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Maintenance Tips For Keeping Your Canopy Nice

Posted on: September 5th, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments

Maintenance Tips For Keeping Your Canopy Nice

With proper care and maintenance, your canopy will last for years to come.

Whether you’re purchasing a canopy for an event, your business, or just to have a nice shady place in your backyard, there are a few things you can do to ensure you get the most out of your canopy. Along with easy to use accessories and replacement parts, a canopy can be adapted to be used in a variety of situations. Here are a few tips for keeping a canopy in good condition and ready to use for any occasion.

1. Take precaution when setting up.

Putting together your canopy sounds a lot harder than it really is. Keeping a few things in mind the first time you set up will make the process easier and quicker the next time you have to do it. Be sure to set up on a smooth, level surface. You want to be sure the stakes can easily go in the ground and also stay in the ground to create stable support. Set up the canopy in calm weather, Strong winds or rain can make it hard to keep parts in place while setting up. Do not force or jam parts together. Use a firm yet gentle grip and follow instructions. Do not attempt to change things around or put a canopy together without looking at the instructions. You may be able to get it set up, but stability and safety may be compromised. If you get frustrated or confused at all when setting up, consult customer service for your canopy company for help.

2. Protect Against Wear And Tear.

It may be tempting to leave a canopy up after getting it all assembled. But leaving a canopy out in the sun and exposed to the elements will cause rapid wear. Yes, the canopy is built to withstand the elements, but only up to a certain point. Harsh sunlight day after day will cause bleaching and fading. Leaving a canopy out in the rain or in other severe weather conditions will also increase wear. Setting up and taking down a canopy should be easy, so there’s really no reason a canopy should be left out for a prolonged amount of time.

3. Keep away from fire.

This can be especially tempting when using a canopy at a barbeque, picnic, or camping trip. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for how far the canopy should be placed from a barbeque or campfire. Yes it’s true that most canopies are made from fire and water resistant material, but damage can still occur if placed too close to these elements. The same goes for using insecticides or pesticides around your canopy. These harsh chemicals are not only bad for your canopy, they are bad for your health too.

4. Keep it clean.

After some time and lots of use, your canopy will become dirty. So what’s the best way to keep it clean without causing damage? Avoid using harsh soaps, bleach, or putting canopy fabric in the washing machine. These things can cause fading, shrinking, or even tearing. Some mild soap, like liquid dish soap, should be good enough to clean dust, dirt, or bird droppings from your canopy. Spray it down gently with hose water and allow to air dry completely in a sunny area.