Are you tired of staring at your outdoor window awnings that look dull and dirty? If you are not, then you might want to take in consideration the image it is making to your business or home.

Canvas patio awnings are usually the first thing a customer or passer by sees. Imagine walking past a shop with an awning that is mouldy and rotting away. Would you go inside? Or would you walk swiftly past?

Our guess is the latter.

Awning Canvas

Take the necessary steps to clean and maintain your canvas awnings. We assure you, your business front will turn into an inviting gateway for potential customers.

Now the realisation that you may need to get scrubbing away has set in, the feeling of dread and procrastination is probably sneaking in your mind too. However, with these simple steps we have put together for you, the task will pass by in no time.

With all of this in mind, below you will learn the best way to clean mildew from canvas awnings.

Washing Canvas Awnings

Retractable canvas awnings are a perfect way to frame your shop front, or turn your garden into a luxurious place to relax in any weather. Which is why maintaining your exterior window awnings is a necessity in getting the most out of your purchase.

There is no one perfect cleaner for canvas awnings, the only liquid you need is a bucket of soapy water.

What Do You Need To Clean A Canvas Awning?

When it comes to cleaning a canvas awning, you’re going to need to approach the task with the right tools, a few examples of these are;

  • Tarpaulin/Plastic protective sheets
  • Soft Brush and/or broom
  • Bucket
  • A Water jet or hose pipe with access to running water
  • A Ladder
  • Cloth or Rag suitable for cleaning
  • A mild soap, bleach or a Canvas cleaning product

Once you’ve got your tools together, its time to start cleaning your canvas awning!

How to Clean a Canvas Awning

1. Get a broom to brush off loose dirt.

2. Now hose down or chuck a bucket or two of water over the canvas awning.

3. Use your soapy water (mild soap only) to soak over the awning.

4. Next scrub a soft bristle brush over the surface.

5. Leave the soapy water to soak into the fabric.

6. Lastly rinse thoroughly until all soap residue is washed away.

Recommended Precautions To Take

We would recommend that if possible you take down the awnings to allow safer cleaning. However, where this is not possible, be sure to use a sturdy ladder with a shelf on the top step to place all cleaning equipment securely.

Plastic sheets are your new best friend, if you do not want to bother with the hassle of moving any outdoor furniture from underneath the canvas awning.

How To Clean Mildew Off Canvas Awnings

As we have said earlier, the best thing to wash a canvas awning with is mild soap. However, if your canvas awnings for home are beginning to show signs of mildew, you will need something a bit stronger.

Importantly, you must have a suitable fabric protecting treatment spray. This will ensure your commercial canvas awnings will not be damaged by any stronger solutions.

Do all the steps as usual, but use a small amount of bleach: Around 230 ml (a cup) of bleach per gallon of water with 59 ml of mild soap. Make sure to use a ​colour​ ​safe bleach that ​does​ ​not contain chlorine​.

Having Trouble Getting Your Awning Clean?

If you’re struggling to deal with more stubborn stains, or you want to thoroughly clean mold off the canvas awning, it may be a good idea to take it down.

Removing the awning to clean it allows you minimise danger of slips and falls, whilst also giving you the ability to soak it in the cleaning solution. This will help lift tough stains and ensure that the canvas awning is completely free from mold. Following this, you can easily re-apply a coating of fabric protector to extend the length of time for when you need to clean your awning again.

Cleaning Canvas Awnings

Now you know how to clean a canvas awning​ ​and how to remove mildew from a canvas awning, why not share this newfound information?

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We would be very grateful to know our guide is helping in anyway possible.

Happy cleaning any mildew on your canvas awning!


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