Shade sails are the perfect way to extend usable outdoor living space and keep you cool and safe from the sun, they are also a stunning focal point for any garden. However, it does not matter how beautiful your shade sail once was. If it is not clean, it is going to become an eyesore.
Aside from not looking so good, a dirty shade sail is going to inevitably attract more dirt. This accumulation can reduce the longevity of your shade sail. Keeping it clean is important.
Most high-quality shade sails are made from a material that is mould-free but maintenance is still required, here are some tips to help you keep your shade sail clean this summer.
Shade cloth is made from an open weave fabric that is not sealed. Subsequently dirt can become ingrained in the fabric quite easily making it look dirty. This applies more so to the lighter coloured shade sail colours, such as white and cream.
Avoid Abrasive Cleaners
Avoid using abrasive cleaning materials, like scourers or stiff brushes. These kinds of cleaning tools can cause damage to your shade sails and even cause them to lose the ability to block damaging UV rays. Always use soft cloths to wipe away any dirt from your shade sail.
The same goes for your choice of cleaning fluids. Avoid products that contain chlorine or sulphur, as these will cause some serious damage. Also, avoid strong alkaline products and acidic products. These kinds of products will weaken the strength of your shade sail and its ability to block UV rays.
If you are not sure whether a product is suitable, stick to one that has a neutral balanced PH or just good old plain water and a little dish soap.
Steps to Cleaning Your Shade Sail
The best way to clean your shade sail is to remove it from the structure entirely and if possible soak it in a large tub or container overnight. This helps to dislodge any built up dirt. Next lay it flat on the ground and using a medium pressure hose, work the water over the whole sail. Stubborn stains might require gentle scrubbing with a soft brush.
Allow the sail to dry then store away in a dry place ready for next summer.
Ready For a Shady Summer?
Are you ready to install a shade sail? Or perhaps you have the structure but need a new shade? Our expert team at Stuart Bell Shades are ready to help.