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Caring for a Retractable Awning

When spring arrives, you want to be able to open your retractable awning and enjoy the outdoors. To keep it looking its best and to have it last longer, take the time to do an annual inspection and cleaning of your awning.

Annual Cleaning

With the awning open, sweep or brush down the fabric to remove loose debris and dirt. Then hose down the fabric, and wash it with a soft brush and mild soap. Use hot water, about 100 degrees F, and make sure you use soap, not detergent, to remove stains on the fabric. Rinse thoroughly. Let the fabric completely dry before retracting, and don’t let water pool on top of the fabric. If you have any folds where water might catch, inspect it for mold.

It’s recommended that you start at the bottom and work up toward the top. If you miss a spot, it may show when the fabric is dry. Doing this once a month through the warmer months make cleaning the awning next year that much easier.

Trim shrubbery away from the awning. Vines and trees contain acid that can damage the awning. This is also a good time to check for rust. Even though the materials of the awning are designed to prevent rust, if you check and actually find rust, catching it sooner means you can take care of it quicker..

Check the gears and the motor to ensure they’re working properly. The fabric should roll off the top of the roller, not from underneath.

The framework has a durable finish, and the joints are designed to be self-lubricating, so that minimal maintenance is required. You may want to wipe off the framework with a soft cloth to keep it looking its best.

Storing Your Awning

If you store your awning during the winter months, don’t store it in a plastic wrap where mold and mildew can accumulate when moisture gets trapped. Storing it will keep it safe from harsh winter elements and squirrels.

Keep your retractable awning clean, so that you and your family can enjoy it for years to come.