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Do's and Don'ts of Awning Care
Awning fabrics can suffer from dirt accumulations especially in a shady location, cleaning with a hose, soap, and soft brush will keep it looking fresh.
Did you know your awning is made of special fabric that has specific care instructions? Awning fabric is designed to withstand the elements and last. But this requires care on the part of the owner.
Awnings are usually made of specialty fabric like polyester, vinyl, acrylic, PVC-coated mesh fabric, or some composite. These fabrics are treated to withstand fire, repel mold and mildew and even be tear resistant. There is even waterproof awning fabric. Your material must be kept in reasonable condition so your colors don’t fade and your awning will last.
Maintaining awnings involves regular cleaning and inspection to ensure their longevity and functionality. Here are some steps to help you maintain your ceilings:
- Regular cleaning: Clean your awnings at least once or twice a year or more frequently if needed. Use a soft-bristle brush, mild detergent, and water to remove dirt, dust, and debris from the awning fabric. Gently scrub the fabric and rinse thoroughly with water. Avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the material.
- Check for mold or mildew: Inspect the awning fabric for any decay or mildew growth signs. Use a mixture of water and mildew cleaner formulated explicitly for awning fabrics if you notice any. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application and thoroughly rinse the material afterward.
- Address stains promptly: If you notice any stains on the fabric, treating them as soon as possible is best. Use a stain remover designed for awning fabrics or consult the manufacturer's recommendations. Test the cleaner on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn't cause discoloration or damage.
- Inspect the hardware: Check the awning's hardware, including brackets, bolts, and screws, for signs of wear or damage. Could you tighten any loose fittings and replace any damaged hardware? Lubricate moving parts, such as hinges or pulleys, with a silicone-based lubricant to ensure smooth operation.
- Trim nearby foliage: Trim any nearby trees, bushes, or plants that may come into contact with the awning. This helps prevent leaves, branches, or other debris from accumulating on the fabric and potentially causing damage./li>
- Retract during severe weather: In cases of strong winds, heavy rain, snow, or storms, retract your awning to protect it from potential damage. Most roofs are not designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, so it's better to be safe and abandon them when necessary.
- Store during the offseason: If you live in an area with harsh winters or extended periods of inactivity, consider storing the awning during the offseason. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for proper storage, including cleaning, drying, and folding the fabric correctly. Store it in a dry, well-ventilated area to prevent mildew or mold growth.
By following these maintenance tips, you can extend the lifespan of your awnings and keep them in good condition. Please take a look at the manufacturer's guidelines or contact a professional if you have questions or concerns about maintaining your particular type of awning.