With proper care and maintenance, your outdoor awnings can last at least a decade, if not a lifetime.
Fabrics are less durable than fixtures and mechanical parts so depending on the use and location, they’ll generally wear out sooner.
Quality fabrics will always last longer, as will a sturdier fabric.
Consultation with an expert from Washington Shutters will help you determine the right solution for your needs and budget.
We have some general advice on keeping your outdoor awnings in the best possible condition on the Gold Coast.
Always consult with Washington Shutters if you’re unsure of how to clean fabrics or motorised parts to minimise any damage that may void warranties.
Roll out awnings or folding arm awnings should be cleaned only when necessary with a brush and water.
As awning fabrics are often treated with UV protection and even mould repellent, harsh solvents and detergents can damage them.
Removing leaves and debris as required will also minimise damage.
Bird droppings and even certain leaves can stain a light fabric.
Avoid rolling up or retracting awnings with anything on them.
If your awnings do become stained by mildew, mild chlorine bleach diluted in water can remove stains.
Choose a warm, sunny day to clean a mildew stained blind.
First, brush off any excess debris and after treating the awnings, allow them to dry in the sun.
Keep your awnings rolled up when not in use to maximise their longevity and strength and always roll up folding arm awnings in high winds.
Water pooling on awnings mixed with leaves and debris can cause unsightly damage.
If you do mistakenly leave your awning open during a particularly windy rain storm, clean off the rain and debris as quickly as possible and allow it to dry.
Parts and Components
Whether you have a motorised awning or a manually operated awning, there are parts and components that require regular maintenance and care.
Squeaking is always an indicator that a moving part needs lubrication.
A light and versatile lubricant used sparingly, like WD-40, will help to keep the moving parts of your blind from irreparable damage.
Aluminium awnings will never rust but they will require a coat of paint to look their best.
If you have aluminium louvre blinds, they may require tightening or repair but will generally last a lifetime.
Check any moving elements on your zip-track awnings or folding arm awnings to make sure there are no loose parts.
Any loose metal parts can pose a danger if not addressed, so be sure to check regularly, particularly when your awnings are in heavy use.
Get the Best Advice
If you’re not sure about how to clean your awning, call our experts on 0415 579 491 or reach us through our contact page. With the right care and advice, a Washington Shutters awning will provide years of enjoyment on the Gold Coast.