Awnings bring a great deal of value and convenience to your home, and if you’ve gone through at least one summer with them, you’re already well aware of that fact. In addition to providing shade for you to relax in, they’re great for reducing solar gain, helping to keep your home cool and your power bill down. When winter comes and you want that solar heat, however, you’ll want to store awnings away for the season. Here’s how to do it and ensure that they’ll be ready for you to use when warm weather comes again.
Start by removing any loose debris such as leaves and dirt, working from the top and moving down. Next, give your awnings a good rinse with a hose. Mix a mild solution of warm water and dish detergent and, working with a soft-bristled scrub brush, scrub the remaining dirt and grime away, and then rinse thoroughly. If your awnings have hanging valances, remove them to clean them in the same manner. Allow everything to dry completely before proceeding to the next step.
When everything is clean and dry, completely retract your awnings, ensuring they are tight and secure. Make sure there is no fabric hanging that could be caught by the wind—otherwise, it could flap against your house and cause unnecessary wear or even become torn. If your awnings are not retractable, remove them completely and fold them neatly. For valences, roll them tightly and smoothly to prevent creases from forming.
If you retracted your awnings, cover them with a specially designed awning cover. If you don’t have one, now is the time to get one. If you removed and folded your awnings, place them and any valences in a dry and protected storage area that has adequate ventilation.
At Moran Canvas Products, we carry a vast assortment of awnings and canvas products. Contact us if you have further questions about how to care for your awnings, or if you’d like to have custom awnings installed at your home or business. Call (888) 904-8665 for more information.