Fall is in the air! With the leaves changing colors and falling, you may need to do some extra preparation for your awning. At Rocky Mount Awning and Tent Company, we serve Rocky Mount, Greenville, and the Outer Banks, North Carolina and surrounding areas with our custom awnings, canopies, and signs. We have been an in-house fabricator of awning and custom signs since 1925, and we can help make your homefront and storefront dreams a reality! We’re a one-stop shop that can create, install, and service our signs, awnings, and canopies for many years.

Though it is always wise to regularly clean your awning for good maintenance, fall weather may bring some extra challenges to be on the lookout for. And when it gets even colder in winter months, you’ll need to be especially aware of how your awning is holding up. Here are a few helpful tips to keep your awning safe and clean during fall:

  1. Clean the fabric on your awning. Brush off any leaves, dirt, or other debris that may have accumulated. Start at the top edge of your awning and work your way down to the bottom. It’s a great idea to go ahead and hose off your awning to get it really clean. Then, use a soft-bristled brush to take care of any more stains or dirt spots that didn’t come out with the hose. Mix a small amount of dish soap and warm water in a bucket, and then scrub the awning with care. Your brush should be damp; make sure to rinse regularly so that you don’t spread the dirt around.
  2. Make sure you let your awning dry. If you have a retractable awning, ensure that your awning is totally dry before you close it up. Closing up your awning if it is damp can encourage mold and mildew to grow, which could potentially ruin your awning altogether. If you have an awning that does not retract, your awning will dry on its own over the day.
  3. For retractable awnings, close it and store it during the fall/winter. If you’re going to receive lots of snow in your area and you can retract your awning, it is safest to do so. Store your awning during the winter months so that it does not get damage from snowfall.

For any type of awning, it’s important to keep it clean and to regularly brush off the leaves that are falling. Leaf buildup can create moisture on your awning, which could potentially create more problems in the future. Maintaining your awning is an important part of owning an awning!

For all of your awning, sign, canvas, and tarp needs in the Rocky Mount and Greenville, NC areas, contact Rocky Mount Awning and Tent Company today! We can’t wait to work with you to make all your storefront dreams a reality.