Does anyone doubt the functionality of a self-made awning? It allows a patio to be set up as it should, to serve as an extension for family needs. It protects against the sun, bad weather, serves as a privacy screen. In short, all those stains will make it messy faster than you want. So, how to clean it so that the house awning serves its purpose and retains its aesthetic appearance.
One of the things we do with impatience and joy from the first warm rays of the sun is to transfer our outdoor lifestyle to the terrace and create a functional corner as a perfect “double” of our interior. So with all the associated amenities to spend the summer days comfortably. Whether it’s breakfast in the early morning with the rising sun or a September evening with the last warmth of Indian summer, enjoyment is guaranteed if you choose the right home awning. There are different types of awnings and each has its advantages and specifics in terms of cleaning.
Having an awning means that the autumn heat can be retained by up to 10-20% after the sun goes down. By adding a heat lamp, you create an outdoor area where you can feel comfortable even late at night.
Protecting the entrance to the house and the terrace planting from the weather saves you a lot of worries.
Savings on electricity bills during the off season by reducing air conditioning usage is a win.
Creating a privacy screen with a natural privacy screen made from evergreen shrubs 2 is a good gesture towards the environment.
The simplification of the installation with motorized, submersible and electric constructions reduces the effort to a minimum.
All of the above advantages have already persuaded you to consider your self-made awning. But right now he’s wondering about his purification.
Whatever material your awning at home is made of, it should be cleaned at the start of the warmer season so that it doesn’t spoil your stay and doesn’t pollute the environment. A second cleaning can be done in late fall to remove debris from leaf fall. This if the awning is made of fabric and is retractable. If, on the contrary, it is made of hard material, you can clean it like a roof. Investing in this way will surely save you from worry. Cleaning the floor of a terrace 3 with respect for the environment must be part of the regular maintenance of your outdoor space. Sweep before cleaning a homemade fabric awning, because if bird droppings are present, contact with soap and water can complicate the task.
Use warm soapy water
Fill a bucket with hot, soapy water and gently wipe the fabric and awning frame with a cloth. If the surface is really dirty, try a recommended awning shampoo. Do not use harsh chemicals or bleach as these will damage the fabric.
Rub the fabric, but not too hard
Use a soft bristle brush and very gently brush away the dirt. If the stains are particularly stubborn and you need to rub to remove them, do not rub the fabric vigorously or you risk scratching it and affecting its waterproofing. Take your time and let the soap do all the hard work.
Allow the installation to dry naturally
Make sure the awning is completely dry before rolling it up and storing it in the garage for a few months. This will prevent moisture from getting trapped in the awning support and causing mold or rusting problems. It is best to choose a warm, dry day for the semi-annual cleaning so that the fabric can dry naturally.
Treat with waterproofing spray
Use a specially formulated waterproofing spray to refresh the waterproof layer once your home’s awning is clean and dry. This helps the fabric repel water and prevent rot or mildew.
How often should you clean your patio awning?
We already said: at the beginning and end of the summer season, when you are most likely to use it. An early summer clean will remove any dirt that has built up over the winter and a late summer clean will prevent damage while it is being rolled up and wintered.
During the summer season it’s also a good idea to give your awning a quick rinse once a month to remove dirt and prevent it from building up or hiding in the fabric. This will make your end-of-season cleanup a lot easier!
Essentially, quality home awnings don’t require much maintenance, but following these simple cleaning tips will keep yours in top condition for longer.