Awnings protect your home and business premises from the elements. As these are exposed to various weather phenomena, they can easily become soiled. Therefore, you have to regularly clean an awning from dust and dirt. Proper cleaning is therefore important to keep an awning looking new and lasting longer. But how should you clean your awning? We want to help you with that and shed some light on it with the following tips…
Tips for cleaning awnings
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You can use these tips to clean your awning
Dust, dirt, pollen and leaves can soil your awning. Bird droppings are another big problem. It can cause discolouration on almost all materials. You should wash them off as soon as you spot them.
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Both metal and fabric awnings need to be washed. If you clean them once or twice a year, they’ll still look good. In some cases, frequent cleaning is also highly recommended.
Below we give you some useful tips on how to clean your awning. Just keep reading…
Learn how to properly care for your awning
Rinse the awning regularly
Both metal and fabric awnings should be rinsed at least once a year to remove dirt and dust that has built up on them. You can use a regular garden hose for this. You will likely need to climb a ladder to reach the top of the awning. If there are trees near the awning, you will need to rinse them more often. Frequent rinsing prevents dirt from settling.
Regularly remove leaves and dirt
Wash your awning with a soapy solution
If the awning still looks dirty after rinsing, you need to wash it with a soapy solution and a brush. If it is made of fabric, you should use a mild detergent solution to clean it. Brush the awning with a soft bristle brush. Do not use a stiff bristled brush as it may damage the waterproof coating of the awning. And when the fabric is old, a hard brush can damage the fabric itself.
A brush of the kind used for car washing is also suitable for cleaning a metal awning. Use a mild detergent or soap to wash metal awnings.
This is how you can successfully clean your awning
Awning care is of great importance for your comfort in summer
dealing with pollution
Deposits can settle on the awnings over time. You should remove twigs and other large debris as soon as you spot them. If there are trees within a few meters of the awnings, you will probably need to cut off the branches. This is important to keep the awning relatively clean.
Pollen can also be deposited on the awning. You should brush these off as soon as you see them.
This is how you get rid of the annoying dirt!
When mild soap or detergents fail to remove residue or gummy buildup, you may need to resort to stain treatments. For fabric awnings, soak the soiled area with a fabric cleaner for ten to fifteen minutes. Gently brush and then rinse. Use vinegar or a household hob cleaner to remove the sooty deposits on your aluminum awnings.
If you have a fabric awning, avoid grilling near the awning. The awning could catch fire. Even if it doesn’t catch fire, heat and fire can damage the awning with grease and soot.
Choose a suitable cleaning agent
While you can pressure wash your awnings, this is not a recommended method. If pressure cleaning is not done carefully, it can damage the fabric.
Vinyl awnings need scrubbing. Make sure you’re using the right cleaner. Otherwise, scrubbing will be for nothing.
Enjoy the coming summer season under the shade of your awning and have a happy summer!
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