Cleaning Garden Awnings
Cleaning garden awnings can be seen as an onerous task but when you’re in the know-how, you might just see it as simple as the washing up or a load of washing. This month, Boyd’s Blinds are here to offer a little insight that’ll keep your garden awnings looking fresh all year round. For the latest tips and tricks on how to clean your garden awnings, read on!
How to clean Garden Awnings
Firstly you will need the following:
- broom/feather duster
- soft bristle brush
- a ladder (to reach the top)
- waterproofing spray
- water (cold or lukewarm)
- soap (for delicates)
Typically, a brush, water, cleaning solution and a ladder will be all you need to complete this. But before you start, make sure you use a feather duster to clean underneath the awning as there may be cobwebs and a broom on top for any leaves.
For a deeper clean you should follow these steps:
- Brush off any dust, dirt or leaves
It makes sense to get rid of the loose elements that are sitting on top of your awnings before getting the awning wet – this will make the cleaning process much easier.
- Hose down the awning
This will soften the material and make it easier to remove any stubborn marks.
- Prepare soapy water
Mix cold or lukewarm water with three ounces of soap (that’s made for baby clothes and delicates). Mix this solution until it begins to foam.
- Gently wipe the fabric
Use a soft bristle brush with the soapy water and be gentle so as to not harm the fabric. Brush carefully in circular motions.
- Dry naturally
Allow the awning to dry naturally in the fresh air. Do not be tempted to machine wash or dry.
- Waterproofing spray
After washing the fabric, it’s worth treating your awning with an extra coat of waterproofing spray. Do this when it’s fully dry.
When should I clean garden awnings?
It is advised to clean your awning – whether it be aluminium, vinyl or canvas – at the start and end of summer, and after that, give them a quick rinse or brush once a month.
What shouldn’t I use to clean my awnings?
Do not use detergent or any harsh chemicals on an awning, as these can damage and discolour the material.
Now you know how to clean your awnings, get in touch today. Furthermore, call us on 01157 757 670 to talk to one of our friendly blinds specialists. Alternatively, send us a message via the website and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.