Awnings get dirty more quickly or slowly depending on the weather. That makes it a good idea to clean the awning fabric and frame at least once a year. That way, your awning will stay beautiful for longer and is better protected from sunlight, rain or wind in the long term. The awning fabric will be with you for around 10 to 15 years, and the frame of your awning can last 25 to 30 years with the proper care.
Regular cleaning brings a whole lot of benefits and is well worth the effort. Our tips tell you what to do if the awning frame or fabric is dirty. Learn how to remove annoying bird droppings, mildew spots and other unsightly marks carefully and also effectively. So that the cleaning takes less time and the enjoyment of your awning lasts all the longer.
After sweeping off any dry dirt, the awning should be thoroughly damp-cleaned. This is done with a soft scrubbing brush or sponge. With a ladder and a telescopic handle, you’ll be able to reach all elements easily. Use a garden hose to wash off solid dirt. Warning: Under no circumstances should you use a high-pressure cleaner to clean your awning fabrics, as this could damage them.
Our expert tip: Use a soft sponge and a weak mixture of mild detergent and lukewarm water (max. 40° C). Work this mixture into the awning fabric until the lather breaks down the dirt. Afterwards, simply rinse with clean water. Please avoid the use of harsh cleaning agents that could damage the waterproofing of the fabric, so that you continue to enjoy protection from the rain.
After damp-cleaning, it is important to let the clean fabric dry completely. Only then should you retract the awning. If awnings are retracted when damp, the fabric cannot dry and water stains will form, causing discoloration. What’s more, damp is conducive to mould growth.
Another tip: Pick a warm, sunny day for cleaning – it takes much less time for the fabric to become completely dry.
Besides awning covers and frames, glazing systems also do better if they are cleaned regularly. We have some good news: it’s not always necessary to buy expensive cleaning products or hire professional window cleaners. Follow our tips and your glass will soon look sparkling clean again without a whole lot of effort.