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How to clean a marquee

Revitalize Your Marquee: A Cleaning Guide

With recent bouts of rain across the country, maintaining and cleaning your marquees becomes a top priority. Storing wet marquees accelerates aging, especially for windows. Let’s dive into effective cleaning methods for different types of dirt:

1. Splashed-on Dirt: This includes mud splatters, food stains, and leaves. For a power-packed clean, grab a power washer and a substantial tub of Traffic Film Remover (TFR), akin to concentrated washing up liquid, readily available from auto factors. Power wash the dirt off using diluted TFR. For stubborn marks, apply undiluted TFR, let it sit for 5-10 minutes, and then wash it off.

Pro Tip: Always carry a small tub of TFR in a plant spray with a cloth or sponge to every job, ensuring you can address accidental marks promptly.

2. Grey Film Build-Up: Over time, a grey film accumulates, making your marquee look aged. To remedy this, spray TFR generously over the affected area and let it sit for 5 minutes. Return and ‘irritate’ the grey film by using a stiff brush or broom. An electric floor cleaner can be handy for extensive cleaning tasks. Once done, power wash the entire area, and voilà – almost back to new!


  • For window material, avoid using a brush or floor cleaner to prevent scratches. Instead, thoroughly wipe transparent sections by hand.
  • If your marquee employs ‘pvc backed’ material, restrict the use of the brush/floor cleaner to the non-pvc backed side. Overzealous cleaning on the PVC backing may lead to flaking.

In essence, meticulous care extends the lifespan of your equipment, delaying the need for replacements and enhancing your overall service quality. A win-win for both you and your customers.