The mechanics of maintaining your retractable awning is simple. Once a year just add a drop of oil to the joints in the arms and manual motor.
Fabric maintenance for retractable and stationary awnings and valences:
- Brush off all debris using a broom, particularly the underside.
- Once a month rinse your awning down with a hose.
- Gently scrub with a soft brush or rag with a mild liquid soap.
- Keep shrubbery and vines away as these plants contain acid that will damage your fabric.
- Check for rust and slices in your awning. It is important that you fix minor problems before they ruin your awning entirely.
- Do not allow mildew to grow on the surface. Even with mildew resistant fabric, mildew can grow on dust particles and destroy the color of your fabric.
- Do not fold or drag your awning. If you take it down for storage make sure it is stored in a dry environment. Avoid getting the fabric damp.
- Do not allow water to create puddles on your awning. This causes mildew and stains.
- Do not use harsh soaps or rough scrubs when cleaning your awning.