How Often Should I Clean My Awnings?

Most home owners and business owners pay regular attention to their windows but we find that awnings are sometimes forgotten.

Do Your Awnings Project a Positive, Healthy Image?

Residential Awnings

Residential Awnings

Well, your awnings are “front and center” for your house guests and/or customers to see.

And yes, they do notice.

In response to one of my blog posts “How Often Should I Clean My Windows? (Dec 2011)”, I received the following question:

Jennifer C. from Hermosa Beach writes:  “Thanks John for the advice on how often I should clean my windows, it’s very helpful to understand what the professionals recommend.  Question: I also have awnings for my home, how often should I clean them? “

Commercial Awnings

Commercial Awnings

Thanks Jennifer, great question!  Well-kept awnings are important for making a great first impression, but did you know that cleaning them regularly also helps them last longer?

The following recommendations apply to most types of commercial and residential awnings, back-lit awnings, canopies, gazebos, patio coverings, signs and shade structures – including canvas, vinyl, metal and other materials.

As always, contact your manufacturer and/or installer for detailed information on the care and maintenance for your particular awning.

So…How Often Should I Clean My Awnings?

Clean your Awnings Regularly

Clean Awnings Every 3 to 6 Months

Awnings can be expensive and regular cleanings and maintenance help protect your investment.

I recommend cleaning your awnings every 3 to 6 months to remove dirt and debris and prevent mold and pollutants from embedding in the material and causing premature deterioration.  The longer dirt remains, the more likely the stains will become permanent.

Also, the brighter the awning, the more dirt it shows.  If you have light-colored awnings (yellow, white, stripes, etc.) , you should consider cleaning your awning every 1 or 2 months.

Professional Cleaners use various techniques, including water-fed polesindustrial detergents and sometimes good old soap and water to remove dirt, mold, pollen, mildew, fungus, bird droppings, etc. that can, over time, deteriorate and break down your fabric, seams, and bindings thereby shortening the life of your awnings.

Ask your cleaner to check for tiny holes and rips, and also inspect the metal structure and wall fasteners too. If they find some issues, call your awning provider to make these minor, cost-effective repairs before they become large, costly ones.

You’ll prolong the life of your awning and save money in the long run too!

Remember: Cleaning is Not Restoring.

Set your expectations appropriately

Set your expectations appropriately

Regular maintenance keeps your awning clean and helps slow the deterioration process, but once your awning is “neglected,” cleanings only do so much.  If your awning has not been cleaned in years and it’s really faded, stained and dirty, even advanced techniques and solutions may not be able to restore your awning to it’s “New Look”.

Quick Rule: Set your expectations on how proactive you’ve been.

That’s why starting a regular cleaning & maintenance program for new and existing awnings is highly recommended.

Protect your investment by scheduling regular cleanings and inspections to keep your awnings safe, clean and looking great!

Top 10 Reasons to Clean Your Awnings!

Cleaning Awnings

Water-fed Pole Technique

  1. PROJECT a positive, healthy image.
  2. INCREASE awning life expectancy.
  3. REMOVE embedded soil, grime, mildew and pollution.
  4. REVITALIZE neglected awnings.
  5. REDUCE fading and color loss.
  6. RESTORE image effectiveness.
  7. REPLACE plasticizers and protectants.
  8. ENHANCE advertising value and professionalism.
  9. SAVE MONEY replacement costs are what?!?
  10. FEEL GOOD as you make a great first impression!


 Fish Window Cleaning is a National Franchise with 220+ franchisees located throughout the United States.  FWC corporate headquarters are located in St. Louis, MO.

John Gran and Cynthia Julian own and operate the franchise located in the Los Angeles – South Bay, providing residential and commercial window cleaning, gutter cleaning, chandelier cleaning, pressure washing, and more.

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