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We are going to be cleaning a roof this weekend which has a couple awnings.  My partner and I are debating over the best way to clean the roof without getting the bleach solution on the awnings.

Here is a GoogleEarth image of the job.  The two white areas at the backside of the home are the awnings.  Unfortunately, they are not jut white, but rather white and blue striped.

Do most of you cover with tarps, or do you just spray the heck out of them with water, or...

Your advice would be greatly appreciated!

 

Rob Deemer

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You COULD rely on wetting them thoroughly, but I would cover them with thick plastic. I would also completely rinse the roof above them so that the residual doesnt drip on them afterwards with a light rain or dew.

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Rob,

Look at the backing on the material of the awnings. If it is a pattern or a gray material that is Sombrella. That backing will bleach out from the chems. If there is no backing and it is white or the same as the top color then you are prob OK. Awnings these days are dyed with acrylic dyes and are colorfast. We very often use the SoftWash System and chems to clean awnings.

These are a striped pattern and should still be dyed with acrylics. Id do a small test with straight 12% on a seam or in an inconspicuous area. Let it dwell for 15 min. If the color remains then go for it.

The roof above will still need rinsed because the gold dead algae will stain the awnings as it drips off the roof. Clean the roof, clean the awnings ten rinse it all down. The customer will love how the chems brighten the awnings. You can also buy chems for restoring the water resistance to the awning fabric and offer that as an up sell. We have done thousands of awnings and fabric roofs. TerraClean did the Cirq De Sole building at Downtown Disney for years. The OcOnell Center at UF, Awnings on restaurants, Disney's Yhat & Beach Resort whitch had striped red and white awnings and many more. Color usually doesnt matter just stay away from marine canvas. That uses non colorfast dyes and cotton thread witch the bleach will destroy.

Hope this helps.

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-- Edited by AC Lockyer on Thursday 23rd of June 2011 08:08:43 AM

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Thanks for all the great info!  I'll let you know how it goes this weekend.

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Thanks for all the great info!  I'll let you know how it goes this weekend.

Rob


 Take lots of pix!

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I did these with about 3% no probs..

 



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I did these with about 3% no probs..

 


 Looks AWESOME. A soft washer could just do awnings exclusively and make a mint!

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We tested the awnings this past weekend as AC suggested and they were not affected in any way what-so-ever!  The job went fast and smooth.

Thanks to everybody for their input.

AC, we really do owe you a beer and a steak when we meet.  Thanks for all of the great advice!  You're welcome in Pittsburgh anytime!

-Rob & Joe

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Can I wear my cowboys jersey while I'm in town? Lol.

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bring it on, baby. do i sense a friendly wager on the (hopefully) upcoming season?

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Save your money Rob. Cowboys are gonna dominate this season!!!

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Yeah, whatever.

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How many years have we had to endure that craziness. (From your picture though, you do look 'confident', I'll give you that! And you do have a very, very large thumb.)

The old Black and Gold of the "Steeler Nation" plays in Texas only once this year, and that's in Houston on Oct 2nd. So the Cowgirls will be spared this year... unless they somehow manage to fumble their way into the playoffs. Good luck.

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AC Lockyer wrote:

Rob,

Look at the backing on the material of the awnings. If it is a pattern or a gray material that is Sombrella. That backing will bleach out from the chems. If there is no backing and it is white or the same as the top color then you are prob OK. Awnings these days are dyed with acrylic dyes and are colorfast. We very often use the SoftWash System and chems to clean awnings.

Hope this helps.

AC



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Anyone have any pictures of the awning material with the gray backing or the backing with the pattern AC referrenced so that we can all recognize it when we see it??  I'd love to know what to be able to recongnize before hand! biggrin



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How do u tests an awning for colorfast?

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Do a test spray or sponge on the back side along building or in an inconspicuous area.

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AC so are you strictly using a house wash mix on awnings or is there another chemical you use?

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Chris Mozick wrote:

AC so are you strictly using a house wash mix on awnings or is there another chemical you use?


 I use up to a 2% softwashing solution but no more.

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