If history is anything to go by, we know that we are in for a scorching summer in South Africa. With the increase in temperatures comes the increased need to spend time outdoors. However, when was the last time you took a broom or sponge to your awnings? We are all guilty of neglecting certain areas of our home. But thankfully, we at Executive Blinds have put together a list of tips for making sure your awnings are taken care of, so you can enjoy the outdoors without getting too sunburnt.
Awnings are a good investment to make
Awnings are worthy investments to improve your lifestyle, the aesthetic appeal of your home as well as the comfort of your outdoor experience. But like all things, over time a good cleaning and maintenance are needed. There are a few things you can do to get your awnings looking great.
8 Tips for maintaining your awnings
- On a monthly basis, brush both sides of the awning fabric with a soft bristled brush. This will keep initial dust and grime away from the fabric.
- If you have trees around your awnings, be sure to trim them, as well as clean off any animal droppings, debris and sand from those overhanging trees as soon as possible. Why? These can stain and discolour the fabric over time.
- When doing a deep clean, avoid using harsh rubbing as it can damage the surface of the fabric.
- When dealing with stubborn stains, leave a warm wet sponge on the area for a short period until the area has been softened. After that, rub it with clean water and a cloth. Remember not to scrub it too hard as this will thin out the fabric over time.
- When cleaning your awnings, do so when it is less humid, especially at the coast. Humidity tends to encourage mould to appear, which is almost impossible to remove.
- If you are going to use a detergent to clean stains, refrain from using solvents, alcohol or abrasive cleaning products. A light cleanser is sufficient enough to get rid of stains if you follow the tips mentioned above.
- Be careful when using a power washer, rotary brush or steam cleaners. These might have long-lasting effects on the fabric of your awnings.
- After cleaning, be sure to retract your awnings only after they are completely dry. If you retract them before they have completely dried, mildew will start to appear over time and can stain and deteriorate the fabric which is irreversible.
DIY cleaning and maintenance of awnings will save you money
This may seem like a big undertaking and seem very time-consuming. However, if the small steps are done on a regular basis cleaning will be made easier. The initial investment in awnings can cost a pretty penny. Therefore, it is imperative to get the most out of them and be able to enjoy the patio area for years to come.