Fabrics - Hints and Tips

How are fabrics confected?

What visual effects can arise?

How to clean and maintain a fabric?

Below you'll get some advice on how to deal with your awning fabric.

Expand/CollapseAssembly of fabrics

Commonly multiple panels are seamed together when confecting an awning fabric. The maximum width of a panel depends on the type of fabric, e.g. acrylic, polyesters or screens. Acrylic panels have a maximum width of 120 cm.

The production of an awning fabric starts off with cutting the panels to the appropriate length. Illuminated workbenches allow identifying flaws in weaving. Then the separate panels are seamed together by a fully-automated sewing machine.

The top and bottom end of awning fabrics are hemstitched. Hemstitches are required in order to clamp the fabric onto the awning later on.

Even though the entire production is mainly performed by modern sewing machines, the high quality of fabrics used in the assembly of VARISOL awnings strongly depends on the skills and experiences of our suppliers.

Expand/CollapseProperties of fabrics - important notes

Awning fabrics have to answer functional as well as decorative purposes. Even though fabrics have to pass through several quality checks, we can't guarantee that the final product will be ultimately perfect.

There is a number of visual effects, which can't be entirely eliminated. However, those effects do not alter the value and/or functionality of an awning. Hence, they do not justify complaints about the quality of an awning fabric.

Below you can find an overview of the most common visual effects that may occur.

  • WRINKLES
    Wrinkles may arise during the processes of confecting and shipping an awning fabric. At the spot of a wrinkle colours may appear to be darker. This effect is even greater on light-coloured fabrics. 
Wrinkles from confecting and shipping
Wrinkles from confecting and/or shipping
  • WAVINESS
    Since hems and seams are doubled, the fabric does have differing diameters when being rolled up on a roller tube. The effect is even enhanced due to inevitable sags of the roller tube and other components.
Waviness
Waviness due to differing diameters
  • WATERPROOFNESS/WATERTIGHTNESS
    In order to make fabrics waterproof, they are coated with a waterproof finish. That is why awning fabrics remain watertight, if mounted with an inclination angle greater than 14°.
    In pouring rain, the awning has to be retracted so as to protect the fabric from unnecessary wetness. If the fabric got soaked, the awning has to be extended so that the fabric can sun-cure.
  • ELONGATION OF SIDE PANELS
    The tenseness of an awning fabric is commonly achieved through torsion springs. Hems and seams do act as an enhancement of the fabric, but also have to carry the highest load. When being rolled up, hems and seams are squeezed and hence they elongate. As a result side hems are likely to sag.
Elongated hems
Elongation due to doubled hems

Expand/CollapseRecommendations on cleaning and maintaining awning fabrics

Awning fabrics have to be cleaned and maintained periodically. This includes that pollution on the fabric's surface and minor spots have to be removed.

Caution: Awning fabrics are not suitable for laundry!

Pretreatment

Loose particals have to be taken down prior to the actual cleansing of the fabric. Afterwards the fabric has to be dampened so that pollutions - that dried up - can be removed more easily.

Cleansing

Following the pretreatment, the remaining spots can be treated with a solution that consists of water and detergent. You should use warm water and add about 5-10% of detergent. Stubborn stains have to be soaked with the prepared solution and the solution has to remain on the fabric for about 15-20 minutes. Please repeat this step until all major pollution has been removed.

Caution: Please don't use any hard brushes or scrubbers, since they may damage the fabric!

Posttreatment

After the fabric has been treated with detergent, the remaining solution has to be rinsed off. And once the solution has been removed entirely, the fabric has to be reimpregnated so that it retains its watertightness.