- Why should you regularly clean your cover? -

Here are some tips from our partners Sunbrella® and Serge Ferrari®

To keep your canvas covers in perfect condition, on your boat’s canopy for example, and avoid having to do an intensive clean for as long as possible, clean them regularly with freshwater or a soft brush (like a clothes brush). This will remove any surface dirt or salt before it gets into the fabric.

- Mould: 
your worst enemy -

Many different factors contribute to the growth of mould on our outdoor protective equipment:
  • increased atmospheric pollution
  • restrictions on the use of chemical products for treating fabric (antifungals – environmental standard),
  • increased window surface area (completely sealed) which considerably reduces good ventilation.

Our fabrics are rot-proof (synthetic fibre), so they do not encourage mould growth. Nonetheless, mould can spread on material – in this case, a canvas – which is not properly maintained.

Four factors are necessary for mould to appear and grow:
  • moisture
  • warmth
  • spores
  • nutrition.
Eliminating one of these four elements will be enough to prevent mould growth.

- What is the best way to clean your canvas? -

Some practical advice that is easy to follow...

1/ Regular quick and simple washing
  • Brush the canvas
  • Wet the fabric with cold water
  • Prepare a mixture of water and soap
  • Scrub the canvas using a soft brush 
  • Leave to work 
  • Rinse thoroughly with water to remove all soap 
  • Leave to dry in the open air.

2/ Deep cleaning to remove mould 
  • Prepare a solution that is 1 part bleach, 2 parts soap and 7 parts water 
  • Scrub the canvas using a soft brush, 
  • Leave the solution to work for 15 minutes
  • Remove the solution with a clean sponge or towel 
  • Rinse thoroughly with water 
  • Leave to dry in the open air.
The canvas will then need to be treated in order to make it waterproof again.

Any adjacent fabrics not made by Sunbrella® must not be cleaned using bleach, so be sure to protect them. 
In order to protect the environment, when using bleach, try to collect waste water, as it may harm plants and animals.

- How to keep your archees in good conditions? -

  • Rinse regularly with clean water and wipe with a soft sponge.
  • For traces of dirt, use lukewarm water and neutral soap. Rinse well with clean water.
  • Wipe dry with a microfiber cloth to remove any salt or other residue.
Caution: do not use abrasive products that may cause scratching, or detergents such as hydrochloric acid, ammonia or chlorine.

- Some advice and practical tips... -

  • Canvases should be cleaned as regularly as possible: a quick clean with a hose or a soft brush such as a clothes brush will allow you to remove any dirt. 

  • If you clean them regularly, a deep clean will only be necessary once every two or three years, depending on the environment.

  • Before folding up or storing your protective equipment (bimini top, awning, etc.) it must be dry and clean to prevent the formation of mould.

  • Avoid cooking under your protective equipment (awning, bimini top, etc.) as the fumes, gas and steam contain micro-nutrients which can encourage the formation and growth of mould on the fabric.

  • Be sure to air your protective equipment well, in order to eliminate internal moisture. Poor ventilation will encourage the growth of mould (ideally no more than 65% humidity). Never obstruct the side air vents which ensure good ventilation, and never cover your protective equipment with a PVC tarpaulin that is completely sealed.

  • Do not use solvent, detergent, abrasive products, pressure washers, washing machines or tumble dryers to clean your Sunbrella® fabric, as these will alter the coating of the canvas.
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