If you have a retractable awning, it’s easy to keep it looking like new. Here’s what you need to know:
Keep an eye on weather forecasts.
Know when storms are likely to happen. A good time for cleaning is after a storm passes through because there won’t be any debris blowing around that could damage the fabric or hardware of your retractable awning.When will it be sunny enough? You may want to clean your retractable awning while it’s still cool outside (not too hot), so think about when the sun comes up in your area and how long into the day it stays out before setting again. If sunlight isn’t available during these times—either because clouds cover everything or because darkness has fallen—try another day instead!What kind of weather does my area get? If you live somewhere where rain frequently falls throughout the year (or even at certain times), chances are good that if rain happens while you’re cleaning, no amount of drying will save whatever is currently wet from getting ruined as well! The same goes for wind or snow; these conditions can wreak havoc on an unprotected roof as soon as they hit
Monitoring the weather is key to ensuring your retractable awning looks new. If you have one, you probably already know it’s important to keep an eye on forecast reports. If you don’t have one and are interested in adding one, here are some things to consider:
Secure your awning or retract it before a storm.
If you have a retractable awning, securing it is the best way to keep it from getting damaged.
To secure your retractable awning, tie down the rail around the outside of your home. If this is impossible or there’s no room for tying off, you can bring it inside and put it in storage until after the storm.
Keep your awning clean and dry.
Keep it clean and dry. If you have an awning that has been exposed to the elements, use a soft brush or cloth to remove dirt and debris from the fabric. Alternatively, you can use a mild soap or cleaning solution (such as mild dishwashing liquid) on the cloth to wipe down any stubborn stains. Don’t use abrasive cleaners—they’ll damage your retractable awning’s fabric!Replace damaged parts immediately if necessary. If your retractable patio shade has damaged parts (such as broken arms), call a professional to help repair them with new ones rather than trying to fix them yourself.
To keep your awning looking like new, follow these steps:
Make sure your awning is extended properly.Make sure your awning is extended properly.Keep an eye on the weather forecast. If there’s rain in the forecast, don’t forget to retract the awning before it begins to rain.Retract your awning before you leave home or go to bed at night so that it doesn’t get caught by surprise winds while you’re away.
You can also use our handy guide on closing and opening your retractable awning with just one hand!