How to Clean Mildew from Retractable Patio Awnings

A patio awning.

Retractable patio awnings are a great addition to your outdoor living. But like any outdoor item, they require proper maintenance to keep looking good. They are quite a good investment and the last thing you want is to see them stained with mildew. Mold will damage your awnings if not cleaned off on a regular basis.

Preventing Mildew from Building Up

A patio awning.

The best way to avoid having to scrub your awnings is to hose them down every month to remove any dust or dirt. Mold and mildew grows on the dust itself, not on your awning's fabric. Avoid using detergents or abrasive cleaners which could remove the coating that protects your awnings from dust and stains.

How to Remove Mildew

A patio awning.

If your awnings become stained with mildew, use a mildew remover rather than bleach. While bleach will kill the mildew it will also cause discoloration to your awning's fabric. Use a mildew remover instead, the same one that you use in your bathroom.

Use your garden hose to wet your awnings completely before you start spraying the mildew remover. Let it soak for a little while and then scrub the mildew stains with a brush with plenty of water. Make sure to rinse well and leave your awnings unrolled in the sun until completely dry.