A backyard that is void of shade, vegetation, and a place to sit and relax is not one you are going to want to spend time in. However, when you add in a seating area and a covering to provide shade and protection from the weather with an outdoor canvas canopy, you can make your backyard's outdoor space more comfortable and usable. But it is important to keep your canopy protected and maintained, so here are some recommendations to help you choose and care for an outdoor canvas canopy and keep it looking its best.
Select a Quality Canvas
When you are looking for a good canvas canopy for your backyard, you want to make sure you select a canvas fabric or material that is going to stand up to the test of time and weather. Whether it is a retractable canopy or one attached onto a frame you unfold and install, look for a canvas canopy that won't stretch within its frame and has been treated to resist staining.
Then, you can also look for your canvas canopy to be fire-resistant and UV-resistant and also protected against mildew and mold. There will be times when your canvas canopy is still slightly damp when you roll it up and away, and you don't want it to allow a growth of mildew.
Apply a Protector Treatment
Once you have chosen the canvas canopy material, look for ways you can further protect it from weather and sun. An easy way you can do this is to protect it from moisture and its damaging effects with a waterproofing treatment. If you are ordering your canopy from a local canopy supplier, you can ask for a waterproof treatment to protect the fabric.
You can also apply your own waterproof spray onto your canopy's top surface. Apply the waterproof spray over your clean canvas canopy in layers until it thoroughly coated. A waterproof treatment will keep your canvas canopy from attracting stains and spots dirt stains and moisture.
Clean It Regularly
Your canvas canopy is not one that you can set up and forget. You will need to keep it cleaned and free of stains with regular maintenance, and you should look for one that is easy to clean. Spray off your canopy's surface with a pressure washer on a low pressure setting, or you can use your garden hose and a jet sprayer setting. Apply a dish detergent to help remove dirt and residues and follow up by rinsing it fully.
To learn more, contact a company like Evans Awning.