Maintenance Tips for Keeping Your Retractable Awning or Pergola in Top Condition

April 25, 2024

On-Demand Penthouse Shade with Retractable Awning As the warm weather approaches, many homeowners are eager to set up their outdoor living spaces and enjoy the sunshine – we know we are! Whether you have a retractable awning or a pergola, proper maintenance is key to keeping these structures in top shape and ensuring they last for years to come.

Cleaning and Caring for Your Retractable Awning

Regular cleaning is one of the most important maintenance tasks for your retractable awning. Over time, dirt, pollen, and other environmental debris can accumulate on the fabric, causing it to look dingy and potentially impacting its performance. Here’s how to keep your awning looking its best:

  • Brush off Debris. Start by using a soft-bristle brush or broom to gently remove any loose dirt, leaves, or other debris from the awning fabric. Be sure to brush in the direction of the fabric’s weave to avoid damaging the fibers.
  • Wash the Fabric. Mix a mild, non-abrasive soap with warm water and use a soft-bristle brush or sponge to scrub the awning fabric. Avoid using harsh chemicals or power washers, as these can break down the fabric’s protective coatings. Rinse the awning thoroughly with a garden hose to remove all the soap.
  • Treat Stubborn Stains. For tougher stains, you can use a mild, non-chlorine bleach solution or a specialized awning cleaning product. Always test the solution on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn’t damage the fabric.
  • Lubricate Moving Parts. Periodically check the moving parts of your retractable awning, such as the roller and arms, and apply a small amount of silicone-based lubricant to keep them operating smoothly.
  • Protect from the Elements. When not in use, be sure to retract your awning to protect it from wind, rain, and snow. This will help extend its lifespan and prevent unnecessary wear and tear.

Maintaining Your Pergola

Pergolas, with their sturdy frames and decorative overhead structures, require a different maintenance approach than retractable awnings. Here are some tips to keep your pergola in top condition:

  • Clean the Frame: Use a mild soap and water solution to clean the pergola’s frame, removing any dirt, grime, or cobwebs. Be sure to pay close attention to the joints and connections, as these are the areas most prone to wear and tear.
  • Inspect the Structure: Regularly inspect the pergola’s structure, looking for any loose or damaged components. Tighten any loose bolts or screws and replace any broken or cracked parts as soon as possible to maintain the integrity of the structure.
  • Treat the Wood. If your pergola is made of wood, apply a weatherproofing sealant or stain every few years to protect the material from the elements and prevent rotting or weathering.
  • Trim Surrounding Vegetation. Keep the area around your pergola clear of overgrown plants, vines, and tree branches. This will not only maintain the aesthetic appeal of your outdoor space but also prevent damage to the structure.
  • Cover or Store Cushions. If your pergola has any fabric elements, such as curtains or cushions, be sure to remove or cover them when not in use to prevent fading and weathering.

Get the Outdoor Space You’ve Always Wanted

At Milanese Remodeling, we love enjoying our home outside! We specialize in creating beautiful, relaxing outdoor spaces that promote relaxation and memories. Whether you decide you want a custom pergola or a functional awning, we can help. Maintaining these outdoor accents is easy and worth the investment. Schedule your quote today and be lovin’ life by summer!