How to Look After Your Garden Awning This Winter

As the nights draw in and the temperatures drop, it’s important to make sure your retractable awning is well protected for the winter months. Although you can still make use of your awning during the winter, you may not use it as often as in the summer, and you’ll need to protect your awning from the harsh winter weather. Here are a few things you can do to protect your awning during the cold spell…

1. Remove Debris from the Awning Cassette

If your awning has collected some of the fallen leaves that autumn inevitably brings, be sure to carefully brush them off your awning to prevent any damage or staining when they eventually decay. Also look out for any stray twigs that may get stuck in the awning cassette.

2. Repair Rips or Damage to the Awning Fabric

If your garden awning has any nicks or rips in the fabric or the brackets have been damaged in any way, get them repaired during the winter months when you are less likely to use your awning. Sorting out any repairs now will make sure your garden awning is ready to use as soon as the sunshine returns in the summer.

3. Clean the Awning

This is a great time of year to give your garden awning a gentle clean. Dust and dirt can build up over the summer and damage or stain the awning fabric if it is left to soak in over the winter. Using some warm soapy water, carefully wipe the fabric clean and allow to dry thoroughly before rolling it away. Do not use any harsh chemicals and don’t scrub too hard.

4. Treat the Awning Fabric

After cleaning the fabric of your garden awning, use a special waterproofing spray to refresh the water repellency. This will ensure the fabric repels any water that makes contact with the awning in light rain showers and protects it from mould and mildew build up. Ask our expert awnings team for advice on which products to use.

5. Don’t Use Your Awning in Strong Winds

Although Weinor awnings are extremely high quality, using your awning in strong winds can put it under unnecessary strain. Installing an automatic wind sensor will ensure your garden awning is never open when the wind is too strong and thus prevent any damage to the brackets or awning fabric.

6. Retract Your Awning When it is Not in Use

During the winter months, it’s best not to leave your garden awning out when you are not using it. If possible, keep it retracted in the cassette to keep it protected from the wind and rain. Weinor’s awning cassettes are strong and durable so they will keep your awning safe and sound all winter.

Find Out More

If you need any more advice on how to look after your Weinor awning, get in touch with our helpful and friendly awning sales team. Email sales@awningsouth.co.uk.

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