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How to Clean Your Awning

Even the most durable awning can become a little dingy after months or years outside.  Give your shade a little TLC this spring/summer with a few simple tips from your local awning experts!  Today, we’ll share our recommendations on how to clean this versatile outdoor feature. So, you can continue to enjoy it for many seasons to come!

Tackle the Debris First

Whether you have a canvas awning, a vinyl awning, or even a metal version of this cover, try to work on the big stuff first.  If you notice any lingering leaves, branches, or other debris, don’t let them just sit there! Not only do we want these out of the way before the real cleaning begins, but you should also remove these items periodically.  Allowing them to weigh on your awning could cause mold, tears, and premature aging.  So, grab a broom and gently “sweep” the debris off your cover before moving onto the next steps.

Choose the Right Cleanser

Arguably, this is the most important part of the cleansing process for any awning.  If you choose the wrong cleaning agent, you could actually end up damaging your cover in the process.  Look for cleansers that mention your specific type of awning directly on the package.  That’ll save you a lot of hassle when it comes to both shopping and cleaning!  For aluminum awnings, we recommend solvents that advertise their ability to gently cleanse metal—effectively.  When it comes to vinyl, commercial cleansers are your best bet.  Especially if you start from the bottom and work your way to the top, you’ll see better results. Canvas awnings are the only ones that don’t require a specialized product.  If you really want to know what we recommend—it’s laundry soap.  Not laundry detergent, but soap.  And a mild version, at that.  Mix it with lukewarm water and you’ll be ready to go.

Water, Water Everywhere

Next, get your scrubbing brush out and prepare to apply a little elbow grease to the dingiest areas on your awning.  Mold, mildew, and other stuck-on grime may not come off with soap and water alone.  Speed up the cleaning process with scrubbing—just don’t go overboard.  You don’t want to cause unnecessary wear and tear while you’re at it.  Then, break out the hose and rinse all soapy surfaces thoroughly.  Although soap is an important part of the cleaning process, leaving some behind may cause spots or an overall film to form.  Ruining the revitalizing effect you were going for!

If the weather is right, you can let your awning air dry before enjoying it again (and again).  Hopefully, these tips will make your first experience cleaning an awning a pleasant one.  Just contact the experts at KCCS Construction if you need any repairs, replacements, or upgrades!  With our help, you can have shade on demand all spring and summer long.  We look forward to working with you!

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