Have you been annoyed by the dirty spots on your sunshade on sunny days? Then it's time to clean your awning. On 'bad days', your awning gets a lot on its plate. Rain and snow showers, for example, cause a lot of dirt on your awning. In addition, the moving parts could use some attention.
Good preparation is half the work, so make sure you have the tools below ready. Now all you have to do is look outside. Is there a bright sun? In that case, postpone the cleaning of the awning for a while to prevent the soapy water from leaving streaks on the canvas.
Step 1. Remove loose dirt from the fabric with a brush or vacuum cleaner.
Step 2. Stains in the fabric can easily be removed with lukewarm water and a cleaning agent. Do not use any aggressive cleaning agents, this could damage the top layer of the fabric.
Step 3. Rinse the fabric with lukewarm water so that no soap residue remains.
Step 4. Part of the impregnation layer is lost when the fabric is washed. For this reason, dry the fabric completely and apply a new coat of impregnating spray. Now your fabric is once again resistant to dirt and is less permeable to water. When applying the spray make sure that you do not touch any surrounding objects.
Step 5. Clean the aluminum profiles with lukewarm water and a cleaning agent. Do not use any aggressive cleaning agents here either. In addition, avoid scouring pads and high-pressure equipment, which can damage the paint.
Step 6. Apply a dry lubricant such as silicone spray to plastic guide blocks, rubbers and the aluminum guide profiles.
Step 7. Finally, you can apply a little oil or light fat to the hinged parts of the awning. Ensure that the oil or fat does not come into contact with the fabric.
Have you gone through all the cleaning steps? Your awning will probably shine above your terrace again! If you do this simple job at least twice a year, you will contribute to the longevity of the awning.