Have you recently looked at your shade sail and noticed a bit of dirt or mold starting to cover it? Don’t stress, this is can happen and there is a way to combat this. In fact, cleaning your shade sail not only makes it look impeccable – it also can help protect your shade sail.

Now before you rush off to grab your cleaning products, it is strongly advised to not use any acidic cleaning products, abrasive brushes or scouring pads. What do you use? Let’s use either sugar soap or mild dishwashing liquid and a soft bristled brush or a mop to clean this shade sail.

Now that you have your equipment, let’s tackle this dirty shade sail.

Charcoal Z16 Shade Sail

How to clean your shade sail:

To make this process as easy as possible for you, it’s important to do this on a sunny day to help the drying process. It is also vital to ensure that you complete all these steps with care, if you damage your shade sail it will reduce its ability to block the UV and keep you sheltered.

Let’s do this!

  1. Remove your shade sail and place it on a flat, clean surface.

  2. Using your brush or mop, work your sugar soap or dishwashing liquid (for best results use 70/30 water to liquid ratio) into the shade sail and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.

  3. Gently scrub your shade sail.

  4. Lightly hose down your shade sail using clean water.

  5. Spread your shade sail out in the sun to let it dry.


How to remove mold and mildew:

Still left with mold and/or mildew on your shade sail? Don’t worry, there’s also a way to combat this. You will need ‘Wet and Forget’, gloves and a soft bristled brush.

Now spray the affected area with ‘Wet and Forget’ and gently scrub with the brush. Once you’ve completed this, hose your shade sail down with clean water and allow it to dry.


How often should I clean my shade sail?

Now that you know how easy it is to clean your shade sail you may want to keep it clean preventing mold and mildew to build up over time. We recommend to clean your shade sail every 2-3 months. However, a quick sweep once a week is recommended if your shade sail picks up leaves, dust or animal droppings.