Retractable Awning Care and Cleaning During Summer

Retractable Awning Care and Cleaning During Summer

General cleaning and maintenance are always important topics for many of the basic components of your property, and any kind of awning or shade additions you utilize are great examples. In particular, due to the fact that they spend time in multiple physical states, some basic care for your retractable awnings is important – especially during the summer season where they’ll be used most often.

At Solarus Awnings, we’re here to offer a huge range of retractable awnings, retractable patio screens and various other motorized screens and shade options for clients around Palm Beach, FL and nearby areas. We also offer regular tips and expertise on how to care for any of our products, especially during high use seasons. Why is care for retractable awnings particularly important, and what kinds of things should you be keeping in mind here? Let’s dive in!

Retractable Awning Care

Why Retractable Awning Care is Especially Important

While care is certainly important for any kind of awning or shade solution, it’s particularly critical for retractable awnings. These products are designed to be used in multiple states – fully extended, partially extended or fully retracted – and this flexibility can put additional stress on the mechanisms and materials involved. As such, regular maintenance and care is crucial to ensure the longevity of your retractable awning.

For instance, your retractable awning spends plenty of time in a retracted state, and during this time it’s exposed to elements like rain, wind and even hail. These factors can lead to dirt buildup or wear and tear on the awning fabric over time. Similarly, when your awning is extended (especially during hot summer days), prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause fading or discoloration of the fabric.

How do you protect your awning from these risks? Here are some basic tips.

Off-Use Storage

Before we even get into cleaning and maintenance, it’s important to note that the way you store your retractable awning when not in use can make a big difference. When you know you won’t be using your awning for an extended period of time (such as during the winter months), it’s wise to keep it fully retracted and stored in a dry, sheltered area. This will help protect the fabric from any potential damage caused by weather or sunlight.

If your awning is motorized, make sure to turn off the power before retracting it. This will prevent any accidental extension or damage to the mechanism.

Regular Cleaning

One of the most important aspects of care for your retractable awning is regular cleaning. This means using a mild soap and water solution to gently clean the fabric and frame at least once a month during periods of high use. Be sure to rinse thoroughly with a hose and let everything dry completely before retracting the awning again.

If you notice any stubborn dirt or stains on the fabric, try spot cleaning with a gentle cleaner specifically designed for outdoor fabrics. Always test on a small, inconspicuous area first before applying to the entire awning. And remember, never use harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners on your retractable awning as they can cause damage.

Watch for Rust

Both during cleaning and regular use, keep an eye out for any signs of rust on the awning frame or hardware. If you notice rust forming, gently remove it with a wire brush and then apply a rust-inhibiting primer to prevent further damage.

If rust is an issue that repeatedly is cropping up on your awning, it may be time to consider replacing any rusted parts or even investing in a new awning altogether.

Unlike other competitors that use metal frames, our frames are made out of Aircraft Grade aluminum alloy with a thick proprietary powder coating process that resists corrosion effects brought on by South Florida weather conditions.

Bottom line, our frames don’t rust or corrode!

Distance From Vegetation

If your property has trees, bushes, or other vegetation near your retractable awning, it’s important to regularly trim and maintain these plants. Overhanging branches or leaves can cause damage to the awning fabric or frame over time.

There can also be issues where pollen or other debris from plants can build up on the awning, leading to potential mold or mildew growth. Regular cleaning and maintenance will help prevent this.

Proper Operation

Finally, while some may consider this common sense, it’s worth mentioning that proper operation of your retractable awning is crucial for its care. When extending or retracting the awning, avoid using excessive force or pulling on only one side. This can cause damage to the mechanism and lead to costly repairs.

Instead, use the designated crank or motor to extend and retract the awning smoothly and evenly. If you have any concerns about the operation of your retractable awning, reach out to a professional for assistance.

Regular care and maintenance are essential for keeping your retractable awnings in top condition. By properly storing, cleaning, and operating your awning, you can ensure it will provide shade and protection for years to come.

And remember, at Solarus Awnings we’re always here to help with any questions or concerns regarding the care of our products. Contact us today for help with this or any of our products and services in Palm Beach, Martin and Broward county areas!

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