How to Prepare Your Retractable Awning for the Fall and Winter

As we say goodbye to Summer, there are preparations we need to make in order to get our homes ready for the colder months. Your retractable awning has served you well in keeping you and your family cool and comfortable in the hot summer, now it’s time to properly stow it so it can continue to serve you for summers to come. Here’s how you can prepare your retractable awning for the Fall and Winter months.

Clean Your Retractable Awning Fabric

The first step to preparing your retractable awning for the colder months is a deep clean. Use a hose to clear off any leaves, dirt and debris that have accumulated on your awning. Then use mild soap and warm water along with a soft-bristled brush to get rid of any stubborn stains. Make sure to avoid any harsh cleaning agents during this step to avoid permanent damage to the awning fabric. Finally, give your awning a thorough rinse to avoid any unwanted streaks on the fabric.

Let the Awning Fabric Dry Thoroughly

It’s crucial to let your awning fabric dry thoroughly prior to storage as the growth of mold and mildew is detrimental to your awning fabric. On a sunny day, after you’ve cleaned off the awning fabric, extend your awning fully to let it dry naturally in the sun. 

Stow Your Awning Fabric

Once the fabric is clean and dry, you are now ready to store. You can choose to retract your awning or store it separately from its frame. If you are storing your fabric on the frame, retract the awning and cover with a winter cover. If storing separately, make sure you are storing the fabric in an area that is cool and dry in order to avoid mold and mildew growth during storage. 

Looking for residential door awnings in Colorado? Since 1957, Peterson Canvas & Awning has been dedicated to providing our customers with attractive and practical mounted shading systems for home and commercial use. To learn more about what we can do for you, contact us today or give us a call at 970-493-4033.

As we say goodbye to Summer, there are preparations we need to make in order to get our homes ready for the colder months. Your retractable awning has served you well in keeping you and your family cool and comfortable in the hot summer, now it’s time to properly stow it so it can continue to serve you for summers to come. Here’s how you can prepare your retractable awning for the Fall and Winter months.

Clean Your Retractable Awning Fabric

The first step to preparing your retractable awning for the colder months is a deep clean. Use a hose to clear off any leaves, dirt and debris that have accumulated on your awning. Then use mild soap and warm water along with a soft-bristled brush to get rid of any stubborn stains. Make sure to avoid any harsh cleaning agents during this step to avoid permanent damage to the awning fabric. Finally, give your awning a thorough rinse to avoid any unwanted streaks on the fabric.

Let the Awning Fabric Dry Thoroughly

It’s crucial to let your awning fabric dry thoroughly prior to storage as the growth of mold and mildew is detrimental to your awning fabric. On a sunny day, after you’ve cleaned off the awning fabric, extend your awning fully to let it dry naturally in the sun. 

Stow Your Awning Fabric

Once the fabric is clean and dry, you are now ready to store. You can choose to retract your awning or store it separately from its frame. If you are storing your fabric on the frame, retract the awning and cover with a winter cover. If storing separately, make sure you are storing the fabric in an area that is cool and dry in order to avoid mold and mildew growth during storage. 

Looking for residential door awnings in Colorado? Since 1957, Peterson Canvas & Awning has been dedicated to providing our customers with attractive and practical mounted shading systems for home and commercial use. To learn more about what we can do for you, contact us today or give us a call at 970-493-4033.