Three Awning Mistakes To Avoid

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A retractable awning over your patio can allow for sun when you want it and shade when the sunlight becomes too intense. Proper care is the key to ensuring that this style of awning lasts. Know the following mistakes so you can avoid making them when you are caring for your home's awning.

#1: Never retracting it 

The last thing you want to do is to leave the awning out when you aren't home. All it takes is one windy event to ruin the awning by either tearing the fabric or mangling the hardware. Always full retract the awning and secure it closed when you aren't actively using it. When possible, only roll up or retract the awning when it is completely dry so as to avoid mold and mildew growth on the fabric. If you must retract it wet, perhaps because a storm surprised you, then open it as soon as the conditions allow so that the fabric can completely dry out. It's also a good idea to open and air out the awning periodically if you go a long period without using it.

#2: Using the wrong cleaning method

Proper cleaning is key to keeping the awning in good condition and free of mildew. You can't just use any cleanser, though, as some detergents can remove or damage the mildew, water, and UV resistant coatings on the fabric. Use a cleanser specifically designed for cleaning outdoor awning fabric. Also, skip abrasive brushes and use a soft sponge to wipe down the inside and outside of the fabric. Once clean, rinse with clear water and allow it to dry completely before rolling it up again. If mildew stains occur, check with the manufacturer. You may be able to use a spot bleach treatment to remove the stains without damaging the fabric.

#3: Ignoring the hardware

The hardware that supports and retracts yoru awning also requires some care. The simplest way to achieve this is to wipe it down after every couple of uses to remove any dust or dirt that has collected on teh joints, hinges, and awning arms. This way the dust won't work its way into the operating mechanisms. You must also lubricate the moving parts at least once a year. Use a water-based or silicone lubricant, since oil-based lubricants can stain and damage the fabric.

For more help in properly maintaining your retractable awning, contact an awning contractor in your area

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