How Do You Clean An Aluminum Awning?

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How Do You Clean An Aluminum Awning?

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Awnings can help keep your home energy-efficient — they also have a decorative advantage. However, if they get too dirty, they can quickly become a public eyesore. Your instincts might tell you to rent a power washer to do the job. Don’t follow your instincts on this one — a power washer can actually damage the awning, especially if the aluminum is painted. Instead, buy a solvent made for aluminum at the hardware store and a soft brush to scrub away the gunk. If your awnings are too dirty to clean as thoroughly as you’d like, consider (re)painting them after cleaning. Fill a large bucket with water and add the recommended amount of solvent (refer to the back or side of the solvent bottle). Wet one awning with a hose. Next, submerge a brush in the cleaning solution, and then scrub the awning. Rinse thoroughly when finished scrubbing; do not let the cleaner dry onto the awning. Repeat the cleaning process on each awning. If you miss any areas or if some are hard to reach from the gro