If you are a restaurant, commercial building or business owner, you may have invested in a commercial awning. The advantages of awnings are tremendous. Not only do they add usable space to your building for patrons to sit or stand under, they can help you conserve more energy and save money on heating and cooling costs by acting as a shade structure. In addition to their usefulness to the space and efficiency of your building or business, they also provide a less tangible benefit: advertising space. Awnings can make the front of your store or restaurant look incredibly attractive while simultaneously acting as a sign for your business. They simply stand out. They are inviting. Patrons gather under them for relief from the sun or foul weather such as rain, sleet, and snow. But being out in the elements year-round can take a toll on these commercial awnings. In order to make sure your awning stands the test of time, it’s important to get a high-quality awning made of durable high-quality metals or outdoor fabrics such as Sunbrella Fabrics. New York City Signs and Awnings offers a variety of awning products both metal and fabric that are of the highest quality and that will make your establishment stand out. Our awnings require little maintenance, but there are a few things you can do to ensure that they look their best year after year. We offer seasonal maintenance and cleaning plans as well as storage for fabric vestibules or sunrooms or other seasonal awning products click here for more info on maintenance and storage plans. For help with new awning products, you can visit the following pages: commercial awnings, commercial retractable awnings.
If you have an existing awning and would like to know how to care for it to ensure it looks great year after year, check out our guide below.
Wipe Away Dust on the Regular
If your business is located in the city, you can be certain that you will have to contend with smog, dust and dirt particles that are going to get on your awning. The best way to keep the smog, dirt and dust from building up and causing your awning to look dull and old is to wipe away the dust and dirt regularly. It’s something that does not take much time but makes a big difference, especially if you can get in the habit of doing it on a daily basis. There are two simple ways to get rid of the dust.
You could pull out a small ladder, stand on the ladder, and use a damp cloth to wipe away the dust and dirt particles. If you don’t feel like dealing with a ladder because it’s a bit of a hassle for you, simply grab a broom, hold the handle, and wipe away at the dirt and dust with a broom. If you don’t have a broom available, use a slightly damp mop to get the job done and you’ll quickly see how much dirt and dust comes off your awning.
Pay Attention to Signs of Damage
While gently and carefully wiping away at the dirt and dust each day, always check for any potential signs of damage. If you see a small hole or rip, it’s better to get it taken care of quickly instead of waiting for it to get any worse. A small hole could easily be repaired by the professionals. However, if the small hole gets left alone, it could get so much bigger over time and then you might need to replace the awning because it’s simply too damaged to fix.
Take Care of Small Stains Quickly
Sometimes you’ll notice random stains on your awnings. For example, if a bird was flying over the awning, it may have dropped its feces on the awning. You don’t want to leave any stains on your awning because then it’s not going to look professional and the stains would get in the way of people being able to clearly read what is on your sign, whether it’s the name of your business or your own custom logo.
Once you notice stains, make sure you’re using a soft cloth, multi-purpose cleanser, and water to wipe away at the stain to remove it as quickly as you can. Depending on the material of your awning, you may even be able to use a scrub brush to scrub away at the stains and remove them at an even faster pace.
Hire Help With Pressure Cleaning
Your awning may need a deep cleaning from time to time. Pressure cleaning is the perfect way to rapidly lift and remove dirt, stains, and dust from an awning. It’s something you may want to do several times throughout the year to keep your awning looking its very best. However, you shouldn’t take on the pressure washing process on your own because you don’t want to unintentionally cause any damage to the awning.
If you want to avoid damaging the awning, you should hire professionals to help with pressure cleaning. They can come directly to your establishment to start the cleaning process, leaving your awning looking new again.
If you have an awning outside of your restaurant or commercial property, make sure you’re taking good care of it. You should remove dirt and dust regularly, check for any signs of damage, clean any stains that happen to get on the awning, and even have professional help with a thorough pressure cleaning. If your awning looks good and is free of dirt and dust, it’s going to look more impressive to potential customers.
New York City Signs and Awnings can provide maintenance services for your high-quality commercial awning.
Contact us today to learn how we can help you keep your awning in tip-top shape and ensure it looks great from year to year. you can reach us by phone at 212-461-1625 or complete this form to request your quote today.