Awnings on a building can make a statement to visitors. If it is clean, vibrant and the color pops, people are left with a good feeling. If it's dirty, the immediate impression is that a business simply doesn't care about its image.
Awnings can add a touch of class to buildings and add what we like to call entrance appeal, making homes and businesses alike welcoming. Many awnings are made from aluminum and they give a polished, professional look and feel to windows, providing an aesthetic frame for a window. This amounts to an awesome first impression. But without proper upkeep, that awesome introduction to your business can quickly become an eyesore. Whether you are a power washing company looking to expand your services or a business owner, learning how to properly clean awnings will make clients or your business shine!
Awning cleaning is not for the faint of heart. Depending on the material, they can be delicate or solid. With metal awnings, many people think aluminum awnings are somehow impervious to staining. Wrong! The elements — be it rain, sun, snow, hail and wind — constantly assault the exterior of buildings. In addition, pollution can cause damage. Obviously there are many substances in the atmosphere that can collect on awnings and if not removed quickly, problems will develop rapidly. Cleaning awnings may not be a high priority for a business owner but with each passing day, dirt, grime and film accumulate and can degrade your investment.
Another notorious problem with aluminum awnings is the staining that occurs from water dripping from a gutter or roof area above the awning. The streaks will give the appearance of dirty lines or rust stains. Not good. Even more attention should be paid to lighter colored awnings, as streaking is much more noticeable. In addition, clean materials will help the awning better resist damage.
AWING CLEANING IN THREE EASY STEPS
Step 1: Pre-rinse
Cleaning aluminum isn't rocket science. To effectively clean an awning and canopy, the first thing is determine the type of material it is made of – which will help you select the appropriate cleaning chemical to help break down the dirt and grime. Make sure that the detergent you select is biodegradable and friendly to the earth. , making sure it is the correct type for the specific material. Next, rinse the awning using clean water from a low pressure power washer.
Step Two: Use A Detergent
After rinsing, use a presure washer detergent cleaners, and depending on the amount of dirt and buildup, you may need to use a gentle scrubber attachment. It is important to note that you should start from the bottom, as this will prevent streaks from the chemicals running down the awning. After you are through cleaning, you will give the awning a rinse. For rinsing and washing, it is recommended not to exceed 500 PSI so as not to damage the delicate surface.