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Cleaning awnings: How to clean, care for and make your sunshade shine with nontoxic home remedies

At the beginning of each garden season, the topic of cleaning awnings is rung again. Somewhat neglected in winter, it doesn’t exactly beam at us when we take it out again for the first time. It has a grayish appearance, maybe a few stains here and there – not really something to enjoy or for the garden party with friends. Don’t ignore it, because it won’t make it any better, experts advise. Quickly get out the ladder and in no time it will shine again fresh, well-groomed and like new. With our tips, you can clean the fabric with non-toxic and inexpensive home remedies and enjoy the sunny garden vibes without annoying stains.

Cleaning awnings: Prevention instead of stains – you can save yourself a lot with these tips

Cleaning awnings with non-toxic home remedies

We have a few tips that can save you a lot of work ahead of time:

  • Always retract the sunshade when you don’t need it. That way, you won’t expose it to environmental conditions unnecessarily. Rain, branches or leaves and also sometimes bird droppings, which have a particularly aggressive effect on fabric.
  • Do not retract the sunshade when it is wet, because then mold can form or green stains and mildew. Always let it dry in the sun before bringing the awning in.

Clean awnings again shining beautifully

  • Also, and especially overnight, you should always retract it.
  • If fabric does get caught by a bird, you should remove the soiling before it has dried up, otherwise you run the risk that the soiling will corrode the fabric and you will not be able to get the spot clean again.

Start the season: clean the fabric with home remedies and ring in the garden season clean.

Clean awnings with home remedies instead of chemicals

For simple cleaning at the beginning of the season, we recommend you to proceed as follows. First, free the sun awning from dust and small branches with a large broom. Take a small bucket and mix in it the following means:

Recipe with home remedies for cleaning fabric.

Liquid curd soap clean awnings


  • 4 liters of lukewarm water (to a maximum of 40 degrees).
  • 50 ml liquid curd soap

Get a large soft sponge and go in circular motions, the sponge generously soaked, over the entire fabric. You may scrub a little, because the sponge is soft and can not scratch the material. For hard to reach places, you can use a sponge mop. After that, go over it again in exactly the same way with clear water in a second round to rinse it out. Now let the fabric dry completely in the sun before bringing it back in. Voila – the gray haze is gone and it glows again.

Steam cleaners and high-pressure cleaners are not suitable

Chic clean awnings proper care

Particularly with fabric privacy screens, which are mounted high and are not quite as easy to reach, one is tempted to assume that they would be a good application for the steam cleaner or high-pressure cleaner. Unfortunately, this is not the case, because although these devices are practical and also non-toxic, they can clog the material and damage it. Therefore – it’s better to stay away from them!

Stain alarm: How to clean mildew stains, green stains and the like with home remedies such as baking soda.

Clean awnings with baking soda


For more stubborn stains, you don’t have to reach into the chemical box right away, because simple, inexpensive and non-toxic remedies are also up to the task.

Cleaning awnings: How to remove mildew stains

Apple cider vinegar and baking soda against impurities

Mildew stains are yellowish discolorations that do not look particularly attractive in the garden idyll. They are not harmful to the material itself, so they do not eat into the fabric. For mildew stains, the magic remedies are baking soda and vinegar. So stir together the following:

  • 2 liters of lukewarm water
  • 100 ml apple cider vinegar
  • 50 ml liquid curd soap or a mild liquid mild detergent.

Large soft sponge Perfect for awning cleaning

Again, use a large soft sponge and treat the areas with the liquid, working it in gently with the sponge. Again, don’t be afraid to leave it wet. Leave the liquid on for at least 15 to 30 minutes. In the second step, make a

  • make a slurry of baking soda and water

and work this into the material with the soft sponge. After this, rinse in another round of clear water, again using the soft, wet sponge. Let the fabric dry in the sun, as UV light is also a helper against mildew stains. Repeat the procedure if necessary.

Remove green stains, mold stains and algae with these home remedies.

Apple cider vinegar for use against dirt

For successful removal of green stains, the following recipe is effective:

  • 2 liters of water
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 100 ml apple cider vinegar
  • 50 g liquid bile soap, liquid curd soap or liquid mild detergent.

Home remedies for cleaning awnings

Work the liquid mixture into the fabric with the soft sponge so that it is wet. Let it sit for about 20 minutes. The vinegar will help prevent future mold growth. Again, if the stains are particularly stubborn, make a slurry of house soda and a little water and work it in as well. Rinse everything off with the sponge soaked in clean water and again let the awning dry completely in the sun. When it is dry, do not forget to roll it up in case you do not need it anymore and also overnight.