How to Clean an Awning

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Awnings provide shade from the sun, protection from bad weather and a form of advertising for a business. Proper cleaning of your awning can keep it looking like new for many years.

Things You'll Need

  • Ladder
  • Long handled broom
  • Spray bottle
  • Dishwasher detergent
  • Water
  • Soft bristled brush
  • Water hose
  • Remove hanging plants that are near the awning.

  • Stand safely on a ladder and use long handled broom to sweep away any twigs or leaves that are on the awning.

  • Mix a solution of dish washing soap and water and put it into a spray bottle.

  • Spray a small area of the awning starting from the bottom area, called the valance. Use a soft bristle brush and scrub the area using circular motions.

  • Continue spraying and cleaning the area until all of the dirt and mildew is gone. Repeat this process until the entire awning is clean.

  • Rinse the awning thoroughly with a water hose and remove all of the soap residue.

  • Clean the underside of your awning by sweeping it with a clean broom.

Tips & Warnings

  • Regular cleaning of your awnings will keep stains from becoming permanent.
  • Spray your awning with a water repellent spray to extend the life of the fabric.
  • Paint spots on an awning will shorten the life of the fabric, because they hold mildew and dirt.
  • Never use any product that contains chlorine on your awning because it can cause the fabric to rot.

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