A Guide to Cleaning and Maintaining Awnings

A man cleaning the Awnings

Metal and canvas awnings in NYC tend to be at the whim of the elements day in and day out, dealing with many harsh conditions like unrelenting sunlight, rain, snowstorms, pollution, and debris. To keep your commercial building awnings looking their best for years to come, you have to set up a maintenance routine that includes regular cleaning. Here are some ways to help you maintain your awnings. For more tips, contact the awning company that installed your canopies.

How to Maintain awnings

Rinse Your Awnings Routinely

Over a short period of time, outdoor awnings can become covered in dust, dirt, and debris. Whether your commercial space has metal or fabric awnings, you should thoroughly rinse them off at least once a year. If large trees surround your business space, or if you live in an area that’s particularly dusty, you should rinse your awnings more often. You don’t need any fancy tools—a garden hose and a ladder should do the trick!

Use Soap and Water

If your awnings still look dirty after a thorough rinsing, you should scrub them with soap and water. Take care to use appropriate methods depending on whether you’re dealing with metal or fabric. For example, you can scrub metal awnings more aggressively than fabric ones using a brush manufactured for car washing and standard dish soap. For fabric, use a mild solution and a soft-bristled brush. If you use a brush with stiff bristles, you run the risk of damaging fabric.

Deal with Stubborn Stains and Dirt

If you notice stubborn stains or dirt buildup on your awnings after you’ve scrubbed them, you may need to spot treat. Use distilled white vinegar and water, or a cleaning solution made for ovens and cooktops, on metal awnings. On fabric, soak stains with cleaner made for laundry and fabric.

Clean Off Debris from Your Awnings

Regularly remove debris, such as leaves and twigs, from your awnings. Dust and pollen should be brushed off to keep your canopies looking shiny and new.