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The Do’s and Don’ts of Maintaining your External Awnings

Paul Monro - Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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External awnings have long been the preferred choice to keep the sun off large glass windows, decks, balconies, wet areas and courtyards. If you are on the lookout for the best quality awnings Ballina has to offer, be sure to consider Best Blinds for a fantastic range of designs, colours and materials. If you have already installed external awning at your restaurant, store or home, you will need to know about a few simple do’s and don’ts to make sure that they are properly cared for.

Here are some excellent tips on taking great care of your external awnings to ensure their high quality finish for many years to come.

Do retract or roll up your awnings during strong winds and stormy conditions. Awnings are mounted to a wall and can create a leverage force which can cause them to collapse during strong winds.

Do not roll up your fabric awnings when they are wet. If they are rolled up, the fabric can become mouldy and discoloured over time. In the event that mildew does appear on your fabric, be sure to remove them as quickly as they appear. It is always a good idea to pick a set of awnings made with a rot and mildew resistant fabric.

Do keep your awnings as clean as possible. Since they are installed on the exterior of your property, they can gather dirt and dust. You can use a vacuum to remove any dust and debris as well as to brush the dry fabric. Over time, dirt may get ingrained into fabric awnings and occasional hosing can help get rid of it.

Do not allow plants such as shrubs and vines to make too much contact with the awnings. Some plants contain acids that can weaken or stain the fabric.

Do make sure that you periodically extend your awnings to the fullest and retract them fully to ensure the long-term smooth running of the extension and retraction mechanism. This is especially important if you tend to keep your awnings rolled up or partially retracted for lengthy periods of time. Take note to never force your awnings as they are being raised or lowered.

Do not allow anything to damage the fabric on your awning. Seemingly mundane daily activities such as mowing the lawns or cleaning the gutters while your awnings are extended can cause them to become stained, ingrained with dirt or damaged. Insect spray should not be used near or on the fabric as it can react with the water repellant coating on the fabric. It is very important that you do not allow water to stagnate on the fabric as it can cause the fabric to stretch and pocket in unattractive ways. It is also important to move any fires or BBQs away from your awnings as the heat can damage the fabric.

Do use manufacturer approved cleaning solutions when you clean your awnings. Harsh solutions can cause the fabric to become discoloured, weakened as well as to lose its water resistance.