Installing awnings and blinds at your house not only add value to your home but are also an attractive feature. Like your windows and curtains, awnings and blinds do need maintenance. Mold, mildew and the natural elements, all over time may affect the lifespan and appearance of your awning. Regular cleaning and upkeep will make sure you awning lasts for at least twenty years and will remain an attractive feature and not an eyesore.
Most awnings these days are made with high quality fabrics and up to date technology. But as an out-door product designed to protect your house from the sun and the elements it would be unreasonable not to expect it to get dirty over time. By not allowing dirt, grime, dust and leaves and animal waste to build up on your awning your will increase the time your awning provides you with the protection you paid for.
Regular checking of your awnings will alert you if anything is amiss. It is a good idea to check your awning after a storm or large winds. You will immediately know if there are leaves or other debris, which needs to be removed. A long-term build up of leaves on any awning will end up damaging it. You can avoid stains by wiping bird droppings and mildew regularly. By brushing your awning with a soft brush and hosing occasionally with cold water you will avoid the need for deeper cleans and professional maintenance. The brushing action removes the dust particles and other foreign matter that may have become embedded in your awning. Failure to do so over a long period of time can lead to your awning ripping and having permanent damage.
To get the most out of your awning it is recommended that you do the following once a month. Begin by brushing off loose dirt and then hose down with cold water. If you have mildew or other stains clean with a solution of water and very mild soap or laundry detergent. Use a soft bristle brush to clean rather than a cloth. You should avoid vigorous rubbing or scrubbing. Once the cleaning solution has soaked into the fabric rinse it thoroughly. Make sure there is no soap residue left on the awning. And then allow your awning to dry naturally, do not use heated objects to try and dry it. Wait for it to be completely dry before you retract or roll your awning back up. Otherwise mold and mildew may reappear.
Unless otherwise instructed by the manufacturers you should avoid using harsh detergents and chemicals. A deeper cleaning should take place once a year. In very harsh winter climates it can be a good idea to dismantle your awnings to ensure the durability. Discuss this with the supplier when choosing the best type of awning for your environment.
It is important to remember that different awnings may have different cleaning instructions. If unsure, it is always best to check the manual or contact the supplier directly. With careful maintenance and regular cleaning your awning will not only continue to look good but also will last for many years. Feel free to call us at Ozsun with any questions you have about keeping your awning clean.