Sweep off dry dirt
Start by sweeping away any dry dirt, dust, and pollen from your awnings. Regularly remove debris like leaves and twigs to maintain a clean and shiny appearance.
Rinse your awning routinely
To remove accumulated sand, dirt, and debris, thoroughly rinse your awnings at least twice a year. If your awnings are surrounded by large trees or if you live in a dusty area, more frequent rinsing may be necessary.
Use soap and water
If your awnings still appear dirty after rinsing, scrub them with soap and water. When dealing with metal awnings, you can use a brush designed for car washing and standard dish soap, allowing for more aggressive scrubbing. For fabric awnings, use a mild solution and a soft-bristled brush to avoid damaging the fabric. Be cautious not to use a brush with stiff bristles as it may cause fabric damage.
Allow the awning to dry completely
After cleaning, it is essential to let the awning dry thoroughly, similar to how it dries after a rain shower. Failing to do so may result in mildew stains or discoloration.
Deal with stubborn stains and dirt
In case you encounter stubborn stains or persistent dirt even after cleaning, spot treat the affected areas. For fabric awnings, soak stains with a laundry and fabric cleaner or a mild detergent like Woolite.
Remember to follow these guidelines regularly to maintain the cleanliness and longevity of your awnings.