If you have an outdoor awning, it can be a great addition to your home. It provides shade, privacy, and space for relaxing. However, if you don’t take proper care of it, it may not last as long as you would like. There are many things that can go wrong with an diy window awnings : rainwater can cause mildew to grow in the fabric; dirt and pollen can get trapped in the seams; UV rays from the sun can eventually fade the fabric colour over time; insects might lay eggs under the cover causing the infestation. 

To keep your awning looking great for years to come, follow these simple steps:

Use Commercial Awning Cleaners

The first step to keeping your diy window awnings looking great is to use the right kind of commercial cleaner. Don't use household cleaners, don't use bleach and absolutely don't use soap and water. 

If you have an awning that has been neglected for months at a time due to inclement weather, it may require more than just one cleaning. You may need multiple treatments or even professional assistance if the damage is extensive.

The best way to tell if your outdoor fabric needs cleaning is by looking at it closely. If you notice any discolouration or stains, there's probably dirt on top of the stain, which will require some serious scrubbing in order for it to come off completely; this could end up damaging your fabric so be careful! 

Other signs include dirt build up around folds and crinkles such as where chairs sit under the shade umbrella; these areas tend not get cleaned often because they aren't exposed directly like other parts, such as where people sit down underneath during parties or meals outside their homes.

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Inspect Awnings For Mildew or Stains When First Opening

  • Check for mildew and stains. When you first open your awning, check it for mould or mildew. Mildew can form if moisture gets trapped in the fabric of your awnings during rainy periods. You may also notice stains on the fabric that are caused by rainwater dripping down from nearby roofs or gutters. 
  • These types of stains can be cleaned with soap, water, and an old toothbrush; otherwise, contact a professional cleaner to have them remove these types of stains from your outdoor accessories.
  • Check for tears or fraying edges along the bottom edge where it meets with other parts of the structure (i.e., poles). Tears in these areas will allow water to get inside; therefore, they should be repaired immediately so that they do not worsen over time.
  • Look at each side panel carefully and make sure there are no holes where birds could get through to make nests inside.

Make Sure There Aren’t Any Tears

Taking the time to ensure that your awning is in good condition can save you money and effort in the long run. An awning that is torn or damaged may not be as efficient at keeping you dry and cool as it could be, so check for tears regularly, especially if they were there the last time you looked! If you see any tears or missing parts, do not hesitate to contact experts.

  • Check for tears in the fabric by running your fingers along all of its edges—both sides of every panel—looking for loose threads or small holes.
  • Check for damage around stitching on both sides of every panel by pressing firmly against an edge with one hand while pulling gently on another part (preferably around a corner) with the other hand; this will cause any loose threads from either side to move towards each other so that they are visible when seen together under direct light; if there are no such threads present then starting at one end and ending at another (such as top left corner then bottom right), insert a needle through all stitches until reaching where it started out again.


So now that you know how to clean your diy window awnings , it’s time to get it out of storage and start enjoying the outdoors again! Be sure that you look for any tears or stains before opening up your awning so that you don’t have any unpleasant surprises later on.