After years of our customer’s awnings looking great, our customers will sometimes come to us wondering how to clean awnings. Especially if you run a shop in a busy city, droppings from pigeons are unavoidable. If your awning is looking rough for wear and you’re currently looking for a new awning in and around the London area, check out our website! In this blog, we will discuss how to clean awnings and tips on how to maintain awnings. So without further ado, let’s get into it!
You will need
- Water and soap
- Waterproof spray
- A soft-bristled brush
How to clean your awnings
Use water and soap
There’s no need to buy expensive cleaning products for your awnings, in fact, it’s better not to as the chemicals can disturb the design or paint on the awnings. If your awning needs a deep clean and you don’t think water and soap is doing the trick, you can buy shampoo specifically for cleaning your awnings.
Scrub the fabric
Use a soft-bristled brush- nothing too hard as it may disturb the paint and design on the awning. If there is any tough dirt to get out of the awning, let the soap do all the work by leaving it on for half an hour and then scrub again.
Let the fabric dry naturally
It’s best to wait for a sunny day to air dry your awning so that when you retract to put it away it is completely dry. If you do this it means that rusting problems are avoided.
Treat the awning with waterproof spray
once the awning is completely dry, use a waterproof spray to prevent any mildew buildup and to avoid rotting on the fabric.
The alternative option
You may be able to put your awning in the washing machine if it’s small enough. Most awnings are bigger though, don’t try and squash it all in if it’s not possible!
How to clean your awnings – Things to avoid
You shouldn’t jet wash your awning
This can damage them. It may work for the short term, but you should never do it consistently.
Never barbeque under your awning
Rising heat and smoke can severely damage your awning.
Keep it relatively dry
An awning can stand a little rain, but it shouldn’t be retracted when it gets wet. If it does, leave it open until it dries and then retract the awning back.
Overgrowing plants around the awning can cause it to be restricted and it might get difficult to open. Some plants can also release chemicals, so if they’re too close to the awning they might harm the fabric.
Check for loose screws, bolts and frames
If you see anything loose, tighten them up to make sure everything is in place.
Check out for awning care guidelines
Each specific awning company will use different materials, it’s always best to check with them when they’re installing the awning.
How to clean your awnings- How often shall I clean my awning?
You should clean your awning once a year to keep it in pristine condition for a longer period of time. Or, you can simply take a look at it! You will be able to tell when, as it will look like it’s rusting or dirty.
We hope you liked our blog ‘How to clean your awnings’. If you have an awning from us and you have any problems, feel free to contact us and we’ll tell you how to fix it. Additionally, if you’re looking for a new awning as yours is getting too old, let us know and we can arrange it as soon as possible. Take a look at our website now to have a chat! We look forward to hearing from you.