Canopy Care and Maintenance ABC - Part One
A canopy tent, particularly a portable one can be used to provide shade and shelter at outdoor events, whether it is for a sporting event or a business event to get your name out there. By investing in a logo to put on the canopy, you can provide a long term advertising tool for your business when used at community events or even a company sporting event. By following simple tips to provide the proper care, you can extend the life your custom canopy so that it continues to fulfill your needs for years and years to come.
Your custom canopy will usually be made from a very durable polyester that is given a treatment which makes it stain resistant. The majority of the different available canopy fabrics are treated so that they protect against the sun’s UV rays as well as water. A few of the fabrics are even fire proof as well. The frame of your canopy will be made with a high quality commercial grade aluminum, allowing for strength and stability while being easily portableat the same time.
Artwork sample of a 10ft custom printed canopy top
Extending the Life of the FabricTo extend the life of the fabric as well as the advertising printed on it, you will want to properly care for it by cleaning and drying the canopy. To clean your canopy without damaging the logo on it, you will want to use warm water with soap as this will handle normal use. To keep the material looking newer longer it is recommended that you use only non-abrasive soap or laundry detergent as it will limit the fading of your custom logo on the canopy. The use of bleach will start a chemical reaction with your canopy resulting in yellowing or discoloration, ruining the print on the canopy. Using warm water with soap, you should wash both sides gently before rinsing the soap off.
It is not only important to clean your canopy correctly but to also dry it correctly. The canopy should be stretched out so that it can dry completely without water being trapped in the nooks and crannies of the fabric as mold and mildew grow in warm, dark, moist areas. Folding the canopy or balling it up to dry creates these areas destroying the fabric with mold and mildew. Once the canopy is completely dry it can be folded along the existing creases and put into its case. This will ensure that the canopy does not become distorted. If you have a tent model with walls and overhangs, they can be treated the same way to ensure that the tent remains clean without discoloration or mold.
Additional Care to the Frame
Not only does the canopy needs to be tended to but also your canopy frame needs to be cleaned as well. For safety reasons your canopy frame should be completely set up when you are cleaning it, as well as on solid ground. When cleaning the frame of your custom tent or canopy, consult the manual to ensure that the cleaning will not degrade the integrity of the frame by causing rust. After cleaning the frame, make sure that the frame is completely dry before putting it away. It is also a good idea to use a silicone sealant each time the canopy is used to help ensure that the metal is protected from the elements.
To keep your frame stable you will want to tighten all screws and fasteners as it will help prevent wobbling as well as ensuring a perfect fit for the canopy. Do not over-tighten the screws as this can strip the threads resulting in an unstable frame. The tighten of the screws and fasteners should be done each time you wash the frame as well as during set up of the canopy and after taking the canopy down.