Spring is going to be here before you know it, and that means it’s time to bring your awning out so you can maximize your enjoyment of the new weather. After spending several months in the cold of winter, people love being able to get outside and feel the warmth of the sun. There are also a variety of outdoor activities that people will be ready to enjoy again. Getting your awning all set up gives family and friends the perfect hangout spot to enjoy the new warm weather. If you’re uncertain about how to get your awning ready for spring, here are some tips for how to prepare it.
Clear the Awning
If your awning was left in one place all winter, it’s likely that dirt and debris have accumulated over the months. Take some time to get rid of all of the debris before setting it up again. This should only require a broom and a ladder.
Make sure that you’re above your awning while getting it clean because if you’re underneath it, the debris can fall on top of you and either get your dirty or injured. You also want to be on top of your awning because it’s easier to see if you got all of the dirt and grime off of it.
Get Your Awning Inspected
Whether your awning has been left in one spot for the winter or if it was removed and stored somewhere else, you want to get it inspected before using it again. There could be minor rips and tears in the fabric that could dissuade you from setting it up too early. If this is the case, you can repair minor damages like those easily and cheaply and avoid more costly repairs down the road. If you try to set up your awning while it has minor damage, it could cause more severe problems later that will take more time (and money) to fix.
Wash Your Awning
As mentioned earlier, your awning will likely be dirty after being stored away for the winter. That’s why you’ll want to wash it before setting it up again. The type of awning will determine how it should be cleaned. Use a high-pressure hose if the awning is made out of metal. For fabric varieties, scrubbing it with a soft brush and using some mild soap is the way to go. Bleach can help get rid of mildew. Just be cautious, and make sure you don’t make the colors fade out.
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