Safety Precautions

Electrical

Only individuals qualified and licensed should perform the electrical installation on behalf of the customer. All circuits should be properly grounded and a drip loop is required to be formed in the motor cable to prevent water intrusion into the head of the motor.

Lateral Arms

Lateral arms are under significant spring tension and significant danger if not handled properly. Never attempt to take an awning apart to service or replace the fabric without first securing the arms to prevent them from opening violently. Never attempt to open arms or

Awning and Screen Maintenance

abc Sun Control manufactures awnings and screens from the highest quality materials.  Taking a few simple steps can add to the life and appearance of your product.  Should your awning require deep cleaning and/or re-treatment, your dealer will be able to recommend a certified awning care specialist.

Instructions for Cleaning and Maintenance - Awnings and Screens

Always keep your awning and screens clean.  The fabric we use is mildew resistant, however if dirt or other foreign materials are left to accumulate on the fabric, it can cause mildew damage.

Wash the topside of your awning by gently rinsing with a garden hose, always keeping water stream away from the motor end of the product. If necessary, use a soft brush/broom or cloth and a mild non-detergent, non-bleach soapy solution.  Ivory Flakes or Woolite are often recommended by the manufacturers of the fabric, followed by careful rinsing.

Clean the underside of awnings by gently brushing with a soft brush/broom.

Any time anything more than a gentle scrubbing is required, you may be removing the waterproof coating on the fabric.  Dirt and mildew will begin adhering to that spot.  To prevent this, apply a spray of water-repellent coating after it has been cleaned.  Spray cans of waterproofing solution are available at any hardware store. Never use strong solvents to remove spots as they can damage and/or discolor the fabric. If your awning is retractable, always roll it in when not in use, or if windy/stormy conditions persist or are anticipated.  Always retract your awning if you will be away for an extended period of time.  Strong wind may damage your product.

Do not allow standing water to accumulate on your awning.  Use a soft broom and gently push upwards from underneath the awning to push the pool of water off.  Water accumulation may cause the fabric to stretch and may add extra weight causing the metals bars and arms to bend or break under the load.  If you live in an area that experiences frequent rain fall, ask your dealer about changing the pitch of your awning when installing.

Do not operate your awning in freezing weather.  If frozen, wait until it thaws out naturally before retracting.  Your awning is not designed to carry the weight of snow when extended.  Keep the awning retracted when snow or freezing rain is anticipated. Keep shrubbery and vines away from your awning.  Some plants secrete acids that can damage the fabric and/or hardware. Avoid using pesticides on the fabric as they may impair water repellency or cause staining. Avoid direct flames and hot temperatures.  Grease and smoke may coat and discolor the fabric. If your awning has not been used for a long while, especially if the weather has been cold, moving parts and springs may creak.  A silicone spray lubricant carefully applied to moving parts will help eliminate some of the noise quickly.  As the awning "breaks in" the fabric may stretch somewhat requiring that the limits be reset so as to maintain the proper tension on the fabric.