Hi, I’m Jason from the brand Blockout Blinds and today I’m going to show you how to clean your outdoor awnings.
So cleaning your outdoor awnings is really important, I recommend you watch my how to care for your awnings video.You need to do this once a year at a minimum to keep the dirt and everything out of the fabric so it will last the duration of its warranty and many years beyond.
And you also need to do it if you notice that there’s something on there like bird poo or something. You need to clean it off straight away.So what we’re going to need for this, well it’s pretty simple.We just need mildly soft bristled brush and a hose.
I’ve got a hose here with one of those nozzle ends so I got a jet spray. If you don’t have that you can just use your normal hose and put your finger over the end to get a little bit of pressure.
What you don’t need is solvent. Awning fabrics do not like solvents; but water is absolutely fine.Now I got a canvass awning here, so let’s go ahead and wash it.
So I’m gonna start off by just giving a bit of a hose, and I want to actually hose from the bottom, I want to hose from the top so I’m going to give it a wash; so what I’m going to do is I’m gonna start at the top of the hose and come down so all the dirt comes down.
And ideally you want to give the back of it a hose as well once you’ve done that. So, let’s get in to it and I’m going to use the jet with little pressure and just give it a bit of a hose.
Well what you probably can’t see from the video there is this awning hasn’t been washed for a very long time, it’s an old awning.But I can actually see the colour changing slightly as the dirt comes out as I’m washing it.
So I’ll just give the back a bit of a squirt which is not as easy to do so we’ll just give it a go…You got to do it without getting wet.
Now, what I’ve noticed by cleaning the back of it which you can’t see on camera, is the very first piece of material, which is the material that’s exposed on the outside of the back when it’s up has dirt just caked on it about this thick.So I’m glad I’m giving this a wash because that shouldn’t be like that.
Okay so I’ve given it a wet down now, so now I’m gonna use a broom. I’m not gonna scrub too hard, so I’ve given it a wash, now I’m gonna use the broom just to give it a little bit of a scrub.
I’m not going to push too hard, we don’t want to be too abrasive on the material. It’s just sort of get loose on any debris that are on there and just make sure that it is clean.
So we’re just going to give that a bit of a wash.
Now you don’t want to scrub too hard because it’s just to get a bit of the dirt off.
So you don’t want to scrub too hard, just to get a little bit of the dirt off.
Now that I’ve given it a scrub I’ll just give it one more hose down.
And there you have it. So, I’ve now cleaned my blind.
So, it’s obviously wet now; we don’t want to put it up.
What we want to do is we want to let it dry fully before we put it up.
And to help the fabric condition again like you do when you first get your blind, you want to leave it down for 4 days.
So of course, if you’re cleaning your blinds, you want to pick a time when you know you’ve got 3 or 4 days of nice weather. If it’s a bit of a winter it’s raining; it’s pretty much pointless.
So as long as you do this once a year your fabric should stay really clean and it should last for many years to come.
Until next time.