If you spend a lot of time in the backyard this summer, you that cute little birds might leave their droppings all over the place. And that’s how the patio umbrella is looking dirty! There was also lots of dirt, dust, and pollen on the patio umbrella that I didn’t even notice until I started moving it around. This cleaning project is so much better than using commercial products. Thus, give it a try and keep reading this article! You are in for a great DIY mild cleaner for your patio umbrella.
1. First of all, you’ll want to see if you can remove the cover from the umbrella frame. If you can remove the canvas, then just throw it in the washing machine! Wash it in cold water, with your normal amount of detergent, and then let it air dry – keep it away from the dryer!
2. Then, open the umbrella and set it on the lawn on its side. try placing a tarp underneath, it will keep all the grass and dirt out of the way. Before using any cleaner or water, take a dry, stiff brush and rub any dirty spots. You can get a lot of dirt off of the surface and can remove any leaves or other debris. You’ll notice quite a bit of dust coming off already!
3. Next, get out the hose and spray down the umbrella, front and back! Hopefully, you can take advantage of a sunny day. If you have a hose attachment that sprays in a stream, you’ll want to use it. Otherwise, stick your thumb over the top of the hose to give it some pressure! You can take the umbrella to a self-serve car wash if you prefer, but be sure to bring a bucket for the wet umbrella on the way home.
4. Then, when the umbrella is completely soaked, grab a stiff brush and a mild cleaner. I used a simple multipurpose spray: 2 tablespoons of castile soap in 2 cups of water, it worked really well! Spray any spots, stains or dirty areas, and give them a good scrub! My umbrella was looking great at this point, but if you have some really dirty spots, then you can use Resolve stain remover. Spray, scrub and let it sit for a few minutes.
Now that the umbrella is clean, you’ll just have to rinse it! Start from the top give it a really thorough rinse! Remember to rinse the back and front sides, making sure there are no suds.
Let your beautiful, clean umbrella dry in the wind and sun, keeping it up until it’s completely dry and then pack it away for the season!