How to clean awnings. Just 5 steps for a clean awning

Does your house have awnings? You don't need a specialist  to clean your awnings. You can do it yourself in most situations, saving a lot of money in the process. To ensure a long lifespan, it is wise to clean your awnings or canopies at least once a year. There are various ways to clean your awnings, but what is the best? Complete the steps in this plan for a clean awning.

Cleaning awnings in the spring


Awnings in our country are prone to wear and tear. We have rain and wind from time to time, so they become very dirty. Without cleaning, functions such as insulation, keeping the sun out and air discharge will work less well. The best season for cleaning your awning or canopies is spring. Is it about to rain today or tomorrow? Then it is better to postpone cleaning your awnings for a few days. When you clean the awning, it will become damp. The fabric needs to dry out fully open in the sun for a full day. Please note that when the sun is too bright, it will cause drying out stains. Choose the time of day when the sun is least strong.

Clean your awning or canopies in 5 steps

There are various types of awnings available. There are awnings with arms. Or you can opt for canopies. If you want to clean a caravan awning or canopies, that works in the same way. You can clean your awning with lukewarm water. We found a series of steps you can try out. However, cleaning your awning effectively, you do with HG awning, tarpaulin and tent cleaner.

how to clean awnings1. Let down or remove

On some awnings it is difficult to remove the fabric. If you can, it is easier to clean the awning fabric. If the fabric cannot be removed, let the awning down in full and use a ladder.

2. Remove loose dirt and large bits

Start by removing large bits and loose dirt. You can often find sand, leaves or twigs on the awning. Remember the underside of the fabric too, to remove any spiderwebs. 

3. Use lukewarm water

Now wipe your awning or canopy with a soft brush or sponge. Wipe all the fabric. It means you remove any invisible dirt and you prevent discolouring.

What is the best awning cleaner? If you want to clean the fabric properly, use HG awning, tarpaulin and tent cleaner. After treatment with this cleaner, your awning looks like new again.

4. Absorb and rinse

Leave the water to absorb for just under 15 minutes. Now rinse the fabric with the garden hose or buckets of water. Make sure you rinse off all the dirt and the soap.  

5. Leave the awning to dry

When your awning is clean, it is time to let it dry out. It is best to clean your awning or canopies on a dry day, so this step is a little quicker. We do not recommend rolling up a wet awning.

HG awning, tarpaulin and tent cleaner: cleans quickly and easily

how to clean outdoor awnings First you use lukewarm water to remove the dust from your awning. If you want to clean your awning properly, use HG awning, tarpaulin and tent cleaner. The cleaner is the solution for cleaning awnings, canopies, tents, tent extensions, beach screens, and canvas covers or tarpaulins. After treatment with this cleaner, your awning looks like new again.

This is how you use HG awning, tarpaulin, and tent cleaner to clean your awning:

  1. First moisten the surface with water.
  2. Spray the cleaner evenly on the surface.
  3. Scrub well with a clean brush or broom.
  4. Leave to work for at least 5 minutes and make sure it does not dry out.
  5. After absorbing, brush the surface once more.
  6. Then rinse thoroughly with plenty of water.
    • To waterproof awnings, we recommend HG waterproof for awnings, tarpaulins and tents.

Your awning stays clean longer: 3 tips.

Strong sun, downpours, fine dust from the street, leaves from the trees … Awnings are and always will be subject to weather and external factors. However, there are some things you can take into account:

  1. Have your awning fitted by professionals with maintenance advice. 
  2. Position your awning in a strategic place, for example below guttering.
  3. Roll up your awning when there are strong winds or when it rains.

Frequently Asked Questions about how to clean a caravan awning

Why should I clean my awnings?

Awnings in our country are prone to wear and tear. We have rain and wind from time to time, so they become very dirty. Without cleaning, functions such as insulation, keeping the sun out and air discharge will work less well.

When should I clean my awnings?

To ensure a long lifespan, it is wise to clean your awnings or canopies at least once a year. Spring is the best season for cleaning your awnings, as the awning can dry out properly.

How do I clean my awnings?

Take the following steps: 

  1. Remove your awning fabric or let down the awning. 
  2. Remove loose dirt and large bits. 
  3. Use lukewarm water (and possibly a cleaner).
  4. Leave to absorb and rinse off. 
  5. Leave the awning to dry.

Which HG product do I use to clean my awnings?

With HG awning, tarpaulin and tent cleaner you easily clean your awnings, canopies, tent (extensions), beach screens, and canvas (tarpaulin) covers. After treatment with this cleaner, your awning looks like new again.

How can I keep my awnings clean for longer?

Strong sun, downpours, fine dust from the street, leaves from the trees … Awnings are and always will be subject to weather and external factors. However, there are some things you can take into account:

  1. Have your awning fitted by professionals with maintenance advice. 
  2. Position your awning in a strategic place, for example below guttering.
  3. Roll up your awning when there are strong winds or when it rains.

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