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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. 


Maintenance tips

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. 


Contact us 

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.

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