As Simple As It Gets
Professional awning cleaners recommend that owners rinse their awnings off with water once a month. Home and business owners that do this will remove the majority of the dirt, debris, and pests that gather on their awnings. Running water prohibits dirt from embedding itself in the fabric of an awning which means fewer or no stains at all to worry about. It will also keep pollen and plant matter from building up. Best of all...rinsing them off 12 times a year negates the need for fabric replacement and any sort of repair.
A Couple Of Additional Measures
Those whom live in climates where extreme weather is the norm will want to go the extra mile for their awnings when engaging in monthly cleanings. One of the most important aspects of an awning is it's fabric. This fabric should be removed and washed in household washing machine and then air dried for maximum effect. Washing machines are great at removing stains yet gentle enough to leave awning fabric intact. Conversely, awning fabrics should never be dry cleaned nor put into industrial washing machines lest they be damaged.
Home and business owners can also use a ladder and a light scrubbing brush to remove both loose and caked in debris from their awnings and without too much trouble either. A mild dish washing soap, without detergent, will also be helpful in removing light stains as well as some obstinate debris. By applying this soap mixed with water to awning fabric and allowing to sit 10 minutes before scrubbing, individuals will save themselves a great deal of time and hassle.
Calling In The Professionals
Though the monthly rinsing of awnings keeps problems to a minimum and keeps them looking sharp year round, there will eventually come a time where awnings need more than running water to keep them healthy. While homeowners certainly hire professional awning cleaners so that they don't have to do any of the recommend rinsing themselves, awnings should be seen by and receive a deep cleaning from a professional on a biannual basis. This twice a year visit from a local pro will address all the small issues that build up over the course of the year. Left neglected these small issue become noticeable over time and are notoriously tough to fix. When professional awning services are used in conjunction with routine do-it-yourself maintenance, awnings can be kept in such a healthy state that they last for decades without issue.