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How to keep your awning looking like new

Temperatures are rising and summer is just around the corner. We are more than ready for some outdoor fun. Practical aids such as awnings and sunshades that help protect us against the harmful rays of the sun are a real godsend. To ensure your awning stays in top condition for as long as possible, proper care is always the way to go.

Sunshade textiles are high performance products. They combine aesthetics with high tech and functionality. The technical textiles used are particularly sturdy, UV certified and enjoy a very long service life. This notwithstanding, there may be times when the dirt sticks to the fabric tarnishing its pristine, new look. Awnings can get dirty quickly or slowly depending on the weather. That is why you should always retract the awning in strong winds and before every downpour, at the latest. You should also regularly clear away any leaves and dust off the awning fabric. A thorough clean is also recommended once a year as a minimum. This will safeguard its overall aesthetic look and protective properties.

Preparation

It is worth looking at the weather forecast before you start cleaning your awning. The fabric will need a little time to dry, so you should schedule the cleaning before a dry, sunny spell of at least a few days. First remove any loose debris or dirt. Next moisten the awning fabric with clear, clean water from the garden hose. Do not use too high a pressure on the fabric, otherwise you might damage it.

Do not try to dry brush the stains out as you risk engraining the dirt into the fibres and getting it trapped in between the fibres.

Cleaning

Newer and light stains can be treated with a mild soapy solution made up of 5-10% mild detergent and lukewarm water (max. 40°C). Lather the solution and apply it to the stain with a sponge. Leave it to soak for approx. 20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with clean water until all the soap is gone. Repeat the above steps until the stain is no longer visible. After the fabric has been cleaned with water, it is essential that the clean fabric is completely dry before being retracted. If it isn’t, water stains will appear and you run the risk of mould and mildew forming.

Moss growth

If the awning is dirty and the stains become moist, moss will start growing on it.
Remove this as quickly as possible following the steps listed under Cleaning. Otherwise you will end up with mould stains and, in most cases, these cannot be fully removed. If this should happen, we would gladly advise you on a suitable replacement fabric.

Pollen

Pollen is best removed by carefully sucking it up with the upholstery brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner or lifting it off with adhesive tape.

Bird droppings

It’s not just that bird droppings look unsightly, they can also have a corrosive effect and discolour the fabric. That is why you must remove the droppings as quickly as possible and clean the awning fabric. Provided the dropping is still fresh, it can be easily removed with a damp cloth. If it has dried onto the fabric, moisten it with a solution of lukewarm water and a mild detergent, and then remove the loosened dropping with a soft cloth.

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