How To Clean And Winterize Canvas Canopies

Posted on: 21 November 2022

Canvas canopies are a common sight outdoors all summer and into the fall. They provide excellent shelter from the sun and rain. While these canvas canopies are durable, many people don't realize they need special care and maintenance to keep them looking their best. Here are some tips on caring for your canopy so that it will last for years.

Regular Cleaning

Cleaning your canvas canopy is a simple process that takes little time and effort. 

  • Remove. Taking the canopy down may seem like an obvious first step, but it's important to make sure that you take the proper precautions before starting any cleaning project.
  • Sweep. Once the canopy is down, use a broom to remove any dirt, debris, or cobwebs that may have accumulated on the surface.
  • Wash. Fill a bucket with warm water and mild soap, then use a sponge or soft brush to scrub the entire surface of the canopy. Rinse with clean water when you're finished.
  • Spot clean. If there are any stains on the canvas, treat them with a mild soap and water solution. Use a soft cloth to rub the solution into the stain, and then rinse with clean water. Repeat this process until the stain is gone.
  • Dry. Let the canopy air dry completely before putting it back up to prevent mildew or mold growth on the canvas.

It is important to note that a power washer is not a good choice for cleaning canvas canopies. The pressure from the focused water stream can be too intense and tear the fabric.


With a little care, you can winterize your canopy so it will be ready to go when the warmer weather returns. After cleaning the canvas canopy like above, check your canopy for any rips, tears, or holes. These need to be repaired before you store the canopy for the winter. Small holes can be patched with adhesive patches or fabric glue. For larger holes, you may need to sew a patch onto the canvas. 

Mold and mildew can wreak havoc on your canvas canopy, so it's important to take steps to prevent them from growing during storage. The best way to do this is to treat the canvas with a mold and mildew inhibitor before storing it away for the winter. You can find these products at most hardware stores. Follow the instructions on the packaging for the best results.

Find a cool, dry place to keep it where it will be protected from sunlight and moisture throughout the off-season. Just be sure that wherever you store it, the temperature remains relatively consistent so that the fabric doesn't deteriorate over time. 

By following these simple tips, you can keep your canvas canopy in top condition for years to come. Reach out to a company like EVANS AWNING to learn more.