The Seasons are Changing, How to Maintain Your Awning
Summer has come to a close and the seasons are changing once again. You’ve been spending all summer cleaning your car after dust storms and rain, but have you checked on your awning?
These few tips will keep your awning in tip-top shape, ensuring it will serve you for many years to come.
Brush It Off
A quick sweep of the broom across your awning is a simple, effective way to keep dust, debris, cobwebs and more from collecting on your awning. Mildew can grow on dust particles of mildew resistant fabric, so make it a habit to run your broom along the corners and underside of the awning, as well as the top.
Give It A Rinse
Any dirt, grime or bird droppings spotted on your awning will be easier to remove if they’re cleaned as soon as possible. It’s a good idea to rinse your awning once a month with a hose. Avoid using any harsh chemical cleaners, which could damage or fade the fabric. To keep mildew from growing on your awning, always wait for it to dry completely before retracting it. Be sure water doesn’t puddle on your awning, which can also lead to mildew and stains.
Keep Shrubbery and Vines in Check
Vines and shrubbery contain acid that can damage fabric awnings. Keep an eye out for any plants that are growing close by, and clip any that might encroach upon the awning.
Look For Signs of Damage
Regularly give your awning a solid once-over for signs of damage. Rust, mildew, or slices in the fabric of your awning are easier to fix when caught early. Neglecting to fix any small damage will result in a larger problem down the road.
Store During Harsh Weather
High winds, especially, can be tough on your awning. Retract it during harsh weather, or when it’s not in use. Again, brushing, rinsing and drying your awning before storing it will prevent mildew growth.