Ten Tips on How to Clean Retractable Awnings 

28 September 2023
Daniel Brits

Cleaning a retractable awning does not require advanced skills, but it does call for some care and regular maintenance to keep it looking good. Here are steps to help you clean and maintain your retractable awning:

1. Gather Your Supplies: You will need a bucket of soapy water. You can use a mild detergent or awning-specific cleaner. Additionally, you will need a soft bristle brush, a hose with a gentle spray nozzle, and a ladder if necessary.

2. Prepare the Area: Before you start cleaning, remove any debris like leaves and twigs from the awning and the surrounding area. This will prevent further dirt from falling onto the awning during the cleaning process.

3. Extend the Awning: Fully extend the retractable awning to its maximum length. This makes it easier to access and clean the entire surface.

4. Brush Away Loose Debris: Use a soft bristle brush to gently sweep away loose dirt, dust, and debris from the awning. Be careful not to use excessive force to avoid damaging the fabric.

5. Soap and Water Cleaning: Mix a mild detergent with water in a bucket to create soapy water. Dip the brush into the soapy water and gently scrub the awning, paying extra attention to any areas with stains or spots. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive brushes as they can damage the fabric.

6. Rinse Thoroughly: Use a hose with a gentle spray nozzle to rinse the awning thoroughly. Make sure all soap residue is washed away.

7. Check for Mould or Mildew: If you notice any mould or mildew on the awning, you may need to use a specialized mildew remover. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for any cleaning products. You can also mix water and vinegar as a cleaning agent.

8. Let it Dry: Allow the awning to air dry completely before retracting it. Do not retract the awning if it is still damp, as this can lead to mildew growth.

9. Regular Maintenance: To prevent the need for deep cleaning, perform regular maintenance. This includes brushing off debris and cleaning stains promptly when they occur. Also, consider applying a fabric protectant or sealant to help repel dirt and water. 

10. Seasonal Inspection: Inspect your awning at the beginning and end of each season for any signs of damage or wear. Address any issues promptly to extend the awning’s lifespan.

Conclusion

By following these steps and maintaining your retractable awning regularly, you can keep it looking good and functioning well throughout the year, even in varying weather conditions and exposure to environmental elements. Get your awning here!

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