How To Care For Your Awnings

How To Care For Your Awnings

Your awnings represent a significant investment that you’ve made in the structure of your home or business. While they can last for years, it is important to make sure that you are taking care of them properly. Follow these suggestions to make sure that your awning last through all types of weather.

1. Clean your awnings regularly. Removing dirt and debris is the best way to make sure they don’t get stained or mildewed. Using a hose is often the easiest way, but it might be a good idea to add some mild soap to remove particularly baked on dirt. Of course, do a spot test first to see if the soap is right for your awnings (typically vinyl coated awnings are fine with most soaps). Clean the back or “under” side of your awnings with a broom to remove wet leaves and other debris. Make sure the awnings dry thoroughly.

2. Trim back bushes, vines, and trees. Plants that drop leaves or sap can harm your awning fabric. Organic substances tend to be slightly acidic, which can destroy fabric over time. By trimming back the trees, you’ll ensure that the leaves don’t land on your awnings.

3. Don’t drag your awnings on the ground. When you take down your awnings for the season or to clean them, do not drag the fabric across bought surfaces such as sidewalks or driveways. This will wear down the fabric, eventually causing it to tear.

4. Watch out for sprays. Sunscreen, bug spray, and other chemicals can all damage the fabric of your awnings.

5. Most importantly, be aware of water. Storing your awnings when they’re wet can cause them to mildew and mold. Allowing water to pool on the awnings can cause the fabric to stretch and weaken, eventually causing it to leak.

With proper care, your awning should last for years. Keep them away from obvious sources of dirt and debris, and make sure that they are clean and dry before storing them for the season.

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