Care tips for Markilux awnings
How does the nano effect work?
markilux awnings are now available with the so-called nano effect. This applies to the fabric collection sunsilk snc and the model variant Lounge for the awning frames. The impact of the effect can be explained best by imagining that there are microscopically fine hairs or spikes on the surface of the fabric and frame that prevent that e.g. rainwater or dirt gets in direct contact with the surface. As the hairs have only an extremely small surface at their tip, any deposit is only lightly at the top. The image is e.g. known from skimmers. This also explains why a rainshower can clean the awning from dirt. While it was recommended for conventional awning fabrics to retract the system to prevent the wet dirt from "sticking" to the fabric, we recommend to leave the sunsilk SNC fabric extended during rain - unless there is very strong wind or a storm.
How can I clean awning fabrics made from acrylic?
Remove dry dust with a soft brush. Remove leaves and similar debris immediately. Small spots should be removed with water and a commercially accepted, preferably liquid, detergent suitable for delicate fabrics (water temperature about 30°C, soapy solution 5%). Rinse well with water until all traces of the detergent have been removed. If possible, retract the awning when it is dry only! If the awning has to be retracted when wet, extend it again as soon as possible so it can dry. Due to its own weight a certain amount of sag in the cover is possible. This will increase when the cover is wet. This appearance does not impair the function and running of the awning. The awning cover is equipped with a special impregnation which is reduced with each cleaning process. Commercial tent impregnation can be used for a follow-up impregnation, however it cannot revert the fabric to its factory state.
How can I clean markilux awnings with covers made from sunsilk snc?
Badly soiled covers can be washed off with a water jet (not high pressure). Clean the cover from both sides and leave the awning to dry while it is extended. If required, use a sponge or soft brush with a small amount of detergent suitable for delicate fabrics and use max. 30° C warm water. Avoid strong rubbing. Afterwards clean the cover several times with clean water and leave to dry.
What happens to my wet / moist awning?
markilux awnings fear neither rain nor dew. Therefore it does not matter if the cover happens to get wet. The cover itself is no breeding ground for any growth. However, over time dust and other dirt particles deposit on which fungi (mildew) or moss can develop. This is why the cover should not stay wet for a longer period of time. The best option is to extend the awning for drying immediately after the rain or leave it extended in the first place. For covers made of sunsilk SNC we recommend to leave the awning extended during rain so that the water activates the self-cleaning effect. However please ensure that your markilux is set with a pitch enough to ensure safe drainage of the rainwater (about 15°). Even these awning covers should not be wound up when wet for too long.
As a specialist Markilux distributor we aim to keep your awning looking and functioning at its best for many years to come, therefore we would recommend a service agreement for either 2 or 5 years this is a fairly inexpensive way to ensure the functioning properties of your awning perform as they should.
For a yearly service we would complete the following:
• Clean all frame profiles including arms
• Lubricate arms
• Lubricate gearbox if applicable
• Check motor function if applicable
• Level headway/angle pitch
• Check working functions of sensors
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