The Proper Way To Clean Your Awnings

Over time, even the most weather-resistant, durable, and sturdy awning will require some sort of cleaning. Whether you possess home awning that could stand a touch of care or outside RV awning in serious need of a washing, there are a few different ways to approach this task. Before you clean your awning, you should know there are a couple of factors that will help determine the best course of action.

Before Cleaning the Awning

Before you seek out an assortment of cleaning products and possible equipment to take care of dirty, dusty, or visually damaged awning, familiarizing yourself with the precautions of each detergent or method is highly suggested. For example, since awning is made from a variety of materials, not all selections will react in the same manner to various cleaning approaches.

On the market, homeowners may find different ways to clean their retractable awning or awnings associated with their windows, patio, deck, or door. Different materials, such as canvas or vinyl are stretched across aluminum, steel, or wooden parts, which often require specialized care.

Knowing where the grime and dirt comes from will also affect the way and frequency that you clean your awning. Mother Nature is the worst culprit, as snow, wind, and rain can cause damage, as well as permanent stains when left to accumulate. Air pollution also affects the cleanliness of awning, especially in smog-filled cities. The best way to remove these elements is through scrubbing and proper cleaning agents.

If you already haven't abided by the manufacturers requirements regarding regular cleaning of your awning, you should note that under regular conditions, the shelf life of awning is extended through routine cleaning. Fabric awnings respond best when cleaned two to three times per year, while vinyl awnings usually require a good cleaning three to four times per year.

Equipment and Cleaning Products

To clean home awnings, it is important to select the proper cleaning chemicals that matches the specific type of material you are dealing with. Usually, the back of product packaging or the instructions on cleaning agents will identify the appropriate use of the chemicals.

To make sure a product isn't too strong for your awning, some people use a Q-tip to test the product on a small piece of fabric or material. Once the product passes the test, an excessive amount of dirt and buildup requires a gentle scrubbing. As you clean, it is suggested to start from the bottom to avoid streaking from chemicals running down the awning.

After applying the necessary cleansing products, some individuals are able to wash their awning from ground level when purchasing a pressure washer with a telescoping wand that rinses the awning with clean water. When using a pressure washer, it is important to avoid the highest settings, which can damage awning fabric. Any other techniques may require the use of a ladder to reach all areas. A regular garden hose also removes debris, cleaning products, and excess dirt.

The exterior of the awning is not the only part to focus on. The underbelly of the awning is just as important, as dead bugs, spider webs, and even bird's nests may accumulate over the years. Additional protection for both the outside and underbelly of awning includes sealers, UV-ray protectants, revinylizers, or waterproofing agents.

Cleaning RV Awnings

The typical measurement regarding an RV awning is 8' by 12' to 20'. When an individual attempts to clean the surface of this type of awning, they usually cannot reach more than 4 feet from the edge. This may pose an irritating dilemma for some. A common method of cleaning RV awning is to start out fully retracting the awning.

Next, it is suggested to pull out three feet of awning and with the use of a stepladder, clean along the entire length. Once this is complete, another three feet of awning should be pulled down and the cleaning process repeated until the entire awning is clean. Before retracting the awning, allow the surface to fully dry. To further protect awning, applying a light coat of treatment is suggested.