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Cleaning Mildew from Retractable Awnings

Keeping your retractable awnings clean and free of mildew will ensure that they provide shade for your home or business for many years. Over time, rain and moisture will cause mildew to develop on your retractable awning. Follow these easy cleaning steps to prevent buildup of mildew.

Spraying Down the Awning Regularly

The best way to prevent mildew from developing on your retractable awnings is to spray them down at least twice a month. Because mildew grows on the dirt that accumulates on your retractable awning, keeping your awnings free of dirt is important. Usually warm water is enough to clean your awnings.

Do not use abrasive detergents as these may strip away the protective coatings designed to prevent dust from building up on your awning. The best way to prevent mildew build up on your retractable awning is to practice preventable measures.

Chemically Killing Mildew

If you have mildew on your retractable awnings, consider investing in a mildew remover. Do not use harsh chemicals such as bleach. Although bleach will kill the mildew, it will also cause the fabric of your awning to become discolored.  A garden hose can be used to wet your awnings and ensure that the mildew remover is adequately applied. Allow the milder remover to soak into the awning for several minutes.

Once you are satisfied that the mildew remover has soaked in good enough, spray off the excess with your garden hose. Scrub gently and allow your awning to completely dry in the sun. Be careful not to scrub too hard as this can cause permanent damage to your retractable awning.

A retractable awning is a great investment when you wish to entertain guests or to simply have a shaded area from the sun. By following these simple steps, your retractable awnings will continue to provide ample shade for many years to come!