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How to Clean an Awning

It’s the perfect time to take out your awning, but what if it is dirty? Cleaning your awning made from acrylic fabrics can be easy with these tips.

While the awning is on the frame, you can conduct light cleaning. Brush off loose dirt with a soft bristle brush. Hose down fabrics on a monthly basis with clean water, which helps prevent dirt from becoming deeply embedded in the fabric and eliminates the need for more thorough cleaning. Typically, a thorough cleaning of your awning will be needed every two to three years.

For tough cleaning jobs to get rid of dirt and mildew, prepare a cleaning solution of water and mild soap or dishwashing liquid. Use a soft bristle brush to scrub away dirt and debris. Allow the homemade cleaning solution to soak into the awning fabric. Rinse thoroughly until all soap is removed. Let the wet awning air dry. If you are dealing with stubborn stains that don’t seem to go away, you can use a diluted bleach/soap mixture for spot cleaning of mildew. For roof run-off or other similar stains, a strong degreaser may be required.

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    Deborah Hill
    March 7, 2019

    Thanks for the tips. The main purpose of an awning is to protect what’s underneath from the elements, especially sun and rain. Because these protective fabrics are exposed to so much water and organic matter, they’re susceptible to mildew, which can ruin an awning if it’s not cleaned properly and promptly.

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    Skyler Williams
    July 26, 2019

    I had no idea that I should do a thorough cleaning of my awning every two years or so. My husband and I are thinking of purchasing an awning for our camper so that we can travel this summer and be protected from the sun while we relax. I will keep your cleaning tip in mind as we search for the right awning for our camper.

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