Monday, November 30, 2015

Maintaining Your Awning This Winter

To protect your awning from damages resulting from strong winds, snow, ice, and colder temperatures, you will need to winterize them before storing. If done correctly, a quick winter prep routine will ensure that your awnings are fresh and ready to use when spring comes around. Follow these simple steps to get your awning ready for the winter.

• Brush any dirt, debris, or leaves off of your awning. Start from the top and work your way down.
• Hose the awning off to get rid of any leftover dirt and debris. Use a soft-bristled brush to remove tough stains and dirt spots.
• To get rid of stubborn stains, dissolve a mild soap in a bucket of warm water. Dip a brush in the warm, soapy water and use it to scrub your awning. To keep your brush soft, make sure that you continue to dip it in the soapy water as needed. Rinse thoroughly after with a hose.
• Allow the awning to air out until it is completely dry. Avoid rolling it up when it is still damp; this will encourage mildew and mold growth.
• If your awning has a hanging valance, remove it. You can follow the same steps above to clean the valance.

Completely retract the awning. Check for any loose or hanging fabric which might tear or flap while your awning is stored away. Tie or tuck the fabric out of the way for extra protection.