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How To Clean Awnings Fabric

Maintaining your awning will not only keep it looking bright and at its best all year round, it will also prolong its lifespan. The great thing is that awnings are generally quite easy to look after, so follow our tips on how to clean awnings fabric and frames and you won’t go wrong!

How to clean awnings fabric

Step one – Use a long handled broom to brush off any debris from the top of the awning – dead leaves, twigs, moss and any other debris. This will make it easier to wash later.

Step two – Fill a spray bottle with some warm soapy water and spray over the top of the awning fabric. Scrub with a soft bristle brush to clean off any marks or dirt. Be careful not to scratch the fabric, particularly if it has a waterproofed coating.

Step three – Rinse off the awning with a hose until all the dirt and soap has gone.

Step four – Leave the awning extended, to allow the material to dry out naturally in the air.

Step five – Use a feather duster to sweep out the underside of the awning, getting rid of any dust and cobwebs.

Washing Awning

Top tips

  1. You only need to clean your awning about once every six months. This should be enough to keep it looking fresh each season.
  2. After washing the fabric it’s worth treating it with reproofing spray to ensure the material remains waterproof and stain resistant.
  3. Here at Primrose Awnings we sell bottles of cleaning and reproofing spray for awnings.
  4. Don’t put the awning canopy or valance in the washing machine as this may remove the waterproofing.
  5. To clean the awning frame use a wet cloth and mild detergent to wipe it down. Never use a scouring pad as this can scratch the casing.

Hopefully this guide will set you up for sparkling clean awnings this year. Let us know if you have any advice for maintaining that brand-new look!

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How To, Water Features

Caring For Your Water Feature

Whether you have grabbed a bargain tabletop water feature or splashed out on a large stainless steel fountain, you will need to care for your feature to ensure it stays at its best.

Water features require different care depending on the season. During spring and summer when the days are hot, water can evaporate quickly so you must keep an eye on the water level in the feature to prevent it running dry. Remember that the pump must always be submerged in water – if the fountain is left running but is without water, this can cause considerable damage to the pump and prevent it working properly in the future.

Likewise, in winter it is important to make sure that the water in the fountain is kept above freezing point. Water expands when it freezes, so if it is allowed to freeze within the feature, the pressure can cause a lot of damage, potentially preventing the fountain from working properly. If you have an outdoor water feature that you can bring indoors, the temperature inside your home should be high enough to prevent the water freezing. However, if you want to leave the feature outdoors, you should remove any water at the start of the winter, or alternatively try Primrose’s Fountain Frost-Free, an eco-friendly and safe product which you simply add to the water to prevent it freezing, enabling you to continue enjoying the feature throughout wintertime.

Fountains can also be prone to algae growth, particularly outdoor fountains; the supply of water together with plenty of sun provides optimum growing conditions. This can cause the water in your feature to turn green. To avoid this, make sure you change the water regularly to prevent any build-up of algae. You can also buy a water feature cleaner which will keep the water clear and free of algae. Primrose recommends Ambienté Fountain Safe as an economical, effective and safe fountain cleaner. This can also be combined with Ambienté’s Stainless Steel Water Feature Cleaner, a fantastic, innovative product designed to prevent limescale buildup on stainless steel features and to keep them shiny and clean.

Ponds

Tips For Keeping Your Pond Healthy And Clean

Now that the days are becoming longer and warmer and the winter is officially behind us, it’s a great time to make sure that your garden pond is healthy and clean. Here are some tips on how to achieve this:

Hoover up any dirt or debris with a handy pond vacuum – all you have to do is attach it to a hose, stick it under the water (making sure the bag is completely covered by water) and watch your pond become clean again. Pond vacs are an efficient and very easy to use pond tool, (not to mention affordable).

If the pond water is prone to algae and is tinged green, you can turn the water clear again by adding barley straw flakes which create an environment that is harder for algae to grow in and which, incidentally, are non-polluting and are safe for fish, wildlife and even children!

It is important to keep the water moving in the pond to prevent it becoming stagnant. A good pump will do the trick, although a handy way to keep oxygen levels up in the water is to use a pond aerator. Even pond fountains can help since they constantly turn over the water by drawing it up and then releasing it in a cool jet.

Composting, Decoration, Gardening, Weeding

Tidying up the Garden

Well it’s already February! The time has gone quickly and the snow from December is just a memory now. It’s also starting to get warmer down our way, we’re creeping towards Spring, so now it’s time to think spring cleaning for the garden!

I expect that after a few months of abandoning the garden and hiding inside away from the weather, your garden is looking like it needs a little TLC… So here are a few tips on how to get it back into shape! Weed Wand from Primrose Gardens

You can keep your garden looking neat and tidy by mark the boundaries of your flower beds with some stylish, affordable border edging. Border edging comes in a range of styles and looks great running along the edge between your lawn and flower beds. It’s flexible and can fit any length edge and is also a great way to prevent loose soil etc from spilling over from your flower beds onto your lawn.

Weeds can be the bane of a gardener’s life, and I’m sure a few will have popped up over the winter. It’s important to take special care when removing weeds that have grown up around your plants, but weeds growing on your driveway and patio can be dealt with very quickly and easily with a number of weed-killers such as sprays or an eco Weed Wand – instantly creating a much tidier area.

There are a great number of products to make it easier and quicker to clear up your garden. For example, if there are a lot of leaves and detritus clogging up your garden, a handy way to deal with this are leaf grabs which can scoop up the leaves in large volumes. And what do you do with all these leaves and other garden waste? Make compost! Composting is fantastic as it is not only great for the environment, but also provides a neat and free way to dispose of a lot of your garden waste (though don’t compost weeds!). Take a look at one of our earlier posts for how to make great compost.

Finally, where do you put all your garden tools, pots, planters and everything else when they’re not in use?

Storage is vital in any garden and will keep your tools and other items safe and protected while at the same time neatening up your garden. Greenhouses are useful storage areas as well as ideal environments for plants that require more warmth and shelter than our British weather can provide. Sheds are the traditional garden stores, though you may like to consider plastic garden stores instead since they are fully weatherproof and not liable to rot or succumb to damp. Many can also be opened by the roof as well as the doors, allowing easy use.