Awnings, although often forgotten about, are an important investment that you have made as an addition to your home or possibly your business premises which is why it is imperative to make sure that they are properly taken care of all year round!
With Summer behind us and Autumn ahead we thought we would share some tips on how to prepare your Awnings for the season ahead as well as how to make sure your Awnings are properly cared for throughout.
Remember, different seasons bring a different set of problems and things to look out for which is why being on top of your game when it comes to Awning care and maintenance can save you money and time. One of the most important things we cannot stress enough is not to wait until your Awning is dirty in order to clean it. Being prepared for changes in weather patterns means you need to ensure you are on top of your Awning care and maintenance throughout the year and not just when the seasons hit.
Cleaning: Autumn brings a lot of wind, leaves and dust which is why it’s generally a season that requires a bit more maintenance that others.
To clean your Awning in preparation for Autumn – and throughout the season – take a soft brush and sweep the debris lightly off the awning (this applies weather Fabric or Aluminium, the soft bristles will ensure that there is no damage such as scratches or tears done whilst you clean your awning.) Once you have removed majority of the dust, dirt and debris you can also use a cloth with a lukewarm water solution to clean the awning further, getting rid of stubborn marks and dirt that may need a bit more encouragement than a brush!
One thing we find many people guilty of is forgetting the actual frame of the Awning. Don’t forget the frame of your Awning! It is just as important as any other aspect of your awning, in actual fact it is one of the most important aspects of your Awning as it is responsible for structurally holding your Awning together and in place. In order to clean the frame of your Awning, you can use a cloth with lukewarm water to wipe it down and remove any excess dust and dirt that may have found its way onto the frame whilst you were cleaning excess dust and debris from the top.
Repair: Once you have cleaned your Awning it is important to conduct an inspection and make sure that there are no areas that need repair.
For instance, you may find that some of the debris has potentially caused a tear, rip or dent in your Awning (this obviously depends on the material your Awning is made out of) in which case you will need to have this repaired according to the fabric or material utilised. Please do not try to conduct a make shift job at home as this can cause further damage which will cost you extra in the long run and potentially decrease the lifespan of your Awning.
Be sure to get in touch with the company that installed your Awning as it may still be under warranty for repairs, or you can contact us and we will endeavour to repair and restore your Awning before it is too late!
Maintenance: As Autumn begins to progress be sure to monitor and inspect your Awning a bit more often than normal just to ensure that there are no large pieces of debris that are potentially causing damage.
Make sure to sweep off any debris or dust when it starts to build up and you will avoid unnecessary damage and the costs that come with it.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? That is because it is! If you have any concerns or queries when it comes to your Awning, be sure to visit our website soonest to get in touch with us!