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General Care Instructions for Canvas

Waterproofed and Water Repellent Acrylic Canvas

To obtain maximum life from your acrylic canvas the following should be observed:

When used in permanent outdoor situations the canvas should be hosed regularly to remove dust, bird droppings, etc. and other solid particles.

Stubborn soiling may require treatment with a bleach solution. The fabric should be washed with a diluted solution mixed with lukewarm water, maximum temperature, 38ºC. Apply the diluted solution to the fabric with a soft brush and rinse off thoroughly after 15 minutes. 

Follow the bleach solutions safety directions.Water borne stains such as coffee, tea, red wines, etc. should be treated first by rinsing in cold water. If this is not sufficient, the canvas may be washed with a mild solution of soap in lukewarm water (max 38ºC) and rinsed thoroughly.

Fabric should be thoroughly dry before storing. It should not be rolled up when wet. To ensure that water and soil resistance are fully retained after continuous outdoor exposure, the fabric should be treated with a suitable reproofing compound every 12 months or so.


Shade Canvas

Coated Polyester Canvas

To obtain maximum life from the canvas the following should be observed:

The canvas should be kept clean by brushing dry fabric regularly with a soft brush/broom. Hose occasionally with cold water, but do not combine the actions of brushing and hosing. Do not allow bird droppings, earth, sand or vegetable matter to remain in contact with the canvas. Whilst the polyester itself is rot resistant and impervious to fungal attack, mildew may form on its surface if left in a soiled, damp condition.

Do not apply soaps, detergents or other cleaning fluids and keep petrol, kerosene or other similar solvents away from the canvas.

Ensure that the canvas is thoroughly dry before putting away.

Should mildew spots appear, brush them off before they become attached. Persistent mildew growth should be treated with a solution of one part bleach solution to three parts of lukewarm water, maximum temperature 38ºC. Apply the diluted solution to the fabric with a soft brush or broom and rinse off thoroughly after 15 minutes. Follow the safety directions outlined on the bleach solution containers.

As your canvas ages it may require reproofing with a soil repellent compound


Annexe Canvas

Polyester/Cotton Waterproofed Canvas - Regentex®

Weathering or Breaking In

Due to stitching holes during manufacture of final products, we recommend that you thoroughly saturate the item and allow to dry naturally before use.  This will allow the cotton content in the fabric to swell and increase the water resistance. 

In the case of horse covers it is best to do this whilst the cover is on the horse, as this will help to ‘shape’ the cover to the contours of the horse.

General Care

  • Brush off dry dirt
  • Hose down with cool water
  • Use a soft bristled brush with clean water to treat soiled areas
  • Rinse with cool water
  • Leave extended to dry in warm circulating air
  • Re-use once completely dry
  • Re-proof when necessary

 Do Not

  • Hot wash, dry clean or tumble dry
  • Use high pressure hose which may damage the proofing
  • Use biological detergents which may adversely affect the proofing characteristics
  • Store when wet


We recommend reproofing of Regentex® canvas products after prolonged exposure to the elements. Bradmill Outdoor Fabrics’ Brellaproof® is recommended for this purpose.  It is non-flammable and easy to apply. Do not apply to new canvas - it is unnecessary and may lead to impairment of appearance.


Regentex Equestrian Canvas


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