How To Properly Care And Clean Your Retractable Shade Awning
Summer is fast approaching, which means it’s time to open up your retractable awning and enjoy yourself comfortably outside. However, before you do so, you should ensure your retractable awning is cleaned and ready to go. Regular maintenance and care for your awning should be applied yearly to ensure it remains in peak condition. This ensures the structure of your investment, as well as your comfort and safety.
Fortunately, the cleaning process is relatively simple, straightforward and quick. With the right tools and equipment, you can freshen up the awning fabric with ease. Read on to learn more about how to properly care and clean your retractable awning for the summer.
How To Clean The Awning
Use a broom to remove any debris and dirt from the surface of the awning. You should apply this quick cleaning process monthly to remove debris build-up. Start from the bottom upwards, then hose down the awning framework and the surface. Apply mild natural, non-invasive soap to a soft brush and warm water to really clean and break down any build-up. Avoid using detergents or any harsh and abrasive soaps on the framework.
If any soap is left on the fabric, it will likely leave marks on the material. After you wipe it down, allow the fabric to air dry before you retract it. Use this rinsing method at least once a month. Keep all shrubbery and branches trimmed away from your awning as the acid from them could significantly damage the awning fabric. You should also inspect your awning for any indications of rust that could lead to stains on the fabric.
Opening The Awning
After you’ve completed a thorough cleaning, you can open your retractable awning. To do so, turn the gear by cranking the handle in the specific direction to extend the awning or lower the motorized blinds. You will turn the handle in the opposite direction when retracting. Once the lateral arms of the framework are flexed, it will lock in position once completely extended but will never extend to be completely straight. Trying to do so will break or damage the awning. Therefore, when opening it up, be careful not to roll out the material past the gear stops where the elbows have locked.
Storage For Winter
When it’s time for you to retract the awning for the winter, there are certain measures to consider. If the awning has a hanging valance, you should remove it from the front bar. For other awnings, ensure the fabric is clean and dry completely before retracting it. You will have to wipe down the frame and material with a cloth and lukewarm water with soap. Allow the awning to dry and retract it.
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