Putting Away Your Awnings For The Winter

With the summer nearly over, there isn’t really much need for an awning in your garden, and also to risk minimal damage, it may be best to put the awning away till the weather gets better.

1 – Brush off any leaves, dirt or debris from the awning. Move from the top edge of the awning down toward the bottom edge.
2 – Hose off the awning to remove dirt and debris that is stuck. Attack tough stains or dirt spots with a soft-bristled brush.
3 – Dissolve a small amount of mild soap in warm water in a bucket to eliminate stubborn stains. Dip a brush into the soapy water and scrub the awning in a back and forth motion. Dip the brush frequently to keep it damp. Rinse the awning thoroughly with the hose.
4 – Let the awning air out until it is completely dry. Rolling up the awning when it is even slightly damp promotes the growth of mold and mildew, which can ruin the awning.
5 – Remove the hanging valance if the awning has one. Clean the valance by hosing it down and scrubbing it with mild soap and a soft-bristled brush if necessary. Allow the valance to dry completely. Roll up the valance and store it in a dry area where it won’t grow mold or mildew.
6 – Retract the awning completely. Check for loose or hanging fabric that might flap or tear during winter storage. Tuck or tie the fabric out of the way to protect it. Remove the awning from the frame if you do not have a retractable model. Fold the awning to prepare it for winter storage.
7 – Place the winter cover over the awning if you have one. These special covers go right over a retractable awning to protect it from winter weather. If you removed the awning from the frame, store it in a dry area with ventilation. (Homeguides)