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30th September 2019

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! 


Yellow-white stripped awning.

To say bye to mould and dirt…

you will need:

  • 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 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.

  • 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.


For help and advice, speak to Boyd’s Blinds. We have a wealth of experience within the industry and promise to provide a first-rate service to each and every customer. We supply and install a number of quality products including blinds, shutters, awnings and curtains – so whatever it is you’re looking for, simply ask and we will point you in the right direction. Call today for your free quotation – we operate throughout Nottingham, Newark and the local areas.