At LA Customs, we realize that your awnings are a big investment
and we want to help you make sure that your investment lasts!
Here are some tips and answers that we hope you will find helpful.

Awning FAQs

Is it easy to clean awnings?
Yes, if you’re in good physical shape. It may be necessary to use a ladder and carry equipment around like hoses and pump up sprayers. With proper training and techniques awning cleaning is relatively simple and easy.
What type of Equipment do you need to clean awnings?
Many awnings can be cleaned with just a garden hose and a soft truck washing brush. Of course, other equipment can be helpful in getting the job done quickly. The basic awning cleaning equipment would include:

Water hose | Extension poles | Soft brushes | Ladder | Pump sprayer
Can all awnings be cleaned? (Canvas, Vinyl, Metal and Glass)
No! The most difficult thing about cleaning an awning is judging the ones you want to stay away from because they are too old or damaged to clean. Only 50% to 60% of the awnings are in good enough shape to clean. Make sure the fabric and seams are strong and in good shape. And, not all awnings can be cleaned to “brand new” looking. Some are too faded or stained to be totally restored. If any awning color comes off, stop!
What about Mildew on My Awning
Keep vinyl awnings clean and dry so mildew doesn’t grow on them.
Vinyl awnings are a popular choice because they are easy to care for and generally resistant to mildew. If dirt and debris collect on your awning, mildew can form on the dirt and debris. If your awning is folded up, mildew spores spread and grow due to the warmth and moisture inside the folded awning. Unless mildew is cleaned off your awning it can leave stains and discoloration.
Things You’ll Need to Clean Your Awnings
1/4 cup Ivory Flakes, 5-gallon bucket, Rubber gloves, Cleaning cloths, Hose

Combine one-quarter cup of Ivory Flakes with 4.5 gallons hot water in a 5-gallon bucket. Wear rubber gloves and mix the solution.
Using a clean cloth with the soapy solution scrub the awning, paying particular attention to areas that have mildew on them. Allow the cleaning solution to sit on the surface for five to 10 minutes.
  3. Scrub the underside of the awning to ensure that there are no mildew spores on the underside of the awning.
  4. Hose off both sides of the awning to remove the mildew-removing solution. Make sure that all mildew stains have been removed. Treat any remaining mildew stains by scrubbing them again with the soapy solution, then rinse thoroughly.
Does the fabric color I choose affect how hot it is under my awning?
Generally, no. Since an awning is an open air structure there is minimal heat build-up and usually this dissipates with air movement.
How can I prevent fading of my awning fabric colors?
Sunbrella(R) and other quality acrylic fabrics carry a limited, ten-year warranty against fading. As a rule, fading is not a severe problem, even in full sun. And most awnings fade uniformly, so the effect is hardly noticeable. But given their function and location–out in the sun and the weather–awnings will fade, and eventually you will have to replace the fabric.
How long does a fabric awning last?
We warranty the installation on our frames for 1 year not the 6 months most companies give you. The frames and fabric have a 10 year prorated warranty against defects. With proper maintenance and cleaning, they should last even longer. The frames will be able to be recovered numerous times.
What do I do if the fabric on my awning gets soiled?
Fabric gets dirty, it’s a fact of life. The material can be washed off easily. We recommend that you use mild cleaners, if cleaners are necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • After wet weather, open your vinyl awning and allow it to dry in the sunlight or fresh air.
  • Brush dirt and debris off your awning regularly.
  • If you use bleach: Always rinse bleach solution off your vinyl awning completely so it doesn’t weaken the material. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THE USE OF BLEACH.

Call Today (985) 966-8721 to Get Started On Your Custom Awning!