Easy Awning Repair and Maintenance Tips
Maintaining your awning through regular rinses and proper storage is the best way to prevent damage. But once an awning has been worn down, repairs become an important step in preventing further deterioration. In the case of small stains or holes, you may be able to make the repairs yourself; and we’ll tell you how. If the damage is more serious, contact an awning professional to explore your options.
Best Approaches to Easy Awning Repair
To repair a small hole in an awning, begin by wiping the awning down with a warm rag. Once the fabric has dried completely, use either white silicone caulk (for light fabric) or clear caulk (for dark fabric) to begin patching the hole from the underside. Once the caulk has dried, apply caulk from the top of the awning, as well. Another method for repairing small tears is to use awning repair tape.
Awning tape is clear and can be used on any color fabric, though some types of tape are specialized for use on either canvas or vinyl material. It’s important to clean the area before applying the tape; use a 50/50 alcohol and water solution to wash the fabric, and allow it to dry completely. Place a flat surface underneath the tear to steady the fabric as you carefully apply the tape. Never try to adjust or remove the tape once it’s been applied.
Stains on your awning should be treated as quickly as possible. Gentle soaps are least likely to damage the fabric of your awning. For stubborn stains, try applying a mixture of hot water and baking soda. Let the mixture sit a few moments, then rinse it thoroughly and let air dry. Bird droppings can be treated similarly; try Goo Gone Grease Cutter.
If left unwashed an awning can grow mildew—even on mildew-resistant fabric, even in the desert climate of Phoenix. Begin treating the mildew by removing as much of it as possible using a scraper or paper towel. Using a bristled brush, scrub the area with water and a mild soap. Rinse the surface thoroughly. Though bleach is commonly used to treat mildew, it may damage the fabric of your awning. Instead, apply a 50/50 solution of water and rubbing alcohol to the area, rinse thoroughly and let air dry.
Stubborn stains can be sprinkled with baking soda, let sit, then rinsed.
Awning Repair and Maintenance
Although awning damage is the last thing anyone wants, when dealing with the outside elements it can be inevitable. Following these easy maintenance and repair tips will not only help increase the life of your awning, but also save you money.