Recasens acrylic canvas fabric is water and mould repellent and will last a very long time if maintained well. However, over time, the accumulation of dust, pollution particles, organic plant matter, pollen and general dirt can embed itself into, and shorten the life of the fabric.
Its a good idea to periodically give your umbrella fabric a light brush down with a soft bristled brush or broom. Then rinse it off using a garden hose and allow to air dry. This will help to dislodge and remove dust and dirt that has settled on the fabric before it can embed itself more deeply. Although mould will not grow directly on clean acrylic canvas, as dirt and organic matter embeds itself into the fabric the mould will be able to grow on the embed dirt and organic matter so its best to remove dirt earlier.
How to clean dirt or mould out of your outdoor umbrella acrylic canvas fabric:
Depending on how often you use your umbrella, you may eventually need to give it a more thorough wash to remove any embedded dirt or early signs of mould growth. To do this you will need to mix warm water and mild soap or mild dish washing liquid in a bucket. Use a soft bristled brush (or a long broom) to generously work this soapy water into a lather over the umbrella fabric. Focus mostly on the areas with the most dirt or stains then allow the soapy water to soak into the umbrellas fabric.
Once you are finished soaking the umbrella fabric, rinse it thoroughly with a hose until all soap residue is removed and then air dry the fabric.
If you have mould growth in the fabric and the instructions above have not removed it, you may need to repeat the instructions again but add between between half and a one full cup of bleach to the bucket of soapy water.
Depending on how old the acrylic canvas is and how thoroughly it has been cleaned, you may want to re-treat the fabric with a product like 303® Fabric Guard. This will replenish the fabrics water repellency, causing water to bead off again and will also help to repel dirt and dust from embedding into the fabric.
Recasens 100% Solution-Dyed Acrylic Canvas Fabric
Shade7 uses the finest marine grade solution-dyed acrylic canvas fabric manufactured by S.A. Recasens in Spain. This premium outdoor fabric has the best available colour fastness rating of 7-8 out of 8*.
Recasens fabrics also has the highest possible UV protection rating of UPF 80 according to the European UV standard 801, cutting out the maximum amount of harmful UV light for excellent sun protection.
Recasens fabrics are manufactured with only the highest quality raw materials and the most rigorous quality-assurance procedures. Recasens fabrics are covered by a 5 year warranty covering rot and colour fading* in normal environments and conditions of use. The warranty does not cover wear and tear or wind related damage.
*Colours with red pigmentation (red, orange and yellow etc) will have lower colour fastness than other colours and will show some fading earlier.
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