A canopy can be a great investment that can last for years to come if care is taken to keep it in tip top shape. With the help of these maintenance tips, as well the availability of canopy replacement parts if damage does occur, your canopy is sure to last through all your outdoor events.
1. Know the right way to set up a canopy.
Improper setup technique is the number one cause of damage to an outdoor canopy. When you first purchase a canopy, be sure to read all instructions and familiarize yourself with all the parts before beginning to set up. It’s a good practice to make this a habit from the beginning. A canopy should always be set up on a smooth, even surface without rocks, stumps, or holes in the way.
The ground should be able to hold the stakes in place firmly, so soil that is too sandy or hard will either cause damage to the stakes or not be able to hold it in place. Never force parts together. The canopy should go together easily and fit in place. If you’re having trouble, refer to the instruction manual or call customer service for help. Always follow the instructions precisely. Trying to change the setup or adapt parts yourself will only damage the canopy.
2. Don’t leave a canopy exposed.
It may be tempting to leave your canopy up once it’s been assembled, especially if used in your own backyard. But leaving it outdoors for long periods of time (think several months or over a year) is sure to cause premature wear. Canopies are built tough, but cannot be expected to stay in good shape if left out for so long. Sun damage and wear and tear is sure to occur.
Take down your canopy and pack it away if you know it won’t need to be used for awhile. This is one of the reasons setup and teardown of a canopy has been made to be so simple.
3. Keep a safe distance from fire.
Chances are, you’ll be likely to use a canopy at a barbeque, campsite, or outdoor party where open fire may be used for cooking or warmth. It’s tempting to place a canopy near a heat source, especially if space is limited. Many canopies are made to be fire resistant for this exact purpose, but damage can still occur.
Refer to your owner’s manual for the recommended distance for the canopy, as well as other substances that should never come into contact with it. The list could include pesticides, insecticides, or other strong chemicals.
4. Clean a canopy the right way.
With extensive use, a canopy is sure to become dusty. Cleaning it is a good idea, but be sure to know the right way to do it. Harsh soaps can leave an ugly residue and not drying the canopy out completely can cause mold growth. Some canopy fabrics can shrink or even tear if washed roughly or with the wrong soaps. Spray gently with a hose and allow to air dry in a sunny spot completely before packing it away.
5. A canopy is for coverage and nothing else.
Never allow children or rowdy adults to hang on, pull, or push on a canopy when fully assembled. It can cause damage to canopy parts and worse, injure anyone who is nearby. Use a canopy with safety in mind and it will be a welcome addition to your outdoors events for years to come.