It’s always with great sadness that as the summer begins to fade away and fall starts to roll in, we have to start thinking about putting our patio furniture away for the upcoming winter. Hot summer days sipping a cold beverage on the deck under the awning are now being replaced with a barren patio, empty flowers planters and pool closings.
In addition to preparing your property for the fall, this a great time of year to also ensure your beautiful awning is properly prepped and ready for the upcoming winter season. Protecting and storing your awning for winter will offer you piece of mind knowing that it will be ready for use when spring rolls around again. By properly prepping your awning, you will prolong the life of the awning, its fabric and parts.
Cleaning the Retractable Awning
You want to make sure that the fabric is cleaned, looking fresh and dry before retracting the awning. With a gentle spray from the hose or a broom, remove any leftover loose debris on the awning and begin cleaning the awning from the bottom up. Wash all parts of the awning before tackling the cleaning of the fabric.
If there’s dirt on the awning, use warm water and a soft bristled brush along with a mild soap, like Ivory Flakes, but be certain that the water is just warm, not hot, no more than 37 degrees Celsius. Stay away from any harsh detergents because this can damage the fabric of the awning.
Once the cleaning is completed, rinse thoroughly to remove any residue on the fabric since leftover soap will leave marks and a chalky appearance. You will also see any missed spots once it’s dried. Always allow the awning to dry out naturally and completely before retracting it.
Cleaning the Frame
To prolong the life of the frame, you first want to wipe it down with a soft cloth after washing it down and before it’s retracted. Be sure to check that the bolts and nuts are not loose in any way from their use during the summer months. By checking the mechanics, you will have an awning ready to properly extend the following spring.
Since the gear operation (aluminium components) has a durable finish and the joints are self-lubricating, there is no requirement to lubricate; however, lubricating the moving parts yearly with a silicone lubricant is a good idea for maintaining a quiet operation. The common spot for lubrication is at the end of the roller tube and opposite the motor.
Since the valance has the ability to flap around during windy, inclement winter weather conditions and tear over time, some homeowners tie down the valance to prevent this from happening. There is also the option to purchase an accessory called The Sunboot. As its name implies, it is a cover that encloses the entire retracted awning. The cover protects the awning from nasty weather conditions, keeping it clean and dry until you’re ready to use it again.
An awning can last for many years if properly cleaned, lubricated and protected. They are designed for durability so that you can enjoy their beauty and protection from the sun’s harsh summer rays. With a little time and maintenance care at the end of each season, your awning will perform flawlessly and to your highest expectations. Contact us today, to further discuss awning maintenance. We service Burlington and Oakville.