Retractable canvas awnings enjoy growing popularity due to their durability and longevity. Homeowners who want to extend their living space install retractable awnings in their patio or terrace. To ensure that your retractable awning lasts for many years, it is important to know how to properly care for them.
Caring for retractable waterproof awnings is not as difficult as you may think. Since waterproof awnings repel and resist water from soaking into the fabric, simple tools and products can be used to ensure they perform their function—to provide shade and protection from the elements.
Ideally, homeowners use water repellent and mold and mildew resistant products for routine cleaning. Although waterproof awnings are mildew and mold resistant, this does not mean that you should not use cleaning products to ensure their longevity. The accumulation of dirt, dust, and other debris on top of awnings should be wiped away at least once a week to prevent the possible growth of mildew and moss.
If you have retractable or motorised canvas awnings, there are a few cleaning products that you need to use to ensure they retain their condition. The frames that give awnings its dome shape are made from steel, which makes them rust and corrosion resistant. Make sure to wipe excess water and moisture once weekly to maintain their shine, strength and durability.
You can use mild soap or detergent with water when cleaning retractable side awnings that feature a canvas fabric. You may also use mild disinfectants specifically formulated to clean canvas awnings.
For the underside of retractable awnings, you can simply use a broom or duster to remove any debris or dust that has accumulated over time.
Lastly, if you have motorised awnings, you need to be extra careful when cleaning them. Make sure the motorised components are not exposed to too many cleaning products as this may cause the circuit to jam during unrolling or unfolding.
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