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How Do I Clean, Maintain & Store My PVC Marquee

6m x 20m Commercial Marquee
6m x 20m PVC 500gsm Marquee

When you purchase a high quality commercial PVC marquee of a certain size, you have invested a great deal of money and you are hoping that this investment is a good one.

If you have done your research correctly and have purchased the correct marquee, with the right bracing and the right covers and you have ensured that you have a suitable storm/tie down kit to secure it, then your only other concern is cleaning, maintaining and storing the marquee.


A good quality PVC marquee (500gsm to 720gsm – Belgian PVC) will be coated with an anti stain and an anti mildew, UV protective coating, this will be on the outside of the PVC and will be shiny to touch. This coating is to stop the marquee panels from dulling, marking and staining. This coating will also make it very easy to remove any dirt or foreign objects from your marquee covers with little effort.

So the rule is that every time you have finished using your marquee, you ensure that while it is still erected, you wipe all surfaces down with some warm soapy water and then rinse and leave to dry. This will keep your marquee in good order for many years to come.


Ensure that when your marquee is up for more than a couple of days that you regularly wipe it down with soapy water and regularly check the tension on all of your tie down straps.

Remove any bird mess as soon as possible as many certain bird mess will etch into the PVC and burn the coating away.

When a marquee is not actively being used but is still erected, ensure that all panels are secured, ensure that the whole marquee is closed to the wind and that all run off skirts are pegged to the ground ensuring that no wind can get inside the marquee.

Ensure when erecting or packing away a marquee with window panels that the panels are at room temperature before being folded or unfolded to avoid the clear window PVC from splitting.

Never Jet Wash marquee panels… The water will be forced under the UV coating and then this coating will detach from the PVC.

Always put a marquee away dry.

Never Jet Wash
Never Jet Wash PVC Panels


Ensure that wherever possible your marquee is stored at room temperature, where this is not possible, try to ensure that the window panels are stored at room temperature and at the very least, warm window panels to room temperature the day before unfolding them to fit to the marquee.

If a marquee is stored in a garage, shed or barn, ensure that the marquee is stored off the ground and is covered with sheet or tarp. If you do not have the storage bags and boxes for your marquee, then the poles and joints and side panels will all go back into the boxes it was supplied in. Please the pole boxes down first (Raised off the ground) and lay the joints and sides/ends boxes on top of these, your roof will most likely not fit back in the box once you have used it, so fold this and lay it on top and cover with a tarp


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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Jan

    Thanks for this, just what i needed and very clear and understandable

    All the best.

  2. Heather Potts

    How can i get black spots off the outside of the marquee roof please.

    1. adminbigmarquee

      Black spots on the surface of the marquee panel, are caused by putting the marquee panel away when it is still wet, the water will sit and sweat on the panel and then cause mildew. If you ensure that the panels are cleaned and then dried before putting them away, this will not happen and your panels will be clean and bright when you next come to use them.

  3. Darren Booth

    I clean mine off with a wet towel and some washing up liquid and it works a treat 🙂

  4. Martin Webb

    Great Advice Here. We always made sure that ours was dry before we put away, we have had now for 11 years and it still looks great every time we use it.

  5. Denger

    These are so much better than the old canvas marquees.

  6. ThomasReows

    This information is very informative, I didn’t buy my marquee from you, but i should have! Where i bought from had no information on cleaning at all.

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