Check your hardware for operation at the beginning of each season, lubricating buttons, handles and threaded knobs. Be careful not to get petroleum based lubricants on your awning fabrics. Remember to lower on end of your awning if you are going to leave it extended during rain storms and roll up when leaving unattended or during periods of high winds. Most awning damage we see is related to water pooling on the fabric or awnings worn loose in high winds. Generally speaking, neither of these conditions are covered by manufacturers warranty
Vinyl awning fabrics are mildew resistent. Mildew will form on the tree sap, dirt and dust that accumulate on an awning in normal use. Periodic cleaning can prevent this. Clean with a commercial awning cleaner. Extend your awning and swab the fabric using a soft brush, mop or sponge. This should be applied to the top and bottom. To do the bottom, do the top first, then roll up the awning for a few minutes. Extend the awning and rinse well with fresh water. Repeat if necessary. Let dry before rolling up for storage.