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06/05/2012 08:27 am ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

How To Clean An Awning So It's Summer-Ready

Whether you're entertaining outdoors or just lounging on the deck, the shade from an awning provides the perfect refuge from the summer heat. But before you get too comfortable, make sure to give your awnings a thorough cleaning. When left over time, debris, bird droppings, mold and mildew can quickly lead to your coverings' deterioration. Plus, dirty overhangs take away from your home's curb appeal.

Although it requires climbing up a ladder, cleaning an awning is a fast and easy job. Simply, use a broom to brush off any twigs or large debris. Then, mix dish soap and warm water in a bucket or in a spray bottle and lather or squirt the solution on to the awning. Use a soft-bristle brush to scrub it down. If your canvas awning is rather large, take the fabric off the frame and wash separately. Then, rinse with water from a hose and air dry. Remove any cobwebs or dust underneath the awning by sweeping a broom between the bars and underneath the covering. Repeat the process every two to five months to stretch out the life of your awning.

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