Awnings collect dirt, debris, mold and mildew from constant exposure to the elements. Rain water, snow and sleet combine with dirt from the ground, rotting leaves and animals which mix together to soak into it''s fabric. Keeping an awning clean will help to extend the life of it. Awnings are available in a variety of types including free standing, manual roll out, mechanical roll out and as stationary structures. Awnings come in many fabrics such as canvas, acrylic and vinyl. Colors and multicolor stripes are the typical choice among homeowners. Awnings are both functional and beautiful. They provide shade and a shield for rain on patios, decks and over windows. Shade on patios and decks allow homeowners, guests and family to enjoy the outdoor space without having to worry about bright sun or rain.
Access it with a stepladder if it is stationary. If it is removable, take it down and lay it on a large flat surface such as a driveway or patio. Clean the driveway or patio before laying it on top to prevent adding more dirt and stains to it..
Spray the surface of the fabric with plain water to rinse off loose debris and dirt.
Mix 1 tbs. of a mild, liquid dish washing soap with warm water in a bucket. Stir the mixture to blend. Avoid causing suds.
Dip a large sponge into the soapy water and rub the surface of the fabric. You can even submerge a sponge mop into the soapy water and wash it. The sponge mop will give you a greater reach than just holding a sponge.
Rinse the fabric well with plain water until no sponge bubbles up when you spray the fabric with a hose.
Allow it to air dry.
Remove stains from it with a spray fabric stain remover such as Spray N Wash or Shout stain remover. Rub the stain remover into the stain with a wet sponge until the stain disappears. Rinse well and allow it to air dry.
If the stain remains:
Mix 1 cup of chlorine bleach into 1 gallon of warm water. Dip a soft bristled scrub brush or terry cloth towel into the mixture and scrub mold and mildew stains away.
Mix 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide with 3 cups of water in a bucket, stir to blend and pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
Spray the mixture onto mold, mildew or other dark colored stains on light fabric.
Allow the mixture to remain on the surface for 5 to 10 minutes and scrub with a soft brush or thick rag.
Mix 1/2 cup of Oxygenated bleach such as Oxy-clean with 3 cups of warm water. Allow the powder to dissolve.
Dip a thick rag or scrub brush into the mixture and scrub away mold or mildew stains.
Rinse it well with plain water.
Before using any stain removal products ortechniques, test a hidden section of it fabric for colorfastness. Chlorine bleach will be the most harsh and most likely to discolor the fabric.Hydrogen peroxide also has the ability to strip the color from an awning. Test methods other than bleach and peroxide on dark colored awnings to try to remove stains.