How or how not to clean an awning
Sweep off dry dirt
Dry dirt such as pollen, dust, sand and leaves can easily be swept off the awning. You should also do this regularly, preferably every time before retracting the awning. As soon as this dirt becomes damp during a rainfall, it provides ideal conditions for moss and mould to adhere to it and spread on the awning.
For sweeping, you need a hand brush, broom or soft mop with telescopic handle and a ladder.
Our tip: Sweeping should be very easy for you. Under no circumstances is vigorous brushing or scrubbing advisable – this would only rub the dirt particles deeper into the fabric of the awning!
Erasing light stains from the awning
You have read correctly! You can use a commercially available, colourless eraser to remove small stains from the awning by gently erasing them.
Removing stubborn stains from the awning
If you want to remove particularly stubborn stains from the awning or even clean the entire awning, you cannot avoid damp awning cleaning:
To do this, mix a mild detergent solution of lukewarm water (temperature not exceeding 40 degrees Celsius) and a commercially available mild detergent.
You can apply the solution to the stain or awning with a soft sponge so that it foams properly.
Our tip: Avoid using hard brushes or sponges, as these will only put unnecessary strain on the awning fabric or, in the worst case, damage it.
After the lye has been allowed to work for a quarter to half an hour, you should rinse it off with plenty of clean water. And do this until no more soap residue is visible. If possible, you can make rinsing the awning easier by using a water hose.
It is essential that you allow the damp awning to dry completely – just like after a rain shower – as otherwise mildew stains or discolouration may appear.
Our tip: We advise you not to clean an awning with a high-pressure cleaner or steam cleaner. The typically hot water and high pressure could damage the awning fabric.
Remove fresh and dried bird droppings from the awning.
Bird droppings are a chemically and biologically dangerous substance: in addition to pathogens, they contain, for example, the substance pancreatin, which causes permanent damage (discolouration, burns) if it is allowed to act on the awning fabric for several days. Good to know: The aggressiveness of pancreatin increases even more when exposed to UV radiation.
While you can easily wipe quite fresh bird droppings off the awning with a damp cloth or wash them off with suds according to the instructions shown above, it is different with dried bird droppings that have been “burnt” into the awning by the sun: an extra wash with the household remedies vinegar, salt, bile soap or liquid detergent in which the cleaning cloth has been soaked beforehand will help.