Now that winter is just about halfway over, it's time to start thinking about spring. If you're like many people, you like to head outside as soon as the warmer spring months arrive. If you've decided to invest in outdoor awnings for your home, you've made a great decision. Outdoor awnings are a great addition to any backyard environment, especially if you enjoy spending a lot of time outside during the spring and summer months. However, you do need to take care of your investment. In fact, routine maintenance will extend the life of your new awnings. If you're not sure how to care for your new awnings, here are three steps to get you started.
Remove the Surface Dust
When it comes to caring for your new awnings, you can't afford to ignore the dust. You might think that dust won't cause any harm to your awnings, but that's not the case. In fact, dust can cause serious damage to your awnings, especially if thick layers are allowed to collect. Luckily, dust can be removed quickly, and easily. Simply use your garden hose to wash away the dust buildup about once a month. If a dust storm blows through, you can use a garden hose for emergency cleanup, as well.
Scrub Away the Serious Dirt
If you want to extend the life of your new awnings, you'll need to watch for the serious dirt and grime. Bird droppings and dirt left behind after rainstorms can pose a real threat to your awnings. You might not know this, but bird poop is very acidic, which means it can eat away at your awnings, especially if allowed to linger on the surface for too long. That's why you need to remove it from your awnings as soon as possible. The best way to do that is to scrub your awnings using a soft-bristled brush, and mild dish soap. You should scrub your new awnings whenever you see deposits of mud or bird droppings.
Stop Mould From Taking Hold
If you plan to install new awnings in your yard, make sure you keep the mould away. The exposed areas of your awnings will be able to dry out, especially once the sun comes out. However, there might be some areas of your awnings that are hidden from the sun. This might include areas that are shaded by trees or shrubbery or that rest up against your home. Those are the areas you'll need to inspect for mould. If you find mould on your awnings, scrub the area with a bleach solution, preferably three parts bleach and one part tap water. Once you've scrubbed away the bleach, rinse the area with clear water and allow it to dry. Repeat the process whenever you discover mould on your new awnings.