With the arrival of spring and everybody keeps up with the cleaning inside and outside the house. For those who own retractable or window awnings it is time to discover the state of the textile and its condition after the winter period especially if the recommendations of the manufacturer were not followed properly.
Old fabrics are the most at risk for the proliferation of bacteria and mold; Care must be taken to carefully examine each corner of the canvas to avoid the formation of bacteria and fungi that are extremely dangerous to health.
Awning fabrics are susceptible to mold formation that can stain, weaken or completely destroy fibers.
Molds feed by ingesting the substrate on which they grow. Mold can attack synthetic fibers such as nylon and polyester when they are soiled and feeds on their bodies.
Even if there are still mold spores in the air, they can only grow under appropriate environmental conditions.
A moisture content of 65% to 100%, warm temperatures and poor air circulation promote mold growth. Here's why it's important to store the canvas in a safe and safe way and check if it is dry and free from bacteria or fungi.
How do we recognize bacterias on the awning canvas?
Molds can look like a velvety substance, white or colored, and are often accompanied by a musty smell. Isolated spots indicate early mold.
How to prevent the growth of bacteria or molds on awning canvas?
If mold is found, the infected textile should be isolated by placing it in a sealed plastic bag. This prevents the transfer of spores to uninfected areas of your yard.
If the awning is wet or damp, dry it as quickly as possible to prevent further mold growth. Dry outdoors in dry weather away from anyone.
How should you clean awning's fabric?
A thorough cleaning with a vacuum cleaner remains one of the best ways to get rid of mold. To eliminate molds systematically and do not neglect any part of the textile: vacuum the entire surface of the awning, not only in the visibly contaminated areas. As far as possible, vacuum the textile twice.
When all visible mold has been removed mechanically, wash the textile or, if possible, dry clean. Before undertaking any of these steps, seek advice from specialists. Washing removes the remaining fungal spores and mold fragments. Any presence of stains and dirt can become a source of food for mold.