As the weather starts to cool down and the leaves start changing colors, it’s time for fall to come around. Whether you are sad to see summer go or are looking forward to fall festivities, there are several things you should do to get your home ready for the colder months – this includes preparing your awning. Here are some tips to help you get your awning prepped for fall.
Cleaning Your Retractable Awning Fabric
Preparing your awning for the fall begins with a deep cleaning. Start by brushing off any leaves, dirt, and other debris that have accumulated over the summer. Then, hose off any other leftover dirt and debris that you may have missed. From there, use warm soapy water and a soft-bristled brush to tackle any remaining stains or spots. Avoid harsh detergents and aggressive scrubbing as they can cause permanent damage to your awning fabric. Finish your cleaning off with a thorough rinse to get rid of any excess cleaning agents, which can leave streaks in your fabric.
Cleaning Your Retractable Awning Frame
Your awning frame is crucial to the operation of your retractable awning. It’s easy to prepare your retractable awning frame for the fall. Start by wiping down your awning frame with a soft cloth after you clean off your fabric. From there you should check the hardware of your retractable awning frame to make sure that the nuts and bolts are secure and free of rust.
Let Your Awning Fabric Dry
The growth of mold and mildew is detrimental to the fabric of your retractable awning. After you clean off your awning fabric, it’s crucial to let the fabric dry completely before storage. Extend your awning fully and let the sun dry your awning fabric naturally. Do not attempt to accelerate this process as you can accidentally damage your awning.
Store Your Awning
After your awning fabric is clean and dry, you can retract your awning and stow it away for storage. Retract the awning and check it for any loose or hanging fabric. If your awning has a tie, fold the fabric out of the way and tie it up to prepare it for storage. From there, cover your awning with a winter cover to protect it during the winter months.
If you are considering an awning for your home or business in the Chicago or Milwaukee area, give Apple Annie Retractable Awnings a call today! Contact us at 1-866-AASHADE. We have been providing high quality awnings and outdoor systems for 30 years!