External sun shading systems such as awnings, roller shutters, external venetian blinds and sun sails are used all year round and therefore are often exposed to changing weather conditions and soiling. Over time, a layer of dirt builds up on the surfaces of the components, and can be permanently burnt into the coating by solar radiation. In addition, dirt can penetrate the mechanism and damage movable components. It is therefore important to clean and maintain your sun shading system regularly in order to protect the high-grade materials against permanent soiling. This makes more sense than a laborious initial clean after several years. Use WAREMA cleaning tips and aids to increase the durability of your sun shading system. Restore your home to a new splendour.
As a leading manufacturer of sun shading systems, WAREMA knows what's important for cleaning. That's why you'll achieve optimum results with our aids. The tested and certified WAREMA sun shading system cleaner combined with the WAREMA cleaning glove is suitable for cleaning metal and plastic surfaces. The glove is made of a special microfibre fabric and is particularly suitable for loosening and collecting a large amount of dirt. For cleaning the slats of your external venetian blinds, it is best to use the specially developed WAREMA slat cleaning tongs in combination with the sun shading system cleaner. For efficient cleaning of numerous external venetian blinds, we recommend the slat cleaning brush.
Regular care and maintenance improve the appearance and contribute to the conservation of the shading ability. “It is worth planning this work for the end of the season, so that the spring clean the following year can be done more quickly. If you get around to cleaning your sun shading system and having the units maintained by a qualified specialist early, you can enjoy the first rays of sun carefree,” says Hannes Hemrich from the Product Management service.
In cleaning mode, the slats of external venetian blinds can be freed of dust etc. with a sponge or cloth as described. “We have developed specialised products, for example our slat cleaning tongs or the slat cleaning brush, for a practical method of cleaning slats. This makes it much easier to clean the slats, a task which can otherwise be tedious" says Hinrich Troff (technical service specialist at WAREMA). Several slats are cleaned at once with the cleaning brush, which can mean a time saving of up to 50 percent and much more besides. This makes it especially worthwhile for many external venetian blinds.
Once the fixed components are cleaned, the awning fabric comes next: over time, stains are inevitable. Occasionally, isolated dirty strips or smaller spots can be carefully removed while dry with a non-marking rubber eraser. Thickly caked dirt particles will come off more easily if you wet the awning with clean water beforehand. You can best remove partially loosened dirt with a stream of water from a garden hose. A simple cleaning solution that you can make yourself is just as effective: pour five to ten percent of mild detergent into lukewarm water, foam up the mixture by squeezing it through a sponge repeatedly and then apply the foam to the dirty areas. Make sure that this cleaning solution does not exceed a temperature of 30°. After an exposure time of 15 to 20 minutes, the fabric is rinsed with clear water. Repeat the process several times if necessary and allow the awning fabric to dry completely to prevent mould or stains from forming.
“As cleaning agents and fabric impregnation work in opposition to each other, rinsing off is an important step in making sure that as much as possible of the awning fabric's water-repellent impregnation remains,” says Hinrich Troff (technical service specialist at WAREMA). The water-repellent characteristic protects the fabric against soaking through too quickly and allows the fabric to dry better. The formation of mould is prevented if the awning is retracted when dry and well-ventilated, not only at the end of the season, but constantly throughout the year.
Awning fabrics cannot be washed in a washing machine.
Avoid heavy friction, e.g. from hard brushes or sponges. This can cause the awning fabric to become rough or damaged and may wear down the impregnation.
Good news: sun sails with an electric drive do not have to be dismantled in winter. They should, however, be packed away dry using a protective winter covering, as they do not have a cassette or protective cover. During the cold season the sail should also be disconnected from the power supply system. If the sun sail is tested, cleaned and stored fully dry, the winter break does not pose any more problems. An exception is fixed sails without a shaft. If necessary due to weather conditions or safety reasons, they must also be dismantled during the season and stored dry. The sun sail should be cleaned as is an awning fabric, and it is also important to extend and allow it to dry on a regular basis.
In order to keep insects out next spring and to stop the dust of summer from accumulating on the fly net during the wet season, autumn is the perfect time to clean the insect screens on windows and doors. To do this, they are also carefully brushed down with a soft brush and if necessary washed with a wet sponge or cleaning glove. Get your cleaning done for the winter break.
For roller blinds, curtain panels, vertical louvre blinds, pleated blinds and black-out blinds there are three main cleaning options:
- clean with mild detergent solution at max. 30°C (do not machine wash)
- wipe with a damp cloth
- brush with a soft broom or vacuum carefully
Materials differ greatly, however, and the ideal cleaning method depends largely on the fabric. Let your specialist dealer advise you how best to proceed and of what to be aware.
Dust and clean venetian blinds and roller blinds of slight soiling ideally with a feather duster.
In general, you should avoid using strong cleaning agents on your sun shading system, avoid washing fabrics in the washing machine, avoid bending sun shading products (especially venetian blind slats) and in case of doubt, always seek expert advice from your specialist dealer.
Over time, a film of dirt will settle on the surfaces of sun shading products due to environmental influences. Due to the effects of solar radiation, this soiling can become permanently burnt into or stuck to the surface coating. These factors reduce the value and possibly impair the function of the sun shading product. For a long service life of the sun shading product, the surfaces should be cleaned regularly or at least once a year. In certain ambient conditions, such as those found near industrial zones and close to heavy road traffic, the sea (salty air) or swimming pools (air with chlorine), more frequent cleaning may help to protect against surface damage caused by these conditions and against the heightened risk of corrosion.
Electrical components must not come into contact with water - risk of short circuiting and fatal danger. No sun shading fabrics can be washed in the washing machine. As a rule, no high pressure washers, abrasive sponges or aggressive cleaning agents and solvents, such as alcohol or benzene, may be used. Use WAREMA cleaning products instead for effective and careful cleaning. Only have maintenance carried out by a qualified specialist in sun shading systems.
There can be no claims for damages arising from the care instructions indicated above, as the effectiveness of these measures depends on a large number of factors that vary from case to case. Additional care instructions can be obtained from your specialist dealer.
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