Kansas City Tent & Awning sent me the cleaning instructions for awnings. They recommend 1 part SH to 16 parts water and 1 part woolite. Essentially <0.625% SH. Didn’t have woolite. Used Elemonator and mixed my SH down to their recommendation. It’s 98 degrees here so I hit it twice in the recommended 15 minute dwell time.
Turned out great. No discoloration. Then I got curious and put a drop of straight 12% SH on a hidden section inside the awning. No change. Left it there for hours. Rinsed it. Still no change. Hopefully that’s helpful to some of you that run into awnings in the future.
I just got a call about some canvas awnings so I’m glad you posted this. Do you charge by square footage or an hourly rate? If you do charge by square footage, what’s a reasonable price per square foot? I’m aware that there are a ton of variables that play a roll in determining pricing, but I’d at least like a ballpark estimate because I don’t come by awnings too often. Thank you.
This was an office building. We were there for two days. Dryvit and brick, walkway, awnings, and windows so the price I would give you on this wouldn’t be a good representation, especially since this is commercial and not residential. With commercial we factor in access, municipality business license if we don’t currently have one in this particular city/town, access to water, etc. Currently, with all expenses factored in our base rate is $140/hour, but our minimum to even hook up the trailer is $300. If I was only asked to do these three awnings, I’d like take a bucket of mix, a garden hose to rinse, and a soft brush on an extension pole to dip in the bucket and charge $100/awning and be finished in 90-120 minutes max.
I know that’s a long answer, but at $100 bucks for a 10 foot awning would shake out to $10/linear foot. Hope that helps.
You not only answered my original question, but also about four more I was pondering in the back of my head. I’m just starting out in this business and I’m trying to learn as much as I can. For me, the more detailed the better. Thanks for the insight!
@squidskc how would you go about this. It’s my first commercial job bid so I wanna make sure my hw mix will be OK on the awnings. Can I just DS like I do on a house and just rinse?
BTW it’s painted brick