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Cleaning and Maintaining Your Home's New Retractable Fabric Awnings

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Now that the new retractable fabric awnings are installed on your home, you need to take steps to ensure that they are kept clean and regularly maintained.

Monthly Dirt and Cobweb Removal

Each month you should gently brush your home's awnings with a natural bristle broom. First brush the top of the awning to remove any accumulated dirt or leaves from its surface. Secondly, brush the underside of the awning and its hardware to remove any cobwebs that spiders have left since the last cleaning.

Once you have finished brushing, then you should wash the awning off with your garden hose. Start by washing the awning's lower surface, followed by washing the top of the awning. Wash the entire awning to ensure that it will dry looking even and uniformly clean. Leave the awning open until it is completely dry and then you can retract it.

Spring Cleaning with Soap and Water

Every spring you should plan to wash your home's new awnings with a mixture of mild soap and water to remove any dirt and grime that simply washing with water does not remove. Since awning fabrics are treated with water-resistant chemicals that can be damaged by household detergents, you should never wash your awning fabric with a detergent. If you do, then the awnings will lose their ability to repel water.

To clean the awnings with the soapy water, use a natural bristle brush to gently brush the awning material to release any trapped dirt. Do not scrub hard on the material because you could damage its fibers and make it look worn. Once you have finished brushing the entire awning with the soapy water, then you should rinse it with your garden hose. Start from the bottom and then wash the top to complete the job.

Check All of the Awning's Hardware for Rust or Damage

Finally, each time you clean your home's new awnings you should check each piece of their hardware to make sure that nothing is damaged or showing signs of rust. If you find any rust, you should sand it off with a piece of sandpaper and then coat the area with a metal protectant that you can purchase at your local hardware store. Rust can cause failure of the metal and it can also cause unsightly staining on your awning's fabric. For assistance with cleaning your awnings, talk to an awnings dealer such as