After a winter of being cooped up inside because of Covid, I’m sure we are all ready to do some relaxing in the sun. Before we start enjoying our awning there are a few things we need to do to make sure our investments lasts for the years to come. We are going to assume you followed the steps we listed in our post about how to winterize your fabric awnings and get right into the steps we should take this spring. A good amount of the stuff we should do are the same steps we took in the fall only because we winterized our residential or commercial awning correctly this should take less than half the time.
- Extend your retractable awning completely if you are working on a fixed fabric awning then layout the fabric on an area free of debris and dirt.
- Remove any dirt or debris from the awning that might have collected during the winter months. Make sure to start from the top edge of the awning and work your way down toward the bottom edge.
- Inspect the fabric for any discolorations or stains. Pay close attention to any areas that may be susceptible to build-up.
- Hose off the awning to remove dirt that is stuck. You can use a soft-bristled brush to get out stains or dirt spots.
- In a bucket mix a small amount of mild dish soap in warm water to eliminate stubborn stains. Scrub the awning in a back and forth motion. Be sure to keep the brush damp and rinse frequently to avoid spreading the dirt around. Rinse the awning thoroughly with the hose.
- If your awning has a hanging valance remove it. Clean the valance by hosing it down and scrub it with mild soap and a soft-bristled brush you used in step 3.
- Fully open your retractable awning and listen for any squeaky noises, if you hear any a gentle lubricant on all the hinges should clear it up. Be sure not to get any of the lubricants on the fabric
Don’t have an awning yet?