Cleaning and Maintenance
Routine Cleaning and Maintenance to Entend the Life of vinyl Awnings
The required maintenance and clearing measures will vary based on the materials of the awnings. As the awnings are normally made of vinyl or similar woven acrylic fabric, these needs to be cleaned in a specifically using a solution made of 1/4 cup of dish soap, 1/4 cup bleach, and 5 gallons of water.
Cleaning Vinyl Awnings
Prepare a mixture by adding 1/4 cup of dish soap and 1/4 cup of bleach to 5 gallons of water.
Extend the Vinyl awning completely. Use a clean sponge to apply the mixture on top of the awning. Now retract the awning and allow it to remain retracted for about five minutes. The process will help in applying the mixture on both sides of the vinyl awnings.
Keep the awning in an extended state and use a garden hose to rinse the entire awning. If you are not satisfied with the results, it is advisable to repeat the process of applying the mixture, and rinsing the awning.
Once the cleaning process is over, the awning needs to be completely dried up before being installed or stored.
Cleaning Woven Acrylic Fabric Awnings
The woven acrylic fabric awnings can be cleaned using a mixture made by combining 1/4 cup of dish soap, 1/4 cup of bleach and 5 gallons of water. However, the cleaning process has to be started by extending the awning.
After extending the awnings, use a garden hose to apply the mixture and rinse the fabric. But you must remain some amount of caution while cleaning the awnings and ensure that you are nit scrubbing the awning or touching the underside of the woven acrylic fabrics.
Once the awning is clean, allow it to dry complete. Now you can store the awnings or reinstall the accessories to get shade.
Both types of awnings need to be extended when they are still wet. Buy you must allow adequate time to the awning to become completely dry and prevent mildew formation.
The acrylic fabric of your awning is not designed to support the load of water pooling on the fabric so when you know it is going to rain it is best to retract your awning. It is the easiest way to keep it clean and damage free. If you happen to leave the awning out in the rain, don’t worry, just remember to let it dry out in the sun after the storms have passed. Retracting a wet awning can result in mildew that will damage your awning fabric.
Cleaning Your Awning
Along with regular care for your awning, it is important to give your awning a good cleaning once or twice a year.
Use these steps when cleaning your awning:
- Brush off loose dirt
- Hose down the entire awning surface using a garden hose—do NOT use a power washer
- Use a mild soap to brush and scrub the surface
- Allow the cleaning solution to soak into the fabric
- Take extra care in removing stains
- Rinse thoroughly
- Let it air dry