If you are planning on purchasing and installing awnings, you should think about choosing products made from synthetic fabrics. These materials are often inexpensive in comparison to alternatives such as canvas. Also, they are quite durable; you can expect long-term service. In addition, they do not require extensive upkeep for optimal performance. Still, you cannot afford to neglect the awnings after installation. Here are some simple tips to help you keep your synthetic awnings in good condition for longer.
Clean the Dust Periodically
Synthetic awnings have a smooth surface and are typically nonporous. Therefore, the fabric does not accumulate dirt quickly. However, if the environment is dust, a layer of the particles will settle on the surface. You should make time to clean the awning to ensure that its appearance is preserved. Cleaning the surface with water only is usually enough, but you can also wash the awning with mild neutral soap and a sponge.
Treat Mildew and Stains
Synthetic awnings are not vulnerable to moisture damage, staining and fungal growth like cotton-based alternatives. However, the surface can still experience these problems if it is exposed to moisture for a prolonged period. If you notice the presence of mildew or stain, you should look for commercial cleaners which are compatible with the specific awning fabric for cleaning. Avoid using brushes and harsh cleaners because they will destroy the protective outer treatment on the awning fabric.
Inspect and Repair
You should inspect the condition of the awning regularly to determine its condition. In general, the early detection of problems will allow for the resolution of the damage before complete deterioration of the awning. The most common problem is tearing of the fabric due to poor handling or accidents. If you notice this form of wear, you should repair immediately. Remember, a small tear can spread under the stress of wind, causing premature failure of the awning.
Retract as Necessary
You should retract or take down your awnings as necessary to minimise the risk of permanent damage. In simple terms, awning structures are strong, but they will experience undue stress during storms and heavy winds. If they are left exposed, they might become torn or stretched. If the rain is relatively light, you can leave the awning exposed. However, you must remember to check for water pooling on the awning. If there is a puddle, clear it to avoid stressing the shade.
Finally, you should remember to dry the awning fabric completely before storage to minimise the risk of mould and mildew growth.