Awning Maintenance

Most synthetic-fabric awnings are treated with chemicals to be water-repellent and resistant to mildew and fading. Despite this technological advance, even mildew-resistant fabric can produce mildew. For this reason, you should hose down your awning with water about once a month. During the fall and spring, periodically remove any leaves that have settled on top and keep the underside clean by occasionally brushing it with a broom. If storing an awning, make sure to store it in a cool, dry place, so as to avoid mildew buildup. Finally, be careful not to get insect spray on your awning, as it may interfere with the fabric’s chemical treatments.

While both retractable and fixed awnings will require some maintenance, retractable awnings present the added possibility of mechanical maintenance. Retractable awnings have moving parts, so occasional repairs are likely. For this reason, consider the relevant warranty information when comparing multiple retractable awnings.