof run-off or other similar stains (see our Stain Chart for specific recommendations).

Heavy cleaning for stubborn stains and mildew
Dickson fabric does not promote mildew growth, however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances that are not removed from the fabric. To clean mildew, or other stubborn stains:
  • Eight ounces (1 cup) of chlorine bleach.
  • Two ounces (1/4 cup) of mild soap and/or detergent.
  • One gallon of water.
  • Clean with soft bristle brush.
  • Allow mixture to soak into fabric for up to 15 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue is removed.
  • Air dry.
  • Repeat if necessary.
  • Re-treatment of fabric for water and stain resistance will be necessary.

Remember to protect the area around your Dickson fabrics if using a bleach solution. Carpet or other fabrics that are not Dickson may have an adverse reaction to the bleach. If an awning is suitable in size for a washing machine, these steps should be followed: Remember to protect the area around your Dickson fabrics if using a bleach solution. Carpet or other fabrics that are not Dickson may have an adverse reaction to the bleach. If an awning is suitable in size for a washing machine, these steps should be followed:

  • Use mild soap and/or detergent.
  • For heavier stains add 1 cup of bleach to wash.
  • Wash and rinse in cold water.
  • Air dry. Never apply heat to Dickson fabrics .

Re-treating the fabric
As part of the finishing process, Dickson fabrics are treated with a fluorocarbon finish, which enhances water repellency. This finish is designed to last for several years, but must be replenished after a thorough cleaning. Based on test results, Glen Raven recommends 303 High Tech Fabric GuardT as the preferred re-treatment product for Dickson fabrics.
Fabrics should be re-treated after thorough cleaning or after five years of use. * Synthetic fabric heat settings normally do not exceed 150°F/66°C.

Applying 303 High Tech Fabric Guard
303 should be applied to Dickson fabrics after each thorough cleaning, which typically removes the original finish and reduces the fabric's water repellency.
  • Clean Dickson fabric, using one of the cleaning methods.
  • Allow Dickson fabrics  to completely air dry.
  • Apply 303 Fabric Guard in a well ventilated area following instructions on the container.
  • Apply 303 in a thin, even coat and allow fabric to dry completely.
  • Apply a second thin, even coating of 303. (Two light coatings are more effective in restoring fabric water resistance than a single heavy coating.
  • A 15-ounce bottle provides coverage of up to 50 square feet of fabric.)

Professional awning cleaners You may have access to professional awning cleaning firms. In evaluating the services of a professional firm, you should inquire about a firm's experience in working with Dickson fabrics and knowledge of cleaning and re-treatment requirements. DO NOT dry clean Dickson fabrics.

Helpful hints Protect the area around the Dickson fabric when using a bleach solution - bleach may discolour non-Dickson fabrics. Always rinse Dickson fabrics thoroughly to completely remove bleach. Dickson fabrics air dries very quickly. Machine drying is not necessary. If fabric has some wrinkling, use an iron, if necessary, but only on the synthetic* setting. As some irons exceed the recommended 100°F/38°C temperature on the synthetic setting, test a small inconspicuous area before ironing entire piece.

DO NOT use a steamer or iron set to steam setting. Use of bleach and/or advanced age of the fabric application may impact the deterioration of the sewing thread and other non-Dickson components.

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS

When cleaning Sun'n'joy® fabrics, it is important to observe the following:

  • Always use a natural soap. Never detergent.
  • Water should be cold to lukewarm. Never more than 100 degrees.
  • Air dry only. Never apply heat to Sunbrella® fabrics.

If you are cleaning Sunbrella® while still on a Cushion , follow these simple steps:
  • Brush off loose dirt.
  • Hose down.
  • Prepare a cleaning mixture of water and mild, natural soap (no detergents).
  • Use a soft bristle brush to clean.
  • Allow soap to soak in.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Air dry.

If stubborn stains persist, you can use a diluted chlorine bleach/soap mixture for spot cleaning of mildew, roof run-off and other similar stains.


FOR STUBBORN STAINS :
  • Four ounces (half cup) of chlorine bleach
  • • Two ounces (one-fourth cup) of natural soap.
  • • One gallon of water.
  • • Clean with soft bristle brush.
  • • Allow mixture to soak for up to 20 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Air dry.
  • Repeat if necessary .

IMPORTANT PRECAUTIONS :
  • DO NOT PUT FABRICS IN A DRYER .
  • DO NOT USE ANY CHEMICALS OR CLEANERS ON THESE FABRICS .
  • DO NOT WASH THEM WITH STANDARD COTTON LINEN .
  • DO NOT USE HARD BRUSHES TO CLEAN THEM .

Stain Chart

Sunbrella® fabrics are treated with a fluorocarbon finish that acts as a sealant resistant to water & stains. Sunbrella® is able to hold up against inclement weather and even most stains. For those occasions when stains may occur below are our recommended cleaning methods for Sunbrella® for some of the most common and toughest stains.

STAIN

Recommended Cleaning Solutions

BEER

liquid detergent, white vinegar

BERRY

liquid detergent / ammonia (3-6% water)

BLOOD (DRIED)

detergent / ammonia (3-6% water)

BUTTER

volatile solvent (acetone)

CHARCOAL, PENCIL MARKS

vacuum, then liquid detergent

CATSUP OR MUSTARD

liquid detergent

CHEWING GUM

volatile solvent (acetone)

CHOCOLATE

liquid detergent, ammonia water

COFFEE

detergent, white vinegar, volatile solvent (acetone)

COLA

liquid detergent

CRAYON

paint, oil or grease remover

EGG (RAW)

liquid detergent

GRAPE JUICE

liquid detergent

GRAVY

liquid detergent

GREASE (CAR)

volatile solvent (acetone)

INK (PERMANENT, INDIA,BALLPOINT)

paint remover, volatile solvent (acetone), detergent

IRON RUST

oxalic or citrus acids, water

LIPSTICK

paint, oil or grease remover

MASCARA

paint remover, volatile solvent (acetone), detergent, water

MILDEW

1/2 cup of bleach and 1/4 cup natural soap per gallon of water

Sunbrella Stain Cleaning Chart
Stain Chart

Sunbrella® fabrics are treated with a fluorocarbon finish that acts as a sealant resistant to water & stains. Sunbrella® is able to hold up against inclement weather and even most stains. For those occasions when stains may occur below are our recommended cleaning methods for Sunbrella® for some of the most common and toughest stains.

STAIN

Recommended Cleaning Solutions

BEER

Dish Washing liquid, white vinegar

BERRY

Dish Washing liquid / ammonia (3-6% water)

BLOOD (DRIED)

Dish Washing liquid / ammonia (3-6% water)

BUTTER

volatile solvent (acetone)

CHARCOAL, PENCIL MARKS

vacuum, then dish washing detergent

CATSUP OR MUSTARD

Dish Washing liquid

CHEWING GUM

volatile solvent (acetone)

CHOCOLATE

Dish Washing liquid, ammonia water

COFFEE

Dish Washing liquid, white vinegar, volatile solvent (acetone)

COLA

Dish Washing liquid

CRAYON

paint, oil or grease remover

EGG (RAW)

Dish Washing liquid

GRAPE JUICE

Dish Washing liquid

GRAVY

Dish Washing liquid

GREASE (CAR)

volatile solvent (acetone)

INK (PERMANENT, INDIA,BALLPOINT)

paint remover, volatile solvent (acetone), Dish washing liquid

IRON RUST

oxalic or citrus acids, water

Sunbrella® Care and Cleaning Instructions

LIPSTICK

paint, oil or grease remover

MASCARA

paint remover, volatile solvent (acetone), dish washing liquid, water

MILDEW 1/2 cup of bleach and 1/4 cup natural soap per gallon of water

STAIN

Recommended Cleaning Solutions

MILDEW

1/2 cup of bleach and 1/4 cup natural soap per gallon of water

MILK

liquid detergent

NAIL POLISH

volatile solvent (acetone)

OIL

volatile solvent (acetone)

ORANGE DRINK

liquid detergent, water

PAINT (LATEX) WET

liquid detergent, water

PAINT (LATEX) DRIED

paint, oil or grease remover

PAINT (OIL OR LACQUER)

paint, oil or grease remover

SHOE POLISH (LIQUID)

volatile solvent (acetone)

SHOE POLISH (WAX)

apply heated iron over towel, volatile solvent (acetone)

SUNTAN LOTION

Pine Power® or pine oil detergent

TEA

liquid detergent

TOMATO JUICE

liquid detergent

TREE SAP

turpentine, liquid detergent

URINE

liquid detergent, white vinegar

VOMIT

detergent, water, white vinegar

WATER COLOR

liquid detergent, water, white vinegar

WAX (CANDLE)

apply heated iron over towel, volatile solvent (acetone)

WINE

liquid detergent / ammonia (3-6% water), white vinegar


CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS
When cleaning Sunbrella® fabrics, it is important to observe the following:

  • Always use a natural soap. Never detergent.
  • Water should be cold to lukewarm. Never more than 100 degrees.
  • Air dry only. Never apply heat to Grace fabrics.
If you are cleaning Grace while still on a Cushion , follow these simple steps:
  • Brush off loose dirt.
  • Hose down.
  • Prepare a cleaning mixture of water and mild, natural soap (no detergents).
  • Use a soft bristle brush to clean.
  • Allow soap to soak in.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Air dry.

If stubborn stains persist, you can use a diluted chlorine bleach/soap mixture for spot cleaning of mildew, roof run-off and other similar stains.

FOR STUBBORN STAINS :
  • Four ounces (half cup) of chlorine bleach.
  • Two ounces (one-fourth cup) of natural soap.
  • One gallon of water.
  • Clean with soft bristle brush.
  • Allow mixture to soak for up to 20 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Air dry.

IMPORTANT PRECAUTIONS :
  • DO NOT PUT FABRICS IN A DRYER .
  • DO NOT USE ANY CHEMICALS OR CLEANERS ON THESE FABRICS .
  • DO NOT WASH THEM WITH STANDARD COTTON LINEN .
  • DO NOT USE HARD BRUSHES TO CLEAN THEM .
Stain Removal

STAIN

How to Remove ?

BEER

liquid detergent, white vinegar

BERRY

liquid detergent / ammonia (3-6% water)

BLOOD (DRIED)

detergent / ammonia (3-6% water)

BUTTER

volatile solvent (acetone)

CHARCOAL, PENCIL MARKS

vacuum, then liquid detergent

CATSUP OR MUSTARD

liquid detergent

CHEWING GUM

volatile solvent (acetone)

CHOCOLATE

liquid detergent, ammonia water

COFFEE

detergent, white vinegar, volatile solvent (acetone)

COLA

liquid detergent

CRAYON

paint, oil or grease remover

EGG (RAW)

liquid detergent

GRAPE JUICE

liquid detergent

GRAVY

liquid detergent

GREASE (CAR)

volatile solvent (acetone)

INK (PERMANENT, INDIA,BALLPOINT)

paint remover, volatile solvent (acetone), detergent

IRON RUST

oxalic or citrus acids, water

LIPSTICK

paint, oil or grease remover

MASCARA

paint remover, volatile solvent (acetone), detergent, water

MILDEW

1/2 cup of bleach and 1/4 cup natural soap per gallon of water

MILK

liquid detergent

NAIL POLISH

volatile solvent (acetone)

OIL

volatile solvent (acetone)

ORANGE DRINK

liquid detergent, water

PAINT (LATEX) WET

liquid detergent, water

PAINT (LATEX) DRIED

paint, oil or grease remover

SHOE POLISH (LIQUID)

volatile solvent (acetone)

SHOE POLISH (WAX)

apply heated iron over towel, volatile solvent (acetone)

SUNTAN LOTION

Pine oil detergent

PAINT (OIL OR LACQUER)

paint, oil or grease remover

TEA

liquid detergent

TOMATO JUICE

liquid detergent

TREE SAP

turpentine, liquid detergent

URINE

liquid detergent, white vinegar

VOMIT

detergent, water, white vinegar

WATER COLOR

liquid detergent, water, white vinegar

WAX (CANDLE)

apply heated iron over towel, volatile solvent (acetone)

WINE

liquid detergent / ammonia (3-6% water), white vinegar



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