To prevent damage to your awning and keep it attractive and functional for many years to come, homeowners must perform annual awning maintenance approximately once a year. Regardless of the weather condition or time of year, your awning will eventually need some level of maintenance performed to keep it looking great. If you’re fortunate, you won’t have to do much of it yourself. If not, it may be worth considering a professional awning maintenance service. Here are some tips on what you can expect from regular maintenance.
A wide variety of awnings come with a series of accessories, ranging from handles, clips, bows, and trims. It can be difficult to keep track of all of these, especially if you live in an area where there is considerable wind. For this reason, it’s important to know when and to whom your awning maintenance should be performed. For outdoor patio awnings, the professionals take care of the intricate parts such as clips and other mechanisms. For indoor awnings, the key is to simply make sure your awning brush is clean and replaced regularly.
In addition to providing a point of contact for dirt, water, and pests, retractable patio awnings are built to last a long time. However, just like all things that require periodic maintenance, there are a few awning maintenance tips homeowners can follow to help them extend the life of their retractable awnings. For example:
Cleaning: Although you can usually wash your retractable awning with a garden hose, it’s best to get it really clean using a pressure washer. You want to make sure to only use water and a gentle pressure to wash off the awning fabric. If you’re not experienced at washing awnings, a professional might be able to help you with this process. Just make sure to check on your awning fabric periodically to make sure it hasn’t started to fade or get damaged by too much water exposure. Remember that awnings can become very delicate and damage from too much water could cause them to crack, tear, or even break.
Brushing: As mentioned above, a good pressure washer will help clean your awning and prevent stains and other damage. However, a regular household brush is just as effective. If possible, try to purchase a high-quality commercial brand pressure washer and a quality brush to go along with it. Commercial grade brushes will help loosen dirt and the awning fabric, preventing them from becoming too heavy or bulky to carry and use.
Coated Polyester Fabric: Just like any type of coat, awnings need to be cleaned and maintained to make sure they look great. A simple, basic awning maintenance tip is to wipe down the awning with a lint-free, absorbent towel and spray a mildew or citrus protector. If you are in an area where winter weather is common, make sure to have your awning coated polyester fabric professionally. This will help protect it during heavy downpours and heavy snowfalls. After coating, make sure to move it outside to allow the coating to dry.
Stains: Just like anything else, awnings can become stained. Whether it’s a soda spill or food color, using a citrus stain remover should be a simple process. If the stain is stubborn, such as red wine stains, then it may require the services of a professional awning maintenance technician. Although most awning fabrics are resistant to stain removal, removing the red wine stains may require a professional treatment. Using a mild dish soap and warm water, scrub the stain gently until it becomes lighter and the fabric comes out much easier.
Moisture: As a general rule, mildew growth should be removed by wiping down the awning and allowing it to dry. Mildew growth on a fabric is hard to remove without damaging it. If the growth is in an area that is often exposed to moisture, such as near a window or near a vent, using a mild detergent to wash the fabric can help prevent mold and mildew growth. Once a month, check the awning for moisture, if it feels wet or appears moist try spraying it down with a hose to remove the moisture. This should help keep it from getting moldy and mildew growth.