How to Maintain Your Canvas Awnings

Canvas fabric requires regular cleaning and maintenance to prevent the accumulation of dust and the formation of stubborn dirt. They have a way of embedding themselves into the fabric which makes them more difficult to eliminate. You have the option of cleaning the canvas awning without removing it from its frame or dismantling it, laying it elsewhere, and thoroughly cleaning it. You can hose it down and lightly scrub the fabric using a mild natural soap and lukewarm water. Never use strong detergents and rinse the canvas awning thoroughly in order to totally remove soap. If the awning is just lightly soiled, you can also wipe it using a damp cloth. Awning surfaces that are moderately soiled can be cleaned with a wet cloth and water.

For awning surfaces that are visibly dirty with heavy dust, you can use a mild commercial cleanser. Read the awning’s manual and check the instructions on how to properly clean it. You can use a sprayer to directly apply the cleaner to the surface of the awning, or you can use a sponge, a clean rag, a brush with soft bristles, or any other similar cleaning tool. Make sure that you only rub gently until the surface is clean. Areas that are thickly soiled can be scrubbed using a brush with soft bristles. Use clean water when cleansing.

Awning Frames

While cleaning, you also have to check the condition of the awning frames. When rust starts to develop, it may cause staining and the eventual deterioration of your awning. As much as possible, do not use steel brushes, strong abrasive cleansers, chlorinated bleaches, steel wools, or solvents. The underside of the awning can be cleaned by sweeping it with an ordinary broom. Cut shrubs and vines that are growing near the awning. Some plants have certain acids that can harm the awning fabric. And water is retained longer when leaves and twigs accumulate on top of the awning. With much moisture left, moulds and mildew may develop and eventually cause harm to the structure aside from permanently stain it.

In the event that you want to clean your awning without removing it from where it is, here’s how:

Use only a solid and secure ladder whenever you have to go up there and clean the canvas of your awning. It is also ideal that you look for another person to assist you so that someone will be holding the ladder and pass tools and other items to you while you perform the actual cleaning. You can begin removing all types of debris from the awning with a broom. The regular maintenance of your canvas awnings can keep them looking great for years to come. If you have a spray bottle, create a mild soap and water mixture and spray it on the canvas. Do not use bleach because it can damage the fabric.

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