Cleaning your Canvas Awnings

canvas awnings over a bright and sunny day

Looking to maintain your canvas awnings in Sydney?

Canvas awnings are some of the most effective window treatments that you can get for your home. These awnings are very durable and offer excellent protection against the elements. That said, you do have to make sure that you clean it regularly so as to make the most out of it’s service life. Where do we start?

General instructions for cleaning canvas window awnings

Now ideally, you’d want to clean your window awnings in Sydney at least a few times each year. Grime and dirt can accumulate on its surface which can contribute to “fading” and greatly reduces its lifetime.

As for cleaning your canvas window awnings, these general instructions should help you get started:

  • Secure the area where your canvas awning is located and ensure that it is free from obstacles that may cause an accident.
  • Get a ladder to reach the awning and gently sweep away dirt or debris that have accumulated on its surface using a long broom. While you’re at it, you might want to clean the roof as well. Check the gutters for twigs and fallen leaves as these may eventually find their way into your awning as it rots. Make sure that you clean the underside as well.
  • Using your garden hose , rinse and wash away any dirt that may still remain embedded in your canvas awning. You can then prepare a cleaning solution consisting of a a little bit of dish washing detergent and about 3 liters of water. Mix thoroughly and use it to scrub the awning clean starting from the bottom and work your way up towards the surface. Rinse everything and leave it to dry for an hour or so.
  • Apply a coat of water repellent; although this step isn’t really necessary, but doing so will help your canvas awnings resist moisture more effectively and combat the effects of fading.

So there you have it – a few simple instructions on cleaning your canvas awnings! Got a few more questions in mind? Perhaps you’re looking to get started with a good set of canvas awnings of your own? Call Shutters Australia today on 02 8858 0900 and check out our fine selections of window awnings at great and reasonable prices.