How to store an awning?
Awnings are best stored opened out. Air fully and ensure it is fully dry before packing away. Store in a well ventilated dry place. A wet/damp awning will develop mildew surprisingly quickly. Mildew can also form when an awning is left up for long periods of time with poor ventilation.
Mildew will have a negative effect on the materials PU coating effecting:
- Water resistance
- Material longevity
- If mildew has formed, we recommend the awning is cleaned with our Awning Cleaner and our Super Hydrophobic water proofer is applied to the material.
Steel and aluminium poles should be stored in a well ventilated dry place. If left wet/damp they could corrode resulting in permanent damage to the poles. To prevent corrosion, poles can be stored with a light coating of petroleum jelly to protect them. Ensure that this is completely removed before use.
When folding the awning, zips should avoid contact with the windows when possible. Instructions on the best way to fold our awnings are included in the awning user manual.
Pegs should be cleaned and checked for damage before storage. The awning comes complete with general purpose pegs. These will be suitable for many sites but there will be some instances where different pegs will be necessary.
If an awning is stored in a very cold location, under 0˚C, it is recommended that it is brought to a warmer temperature before use, particularly the window panels. If left very cold, the windows can split during setup.