You can keep your awning in great shape for many years to come by doing a little routine awning care. In some cases, the material used for an awning will be mildew-resistant, but that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook from occasionally cleaning it. If dirt accumulates on a canvas awning, it can give way to mold and mildew. That not only poses a health risk, but detracts from the aesthetic value of your awning, as mildew can stain the awning’s fabric.
Hosing down your awning
One of the simplest, but most effective ways of caring for your awning is to give it a monthly hosing with water. Doing so helps keep dirt from becoming embedded deep within the fabric, which will necessitate more robust cleaning efforts. While a monthly rinse is good practice, you might still want to consider a more thorough cleaning for your awning every two to three years.
Vigorous cleaning methods
Depending on the size and type of awning you have, you may be able to clean the fabric while it’s still on the frame, or remove it and clean it in a washing machine. If you plan to use a washing machine, use mild soaps, cold or lukewarm water, and air dry the fabric. Always follow the manufacturer’s advise as well, when it comes to washing your awning fabric.
To clean the awning fabric while it’s still on the frame, start by brushing off any loose dirt or debris, then hose down the fabric with water. Next, create a cleaning solution of water and mild soap. Apply the solution to the fabric and use a soft-bristled brush to clean. Rinse off the solution thoroughly and let your fabric air dry.
Cleaning the underside
While the top of your awning is exposed to the elements, don’t forget that dirt, dust, and cobwebs can accumulate on the underside as well. Regularly brushing the underside of your awning with a broom is a simple and effective way to keep it in good condition.
Placement and patch-ups
If at all possible, keep canvas awnings away from trees, shrubs, and vines. Many trees, shrubs, bushes, and vines contain an acid that can damage the canvas awning material. Prolonged exposure to this acid can create defects in your awning which will negatively impact both its appearance and performance.
Also keep an eye out for any small rips or tears in your awning’s fabric. Even small tears can become large ones, so use repair tape to close them up at first sight.
Take care when it’s cold and wet
Canvas awnings can be damaged when rolled or unrolled in cold temperatures. The movement of the canvas in cold weather can lead to cracks.
Also keep in mind that water pooling in spots of your awning can cause the canvas to stretch, leading to a poor fit on the awning’s frame. After a heavy rainfall, have a look at your awning to check if water has pooled in any pockets. If it has, try pushing the underside of the awning with a broom to remove any standing water.
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