Washing awnings: how to clean them to remove stains

Feb 2, 2024 | Awnings, Blog

Awnings by definition are installed on the outside of a house. There is usually no element of shelter or cover, so they are continuously exposed to the elements such as rain and wind. It goes without saying that they inevitably end up dirty. This is why washing awnings is important, not only for aesthetic reasons but also for the performance of the awnings themselves. So let’s see how to clean awnings with the right tools and techniques!

How to clean fabric awnings

Fabric awnings are the most common type of awning, especially in the case of not very recently installed solutions. A limitation of this material, however, is its tendency to accumulate dirt and stains. For this reason, fabric awnings must be cleaned with a specific preparation for which, however, common ingredients can be used.

Specifically, a mixture of neutral detergent and water must be prepared and applied with a cotton cloth dipped in the previous solution and wrung out so that it is not too wet.

When cleaning a fabric awning, a steam cleaner can also come in handy, as it can better moisten the dirtiest areas before wiping. The humidity and high temperature will help loosen and remove stubborn dirt.

Afterwards, it is advisable to simply rinse with a cloth soaked in water to remove any dirt and soap residue.

How to clean awnings from mould

Mould is a problem not only for the interior of a house but also for the exterior, especially for awnings. In fact, high humidity can favour the development of mould on some types of awnings, especially on older models made of materials that did not adequately cover this risk. That is why it is important to know how to clean awnings from mould.

Mould can occur on awnings in green or black spots. In both cases, it is advisable to first wet the curtain with water, then use a mild degreaser to effectively remove stains that have formed over time.

To avoid damaging the curtain fabric, rub gently on the affected areas and then rinse the entire surface thoroughly with water.

To prevent mould from returning, a very frequent situation, it is best to apply a specific anti-mould product.

Remember to let the awnings dry after washing!

Whether they are dirt or mildew stains, it is important to let the awnings dry after washing. Detaching curtains from their supports in order to roll them up is never advisable, especially if they are wet or damp. In fact, the problem is that some materials, such as the canvas we have already discussed, can become damaged or even give rise to new mould.

This explains why an awning that has been wet must be dried in the open air, and only once it is completely dry can it eventually be detached from the support.

Especially if it is a non-water-resistant awning (so we are talking about older models that tend to be waterproof), once wet, for example, by rain, and detached from the supports, it must be put out to dry as soon as possible.

How to keep awnings clean

Like many everyday objects, prevention is better than cure, so knowing how to keep awnings clean can save time and costs if we limit cleaning to the appearance of difficult-to-remove stains. For this reason, it is better to immediately remove stains from the awning as soon as they are noticed, to prevent them from setting into the fabric, both inside and outside the awning.

Although it is inevitable that some stains will form, there are certain actions that can help us maintain the cleanliness and efficiency of an awning.

First of all, in the case of non-waterproof awnings, it is advisable to retract them before the rain starts (or as soon as possible). As we have already mentioned, it would be better to avoid rolling up the awning when it is wet.

To remove dirt and prevent buildup, it is advisable to brush the awning at least once a week with a soft-bristled brush to avoid damaging the fabric, using only soaps or cleaning products classified as surfactants and neutral, as aggressive ones could damage the awning.

The washing machine is never recommended, not even for small awnings, as they could get damaged or ruined. Cleaning by hand with a damp cloth is always preferable, even better with the help of a steam cleaning machine

The material of our awnings

As we have seen, until some time ago, the most common awnings were made of canvas, which, however, have significant limitations, especially in terms of cleaning and consequently their durability. The quality of the material of an awning is therefore very important not only to facilitate its maintenance but also to ensure that the awning lasts longer.

For this reason, our awnings are made with latest generation materials, which make cleaning quick and easy thanks to their carefully researched and designed composition down to the smallest detail.

The breathable climate fabric of our awnings, in fact, manages to prevent the passage of wind and the accumulation of moisture. The fact that they are waterproof significantly accelerates drying times.