Window awnings can drop your cooling costs by up to 61%, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The heat reduction that awnings provide will keep your home feeling cooler in the summer. While you dream of sunshine during the winter, you should tuck away your awnings. Winterizing your awnings before putting them away will protects the fabric from damage due to cold temperatures, strong winds, ice and snow. Done correctly, a awning winter-prep routine leaves awnings looking fresh and ready to block the elements when spring finally returns.
- Brush off any leaves, dirt or debris from the awning. Make sure to start from the top edge of the awning and work your way down toward the bottom edge.
- 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.
- Let the awning sit fully opened until it is completely dry. Closing the awning when it’s even a little damp will encourage the growth of mold and mildew, which can ruin the awning. 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. Allow the valance to dry completely. Roll it up and store it in a cool and dry area.
- Retract the awning completely and check for loose or hanging fabric that might tear during winter storage. If there is any tie the fabric out of the way to protect it. If you do not have a retractable awning then remove the awning from the frame. Fold the awning to prepare it for winter storage.
- If your awning is retractable lace the winter cover over the awning. These special covers go right over a retractable awning to protect it from winter weather.