Outdoor awnings are a great shade solution for homes and living spaces. They are visually pleasing and come in a variety of different colors and materials. In order for your awning to keep looking its best and have long life it is important to keep it well maintained. Here are a few tips to keep your awning in tip top shape:
Scheduling regular cleaning of your awning is the key to it looking its best. Regularly brush off dirt and debris with a stiff brush or broom, and treat stains such as dirt, bird droppings and water marks, as soon as you possibly can. When you notice a buildup of dirt, thoroughly wash your awning using mild soad, lukewarm water and a brush, or the suggested cleaning solution in your awning manual, if your awning came with one. Neglecting cleaning when there is a buildup of dirt can lead to problems with staining and mildew, so it important to keep on top of any buildup. After washing, allow your awning to air dry and then treat with a fabric guard to create a barrier between the material and the elements. Make sure you do not wind your awning back in until you are sure it is 100% dry, and the fabric guard is set.
Reproofing your awning with a reproofing wax will ensure a long life for your awning material. Reproofing wax comes in a can form, and although time consuming and fairly messy, it will extend the life of your awning material considerably.
Inspect your awning for any problems or damage before they escalate. If you notice any problems with the frame such as chipped off paint, or difficulty opening and shutting, deal with it as soon as possible. Paint over areas where the paint has chipped off as soon as possible to prevent rusting. Oil any sections of the frame that seem to be sticking. Repair any rips or tears as soon as they occur to prevent wind and rain from tearing the area further, and keep an awning repair kit at home for any time this arises. Regularly brush off dirt and debris from the frame using a broom.
During winter months, or times when not in much use, consider removing your awning all together. That way you reduce wear and tear and unnecessary maintenance. Clean your awning before storing, and make sure there is no dirt and debris on the material or framework, then store in a dry location in order to protect against mildew.
Keeping a regular check on your awning will ensure it will keep looking good as well as functioning correctly. It is a good idea to make sure that when first installing an awning that you choose a specialized company to help you evaluate what is the best option for your home, as well as instructing you in your awning ongoing care and maintenance. Specialized companies can be found in your local directory or online, usually under headings such as blinds, curtains and awnings. A well-chosen and expertly installed awning is the first step in having a long lasting structure. After that, it's down to you to keep it well-maintained, or to schedule a company or handyman to carry out the maintenance work on your behalf.
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