If you own a retractable awning, you want to keep it in the best shape possible. After all, it is outdoors and exposed to the elements constantly. Whether it’s harsh sunlight, rain and wind, or dirt, dust and outdoor animals like birds and squirrels, your awning is gets exposed to quite a bit day after day. That’s why it’s important to put a little time into caring for your awning and making sure it stays clean. Check out these tips for maintaining your retractable awning and keeping it looking great and in tip-top shape.
Use Commercial Awning Cleaners
When you find that you have a stain on your awning or there is mildew on it, use a commercial cleaner that is created for awning fabrics. Spraying the inside and outside with the cleaner, rolling it, and letting it sit distributes the cleaner over the fabric surface, letting it work its way in. Then, open after a while and rinse the fabric with a hose.
Inspect Retractable Awnings for Mildew or Stains When First Opening
When you open your retractable awning for the first time after storing it, inspect the fabric to make sure there aren’t any stains or areas where mildew has developed. Awnings do sometimes get some mildew, but a quick wash with warm water and mild dish soap will usually do the trick to get rid of it. You can also prevent dirt from being embedded in the fabric by rinsing it with a hose. Avoid scrubbing, which can remove the water-resistant finish. If there are any tough stains, be sure to use a soft-bristle brush and wipe it very gently while removing it.
Make Sure There Aren’t Any Tears
It’s always good to check your awning fabric for any signs of wear and tear. If necessary, you can find materials to patch or repair the fabric, preventing any further damage. Be sure to also take a close look at the stitching to spot any loose or torn areas before it becomes a serious issue.
Avoid Storing While Wet
If you store your retractable awning while it is wet, you run the risk of it developing mildew or having the material on it rot. Always make sure it is dry on both sides before retracting it. If you are taking the awning off for the winter months to store it indoors, be sure to place it in a dry area where it won’t be exposed to any moisture. Wrap it in a sheet or plastic for extra protection.
Store in Travel Mode
Don’t leave your awning out unattended. When you are leaving your home or business, always store your retractable awning in travel position. This is especially important if you’ll be going away on vacation for an extended period.
With these simple tips, it should be easy to keep your Eclipse retractable awning performing well and looking stylish for many years. For more information about Eclipse Shading Systems and to find a local dealer near you, call Eclipse at (800) 501-3850.