Cleaning and Caring for Your Patio Cover

Adding a patio cover to your home can provide a shady, comfortable area for entertaining or relaxing in your backyard.

But you can extend the life of your patio cover by providing the appropriate maintenance and cleaning of it throughout the year.

Annual Inspections

Your patio cover takes more abuse than other parts of your home because it is exposed to the elements 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. So it’s important that you make certain that it is always in optimal condition.

One way to do this is to make inspecting your patio cover a part of your annual spring cleaning routine. Get up

Get up on a ladder and check the connection between your patio cover and your home. If you notice a gap that wasn’t there before, you should call the company that installed your patio cover to make sure it is safe and secure.

Look for cracks or wear in along the upper and lower surfaces of your patio cover. You also should check the space where the supporting legs connect with the ground.

Oftentimes, little problems can lead to bigger ones if they aren’t addressed. So if you see something you don’t like, call the company that installed your patio cover so they can inspect and repair it if necessary.

Cleaning and Care

Because they have flat or slightly pitched surfaces, patio covers tend to accumulate dirt and debris. Believe it or not, even natural rainfall can leave behind a film if your patio cover isn’t cleaned regularly.

To clean your patio cover, you will need a ladder, a hose, a long-handled brush and a bucket of soapy water. If your patio cover isn’t designed to carry weight, never climb onto it to clean it. Instead, use the brush and soapy water to remove dirt and debris from the sides then rinse away the soapy water with the hose.

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