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Maintaining Your New Awning: Tips For You

When you have recently purchased an awning for your home, you likely want to do everything you can to keep it in the best shape possible. However, if you have never had an awning on your home before, you may not know what you can or should do in order to keep your new awning in good condition. Learn some of the maintenance steps that you can take to care for your awning and keep it looking and functioning as well as possible for as long as possible. 

Make Sure You Clear Debris Off Your Awning Regularly

One of the best things that you can do for your awning is also the simplest step you can take. Make sure to clear debris off of your awning as regularly as possible. If it is somewhat windy in your area and you don't get your awning down in time, you will want to head up and deal with debris immediately.  However, even if it just happens to be autumn and the leaves are falling or even when the weather is normal, you will want to get out and gently sweep debris off of your awning at least once a week. Preferably, though, you would do so every few days or as soon as questionable weather passes. 

Even bird droppings of a light smattering of leaves can eventually become problematic for your awning. Bird droppings can stain, for one thing, leaving your awning discolored and looking much older than it actually is. Little piles of leaves can get wet and develop mold and mildew. These issues are not only unsightly, but potential health concerns. Use a soft broom or a hose with a sprayer (set to a gentle water flow) to do your debris clearing. 

Spot Clean Regularly as Well

Sometimes, sweeping off your awning or spraying it down are not enough to get all residue off of your awning. In such cases, you will want to spot clean your awning as well. Using gentle, mild soap and a soft-bristle brush, you can get most stains or spots off of your awning, as long as you get to them soon enough. Shoot for spot cleaning once every few weeks or at least once a month for optimal results.

Always Inspect Your Awning

If you want to keep your awning in the best shape possible, you will want to inspect it whenever you are performing other needed maintenance. Look for any signs of damage like a tear or a puncture hole. You may also want to look for signs of rusting on the metal poles that hold the awning in place. Any of these issues should be addressed sooner rather than later. Contact an awning repair services company at the first sign of trouble with your awning, no matter how minor the issue may seem. Then, you can prevent little problems from becoming major issues. 

Now that you know some of the steps to take to maintain your awning, you can get started right away.