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Leila Jacobsen is owner of Awnco Retractables, a Diamond Certified company. She can be reached at (415) 754-3986 or by email.

Cleaning Your Sunbrella® Items

Posted on October 02, 2017 by James Florence

SAN ANSELMO — If you own awnings, outdoor cushions or covers made by Sunbrella®, it’s a good idea to clean them following summer use. Fortunately, this is easy to do—just follow this basic procedure:

  1. Brush off loose dirt.
  2. Apply a solution of 1/4 cup of dishwashing liquid to 1 gallon of water.
  3. Use a soft bristle brush to gently scrub the fabric.
  4. Allow the solution to sit and soak into the fabric.
  5. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  6. Air dry.

While this basic procedure will take care of bird droppings and other mild stains, in the case of heavy stains like tree sap, Read more

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Benefits of Standing Seam Metal Awnings

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN LEANDRO — There are several different kinds of awnings, from fabric to fiberglass to metal. However, when it comes to sheer durability (and, consequently, long-term value), standing seam metal awnings are the undisputed champions.

Any quality awning is built to last, and many—even fabric ones—come with lifetime manufacturers’ warranties. However, despite their first-rate construction and manufacturer guarantee, most awnings still have a chance of failing. For example, the seams of a fabric awning are exposed to the elements, which can allow damage to occur over time, even with a high-quality product. In contrast, a standing seam metal awning is constructed of heavy duty material and completely sealed, so there’s almost no chance of failure. Read more

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Video: Awning Fabric Options

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN LEANDRO — Host, Sarah Rutan: When designing an awning for your home or business, it’s important to be aware of your fabric options. Today we’re in San Leandro with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Pete Lamarre of Acme Sunshades Enterprise to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Pete Lamarre: Okay, today we’re going to talk about fabric. On a daily basis, we use Sunbrella fabrics. It comes in four different grades: your standard acrylic, which we use on a daily basis on your standard awnings, retractable – you name it. You get into Sunbrella Plus. Typically, you would see this around marine areas out on the coast, somewhere where it’s moist. Read more

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How to Properly Maintain Window Awnings

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN RAFAEL — When it comes to window awnings, regular maintenance is crucial for keeping them looking and performing their best. Awning maintenance mainly consists of routine cleaning, which prevents dirt from becoming embedded in the fabric. In addition to regularity, however, it’s important to use correct procedures when cleaning an awning.

After brushing off any loose dirt, apply a cleaning agent, which can range from a mild detergent or dish soap to a solution of vinegar or ammonia. Apply the solution with a sponge or soft bristle brush. If there are a lot of stains, add a little bleach or ammonia to the solution—it won’t hurt the acrylic fabric.

When cleaning an awning, Read more

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Video: Caring for your Awning

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN RAFAEL —  Host, Sarah Rutan: If you have an awning on your home or business, its important to know how to properly care for and maintain it. Today we’re in San Rafael with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Leila Jacobsen of Awnco Retractables to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Leila Jacobsen: When you are cleaning your umbrella awning you want to be careful of the threads. They stand proud of the fabric and if you scrub at them, they are going to break. So you would go gently or just go around them. Use a soft brush; use a mild soap, Dawn dish soap is preferred. If you’ve got a lot of stains, Read more

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