Is your shade sail starting to look a little mucky? Maybe you’ve noticed stains in certain areas? While shade sails are extremely durable, cleaning helps to protect the shade cloth and keep it looking great. Dirt and debris can build up over time on your shade sail.

Rain will wash away some dirt, but cleaning is needed to get the best results. It’s advised not to use acidic cleaners, abrasive brushes or scouring pads. Use a mild dishwashing liquid and a soft bristled brush or mop when washing your shade structure.

How to Clean Your Shade Sail?

It’s important to clean your shade sail with care. If your shade cloth is damaged, this will diminish its ability to block the suns UV rays. The best method to clean your shade sail;

  • Remove your shade sail and place on a flat, clean surface
  • Ensure you wash your shade sail on a sunny day so it can dry
  • Using a soft bristle and Sugar Soap work the soap into the fabric and leave for 10-15 mins.
  • Water to Sugar Soap ratio = 70/30.
  • Gently Scrub with your soft bristled mop or brush
  • Hose down your shade sail with clean water (Note: Don’t use a high pressure hose.)
  • Give extra attention to stained areas if needed
  • Do a final hose over until water runs clean
  • Spread your shade cloth in the sun to dry out
  • Do not fold until completely dry because this can encourage mold growth

How to Remove Mold and Mildew from a Shade Cloth?

Shade sails are great for making use of your outdoor space and protecting family from the elements. While they don’t need much maintenance, occasionally a good clean is needed. Washing mold and mildew from your shade structure is very important, to eliminate any bad smells or potential damage. Wear protective gloves when dealing with mold and mildew.

  • Spray Wet and Forget over the affected area. This helps to open the pores of the shade fabric, allowing the solution to absorb and break down the mildew
  • Take your soft bristled brush and gently scrub over the cloth
  • Hose down your shade sail to remove any excess dirt and debris
  • Lay your shade sail out in the sun. This helps to kill off any remaining mold or mildew that didn’t get removed

How Often Should I Clean My Shade Sail?

Aim to clean your shade sail every 2-3 months to keep it in tip top condition. If you start to notice problem areas with mildew forming, clean it once a month. Remove excess debris like leaves, animal droppings and dust from the top of your shade sail each week with a broom.