5 Ways to Get Your Awning Ready for Winter
Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to start thinking about how to prepare your retractable awning for the colder months. Good housekeeping of your awning can help protect it from the elements and make sure it’s ready for use in the spring. There’s nothing worse than going to open your awning in the spring and something breaks or tears. So, by using these five pre-winter care tips from Mesa Awning, you can ensure every part of your patio shade is protected and long-lasting.
1. Clean the Awning Fabric
The first step in preparing your retractable awning for winter is to clean the fabric. This chore includes dusting it and sweeping off any debris. Then you should wash the fabric thoroughly by using a mild detergent and water. Be sure to fully rinse the fabric afterward. Removing any and all soap will ensure that the fabric doesn’t fade or start to deteriorate during the colder months.
2. Take Down Removable Parts
If your retractable awning has any removable parts, such as side curtains or valances, now is the time to take them down and store them away. These parts can be easily damaged if they’re left up during the winter, so it’s best to remove them and store them safely until spring. You should also remove any temporary lighting or accessories you had hung up during the warmer months. Store these in a safe, dry place so they’re ready for use next year.
3. Check for Rips
Before folding up your retractable awning for the winter, it’s important to check for any rips or tears in the fabric. If you find any, have them repaired by a professional before storing the awning away. This will help prevent further damage and ensure that the fabric is in good condition when you take it out again next spring. The best time to look for rips or tears is while cleaning the awning. Once the fabric or material is clean, look for additional damage that may have been overlooked initially. This even includes any loose threads that could get caught in the mechanism and unravel your awning.
4. Allow the Awning to Dry
After cleaning the awning fabric, it’s important to allow it to dry completely before folding up the awning and putting it away. Folding up a wet awning can cause mold and mildew to form, which can damage the fabric over time. So be sure to give it plenty of time to dry before taking care of the next step. If you can plan your cleaning schedule, do so when you have a few days of nice weather. Rain and other elements will hinder your efforts to keep the awning dry before rolling it up for the winter.
5. Use a Winter Cover
Finally, the absolute best way to protect your retractable awning during the winter is to use a winter cover. This is a special cover that’s designed specifically to protect patio shades from the elements. It will keep snow, rain, and debris from getting on or near the fabric, which can cause damage over time. By giving your awning this added layer of protection, you ensure that ice and other water can’t seep into the fabric. You not only prevent mold growth, but you also make sure your awning lasts for years to come.
Call Mesa Awning for More Awning Tips & Tricks
Are you looking for more tips and tricks for awning care? Call Mesa Awning today! We proudly serve residents throughout Mesa, AZ, protecting patios and outdoor spaces with awnings, pergolas, and carports. For a free quote on all of our services, call us at (480) 969-4064. And follow our blog for more awning maintenance and care.