Aluminum Cleaning Made Easy: 5 DIY Aluminum Cleaning Recipes for your Awning

 

Has your aluminum awning lost its shine? Are you anxious to restore it to its former brilliance? Well, if you are tired of tolerating a tarnished awning that only takes away from the beauty of your home, we have good news. You can restore aluminum that has lost its glow using a number of DIY cleaning solutions. They are all easy to prepare and relatively inexpensive. Here are just a few:

 

  • Vinegar or cream of tartar and water: Use this mixture in order to restore discolored aluminum. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to every quart of water used. (You can increase the concentration of cream of tartar or vinegar depending on how discolored the aluminum is.)
  • Several slices of lemon, water, and vinegar: The advantage to this recipe is that all of these items are readily available in most households. Mix 4 cups of water and 1 cup of vinegar in a container or spray bottle. Rub the lemon on the surface of the aluminum and then use the solution for a rinse.
  • Mild dish liquid and water: For oil that has built up on aluminum, a degreaser is necessary. Mix the two together in order to remove mild stains.
  • Soap flakes, vinegar, baking soda and cream of tartar: Mix ¼ cup of flakes, ½ cup of vinegar, ½ cup of baking soda, ½ cup cream of tartar. Blend the solution into a paste. Apply this paste to the surface of the aluminum item with steel wool. Then rinse.
  • Laundry detergent and bleach: You will need this stronger solution if there is mildew or mold present.

 

Things to Remember when Cleaning Aluminum

 

It is important to also employ the right techniques when cleaning aluminum to optimize each cleaning. First, remember to clear the area of all things that may be damaged by whatever solution you use. With the exception of bleach, the above solutions are relatively mild, but take all necessary precautions. Next, clean from the top to the bottom to avoid cleaning the same spot over and over again. Finally, ask for help if needed.

 

In conclusion, the most important thing to remember is that although our aluminum patio awnings in Sacramento are very versatile and durable, they are not invulnerable. Clean your aluminum awnings regularly with one of the DIY solutions listed above or with store bought cleaner to prevent the buildup of tarnish, dirt, grime etc. These techniques also work on our aluminum trellis in Sacramento.

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7 Common Myths about Aluminum Patio Covers

One of the greatest challenges we at WC Awnings in Sacramento face as a seller of high quality aluminum patio covers is dispelling the many myths that people hold about our product and about metal patio covers in general. Moreover, some people do not even know that aluminum patio covers are a viable alternative to wooden patio covers. We would like to take some time to push back against some common myths that surround our product so that consumers can make an informed choice when choosing to accessorize their patio.

  • Myth 1: Aluminum Patio Covers Are Unsightly: Many sites that promote their wooden patio covers advance this inaccurate notion about aluminum patio covers. With the styles, designs and colors that are available from WC Awnings, it is simply not true that aluminum patio covers are unsightly. We have a selection of patio cover types that range from Beachwood to Sienna, to Sandalwood and others. We can make your solid aluminum patio cover in Sacramento as attractive as any wood cover.
  • Myth 2: Aluminum Patio Covers Require Intense Maintenance. In fact, aluminum is a highly durable metal that is easy to maintain. Moreover, unlike wood it does not need to be sealed, stained etc.
  • Myth 3: Aluminum Patio Covers Increase the Likelihood of Lighting Strikes: In fact, it is rare that lightning strikes buildings directly. Moreover, metal conducts electricity. It is not an attractant.
  • Myth 4: Aluminum Patio Covers Rust Easily: Aluminum covers are resistant to corrosion and rust. Moreover, paint is added to our covers too as an added protection against rust.
  • Myth 5: Aluminum Patio Covers are Loud: Aluminum covers are quieter than you might think.
  • Myth 6: Aluminum Patio Covers are Easily Dented by Hail: Our aluminum covers are indeed capable of withstanding winds, snow, hail and other environmental conditions. They are stronger than wood patio covers in this regard.
  • Myth 7: Aluminum Patio Covers are simply too expensive: When factoring in the cost of an aluminum patio cover how long they will last, they can be surprisingly affordable. A well-made patio cover can last for many years saving you the cost of replacing it over and over again.

In short, aluminum patio covers are a practical alternative to wood patio covers. At WC Awnings we can accessorize your patio with an attractive and durable awning that will last many years. So, the next time you hear one of these myths about our product, you’ll be able to distinguish fact from fiction.

A Guide to Cleaning Your Aluminum Awning

As we have noted all throughout our site, aluminum is a particularly resilient metal. For example, it is highly resistant to heat, water and rust. However, aluminum is not indestructible. It can corrode if it is not properly maintained. It takes some care to protect aluminum in a manner that enhances its natural beauty and extends its life. Our louvered awning in Sacramento and our solid aluminum patio cover in Sacramento can be made to last for many years with the proper care and cleaning. That is why we recommend you take special care to learn how to mitigate the effects that mold, mildew and other containments summer can deposit onto your awning or patio cover. Here are some tips for cleaning aluminum.

  • Clean Regularly: Create and maintain a schedule and stick to it. Try cleaning your awning along with your aluminum siding, fence, etc., at least once a year. Dirt and other debris not only take away the beauty of your home, it can corrode aluminum over time.
  • Gather together the right gear: To start, you will need laundry detergent, bleach if there is mildew on the siding, water, a cleaning brush, gloves, protective eye wear, a hat, and a jacket.
  • Invest in a power washer: If you do not already own one, you should rent a power washer from your local home improvement store. They are useful for cleaning many kinds of structures outside your home such as fences, gates, terraces and of course awnings and patio covers.window
  • Rinse the surface before and after applying cleaning solution: Properly rinse and scrub the surface before applying the cleaning solution. Also, remember to set the power washer on a sufficiently low setting so as not to damage the structure.
  • Work from the top down: Scrub with a soft brush starting at the top and moving downward towards the bottom since runoff will always follow the flow of gravity. Also, if you need assistance when reaching high areas, do not hesitate asking someone for assistance.
  • Use proper technique: Spray water at an angle and in a steady motion.
  • Be patient: Decks, fences, railings, awnings and patio covers may take a while to dry after a thorough cleaning. Be patient and revel in the results.

Finally, the special care you take in creating and adhering to a regular cleaning schedule will pay off in the form of a lovely, attractive awning or patio cover that will last for years and that will increase the curb appeal of your home.

Interesting Facts about Aluminum

Many of us think of aluminum as only being useful for wrapping leftovers in but its uses are far more varied than that. It is in fact used in everything from soda cans to aircraft and automobile engines to the latest iPhone. Its ability to be integrated into a number of items is one of the reasons we use this material in manufacturing patio covers. Apart from its extreme adaptability, it is burn-resistant, won’t crack, peel, warp, rot, or attract termites. It is the perfect material for providing protection from the elements and for helping to beautify your home’s exterior. But what are some other details about this second most abundant metallic element that may be of interest to you our visitors? Here are some facts about this fascinating element.

  • Aluminum was unknown until it was discovered in 1825 by Hans Christian Ørsted. SONY DSCThis makes aluminum the youngest of the commercial metals.
  • More than 8% of the earth’s crust is made of aluminum.
  • The Washington Monument was once capped with an aluminum top because the metal was thought to be so precious.
  • Recycling one aluminum can, can save enough energy to power a 100 watt light bulb for hours.
  • Napoleon III considered aluminum to be more precious than gold.
  • Because of its strength, 20% of the world’s aluminum is used in the construction sector.
  • China is the world’s largest producer of aluminum at 45%.
  • Rubies, emeralds and sapphires are composed mainly of crystalline aluminum compounds.
  • Aluminum’s melting point is 1,220.58 degrees Fahrenheit (660.32 degrees Celsius).
  • As much as 75% of the aluminum ever made is still in use thanks to recycling.
  • There are hundreds of aluminum alloys that are mixed and used with other metals.
  • Aluminum makes iPhones and other mobile devices tick.
  • Sci-fi writer Jules Verne wrote about a rocket composed of aluminum in his famous novel “Journey to the Moon.”
  • Aluminum walls are 4x more insulating than brick walls.

Yes, aluminum is one of the most important and useful commercial metals. We craft it to be used in covers that protect and add class to your patio. We do so with our louvered awning in Sacramento and our custom patio awnings in Sacramento. Therefore, when you order an aluminum patio cover from us you are ordering a product made from a material that is environmentally friendly, resilient and highly adaptable.

Ideas for Outdoor Wedding Decorations

If spring is known for being the season of rebirth and renewal, then summer is equally well known for being the season for weddings. After all, what bride hasn’t at least contemplated holding this most special of ceremonies in the warmth of a bright, clear summer day? One of the many advantages of owning an aluminum trellis in Sacramento is that it – along with our aluminum patio awnings in Sacramento – can make a beautiful backdrop to a wedding ceremony. Here are a few ideas for creating lovely arches, trellis designs and altars for that special day.

 

  • Tie bunting and streamers to your trellis or archway to give your wedding a simple and rustic look.
  • Lettering sprawled across your archway or trellis with phrases such as “best day ever” or “dream wedding” or “my mate for life” make for a touching addition to any ceremony.
  • Create a natural look by covering your trellis with climbing plants like jasmine vine or wisteria. This will create a lovely display that will fit perfectly with the outdoor theme of the wedding.
  • For a modern but still natural looking arch/trellis, drape upon it orchid blossom. Also, try moving flower tones from dark to light across the trellis.
  • Create a simple yet striking design by tying ribbons all around your trellis. Pink and white are popular colors for weddings.
  • Create a truly romantic look by draping your trellis with roses, huckleberry, lemon leaf and seeded eucalyptus.
  • Drape a pair of white lace curtains around your trellis/archway to create a look of elegance. Lace is simple and clean looking and can be purchased from many retailers.
  • Give your ceremony a DIY touch by using simple paper garland tied to your trellis. Paper garland is inexpensive and comes in an infinite variety of colors. (White is probably best for a traditional wedding ceremony.)
  • Create a floral bouquet archway by using flowers such as roses, hydrangea and bougainvillea.

In short, wedding ceremonies are a labor of love but just like with love they take a lot of hard work to be successful. With a sturdy aluminum trellis you will have the beginnings of a lovely and unique wedding display. Whether you have professionals design your display or you take the DIY approach, we have awnings and trellises that will add a touch of panache to your summer wedding.

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A Guide to Climbing Plants for Trellises

Trellises allow homeowners with a green thumb to have what is essentially a vertical garden. They also add a touch of beauty and elegance to what would otherwise be ordinary, bare walls. At WC Awnings we can provide you with a sturdy and attractive aluminum trellis in Sacramento as we have many other customers who wish to add this gorgeous addition to their homes. However, experience has taught us, and those home owners, that some plants flourish better on trellises than others. Here is a list of climbing plants that thrive wonderfully on trellises.

 

Coral honeysuckle: These lovely plants will wrap themselves around nearly anything in sight and as an added bonus, the nectar they yield are a favorite of hummingbirds. They typically blossom from mid-June through September.logo

 

Clematis ‘Josephine’: Developed back in 1998, this deciduous plant (meaning that it will lose its leaves in winter), is exquisitely beautiful. Since the plant is deciduous, pruning is required in late winter/early spring. Simply cut out all dead leaves and damaged branches away. The plant’s purple, white and yellow hues make a lovely addition to any garden.

 

Lilac Solanum (Solanum crispum): This fast growing plant is a member of the Solanaceae family and is native to Chile and Peru. Since it is vulnerable to frost it is recommended that it be positioned near a south facing wall.

 

Clematis: These natural climbers can twine around posts, fences and of course trellises. In doing so they create a blanket of colors that will add beauty to your home’s exterior. They are easy to grow and come in a number of varieties.

 

Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans): This deciduous vine is also known as the hummingbird vine since its trumpet-shaped bloom attracts these small animals. The vine’s tendrils grab on to any resting structure that is vertical such as fences, telephone poles, trees, etc.

Abutilon ‘Kentish Belle’: This fast growing plant – also known as the Flowering Maple or ‘Chinese Lantern’ – is excellent as a stand-alone shrub or a climber. They are relatively sturdy plants that can withstand cooler temperatures (providing that daytime temperatures do not fall below 60οF).

As long as you order your trellis now and begin planting in spring you can see the rewards of a vertical garden by summer 2017. We can quickly install a trellis or louvered awning in Sacramento
that will add beauty to your home and your garden. Our products provide shade and beauty to homes all around the area and we make sure that our structures fit your specific needs and design specifications.

How to Choose the Right Furniture for Your Patio

One of the simple pleasures of suburban living is being able to sit outside on the patio while barbecuing, holding parties and get-togethers or simply relaxing. But before you choose furniture to decorate your patio on such occasions, it is best to know which kinds are best for your particular needs. We have an aluminum trellis in Sacramento and a louvered awning Sacramentobapallo to help you create the right atmosphere above and around your patio. Maintaining a lovely patio is also about choosing furniture that is attractive, durable and blends in with your lifestyle. For this reason, we offer you some tips on choosing the right outdoor furniture for your patio.

 

The first thing you should determine when buying furniture for your patio is which qualities are most important to you. Are you simply interested in aesthetics alone? Are you interested in other factors such as durability and functionality? Knowing this will go a long way in helping you to decide what materials your patio will be made of. Here is a rundown of some of the materials that are used for outdoor furniture.

  • Aluminum – Is lightweight, durable and easy to maintain.
  • Plastic – Is easy to clean but can mildew.
  • PVC (poly-vinyl chloride) – Is low maintenance and can be made of recyclable materials.
  • Steel – Is sturdy by liable to rust without the proper finish.
  • Wicker and Rattan – Is lightweight but can collect dust easily.
  • Wood – Is durable but must be finished properly to prevent fading.
  • Wrought Iron – Is durable and sturdy but can rust.

The other thing to consider is how the furniture appeals to your own personal style. Patio furniture comes in an infinite variety of styles, colors, sizes, etc. Thus, you have the perfect opportunity to choose a set of furniture that best suits your taste from the many manufacturers who are fighting for your patronage.

 

Buying Tips

 

As we have said, competition is fierce among companies that wish to sell you outdoor furniture. Look over a variety of brick and mortar as well as online stores for furniture sets. Ask sellers questions about the furniture’s upkeep and durability and of course if there is a warranty available. If you are buying online see if free shipping or other incentives are available. Finally, design software can help you layout your patio should you need help in this area. But remember WC Awnings is always there to help you when adding your awning or trellis.