How to Clean Your Awning

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When manufacturing our awnings, we use state of the art technology to help protect the fabric from the elements.   With this protection, our awnings do not need seasonal removal, but being left out year-round means that more dirt and debris will collect on the awning.  With regular cleaning, however, you can keep your awning looking great.  Cleaning is easy to do too.  It can be done while you’re awning is still on its frame.   Just make sure that the awning is completely dry before you start to clean it.  Otherwise, you could smear the dirt into the awning.

Regular cleaning

Regular cleaning helps to remove dirt and debris before it becomes embedded into the awning.  With the awning still on the frame and completely dry, take a soft brush to brush off any loose dirt.  Then hose off the awning with water. Regular cleaning is as simple as that!

Spot Cleaning

For stains that persist after a regular cleaning, you can use a solution of mild soap mixed with water.  Woolite or Dawn dishwashing liquid soap will work to scrub out tougher stains.  With a soft brush or cloth, scrub the solution into the stain, and allow it to soak through the fabric.  Then, thoroughly rinse the awning to remove all the soap and its residue, and allow the awning to air dry.   

Stubborn Stains or Mildew

Although our awning fabric resists mildew growth, in some cases, mildew may grow on the dirt clinging to your fabric.  This is one of the reasons why it’s important to keep up with regular cleaning.  If you do start to notice some mold or mildew, prepare a solution of 1 cup bleach and ¼ cup mild soap (Woolite or Dawn dishwashing liquid) per gallon of clean water.  Allow it to soak into the fabric for 15 minutes, and then clean with a soft bristled brush.   Again, rinse thoroughly until all the soap and residue is removed from the awning and let it air dry.  During this process, be extra careful with the bleach.  An accidental spill could ruin anything the bleach touches—clothes, outdoor décor, or your awning if the bleach is not diluted enough.

While cleaning your awning, do NOT

  • Use detergent
  • Use steam
  • Use power washers
  • Have your awning dry-cleaned

Following these simple steps will help your awning last longer and continue to look great.  There are a few professional awning cleaners available, but if you choose to hire one, make sure that they are knowledgeable and experienced with your particular awning fabric.  Check out our fabric page for more information about our fabric and how to clean it.

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