At Conservation Concepts many of our clients in Central Pennsylvania ask us what they can do to preserve the life of their awning. One of the easiest, safest things you can do in that regard is make sure that your awning fabric stays clean and debris free. So, if you’re wondering how to clean awning fabric take a look at these simple instructions below.

While the awning is on the frame, you can conduct light cleaning. Brush off loose dirt with a soft bristle brush. Simple as 1, 2, 3. You can hose down fabrics on a monthly basis with clean water, which helps prevent dirt from becoming deeply embedded in the fabric, and eliminates the need for more thorough cleanings. Typically, a thorough cleaning of your awning will be needed every two to three years.

For tough cleaning jobs to get rid of dirt and mildew, prepare a cleaning solution of water and mild soap or dishwashing liquid. Use a soft bristle brush to scrub away dirt and debris. Allow the homemade cleaning solution to soak into the awning fabric. Rinse thoroughly until all soap is removed. Let the wet awning air dry. If you are dealing with stubborn stains that don’t seem to go away, you can use a diluted bleach/soap mixture for spot cleaning of mildew. For roof run-off or other similar stains, a strong degreaser may be required.

Eclipse cares about the environment! Please be careful with the surrounding area when cleaning with bleach. Bleach can have harmful effects on nature and wildlife. If you’re surrounded by a body of water or in area with protected wildlife, avoid using bleach. We have many years of experience working with Sunbrella fabrics and knowledge of cleaning and re-treatment requirements for retractable awnings.

For more information about awnings and maintenance, contact Conservation Concepts – the trusted supplier of awnings in the greater Harrisburg, Pennsylvania region!

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