Have you been sitting outside, enjoying the comfort of your shade sail, only to look up and notice it’s getting a little extra grimy?
Do you find yourself frequently wishing your sail looked as good as it did the day you put it up?
Like it or not, it might be time to clean your shade sail.
Lucky for you, the Canopy Kingpin is here to teach you everything you need to know about shade sail maintenance, from start to finish.
This Dummy’s Guide will walk you through every step of the process and show you how to clean shade sails like a pro.
Okay, so maybe you’re not a dummy, but taking care of a shade sail can be a tough call for even the most experienced homeowners. You’ve been through the trouble of hanging the shade sail in the first place, and now, you just want to get back to enjoying the shade without all that unsightly dirt.
It might not be the easiest job on your to-do list, but don’t worry! Cleaning your shade sail isn’t nearly as tough as you might think. It’s important not to run outside, grab your hose and start spraying water everywhere, though! Take time to read up on all the best tips and tricks the Kingpin has put together below to help you return your shade sail to its original glory.
You might be sitting there wondering why cleaning your shade sail is really that important. Can’t you just hang it up there and let it do its job without worrying about it? Unfortunately, if you want to get the most out of your shade sail, you’ll need to do a little regular maintenance on it, for several reasons.
First of all, it looks a lot better when you keep your shades clean! You don’t want to entertain in a back yard that’s got dead, patchy grass or mildewed old patio furniture, so why would you bring your friends and family over to a space with a dirty shade sail covering it? Keep your sails clean and you’ll feel a lot better about inviting company to your back yard.
Sometimes, a dirty shade sail can start to smell. EEEW... It’s rare that these shades retain water, but every now and then, they can start to mold or mildew just like any other piece of outdoor décor. If you keep your sails clean on a regular basis, you almost completely eliminate the possibility for them to start stinking. No one wants to relax under a sail that smells weird, so do yourself and your whole family a favor by keeping yours clean.
Of course, keeping your shade sail clean extends its life and keeps you from having to buy another expensive replacement as quickly, too. When you get used to the comfort a quality shade sail can provide, you’ll miss it when it gets worn out and too ragged to use anymore. Keeping yours clean can help it look great and function even better for years to come, and save you a lot of money in the long run.
By now you’re probably thinking, “Hurry up and teach me how to take care of my shade sail already!” Read on to learn everything you need to know to get started.
You don’t need a lot to get started cleaning your shade sail, but it’s a good idea to gather everything before you get to work. This is a long process, and it could take you several hours to complete it. You don’t want to interrupt yourself by having to run around looking for some item you’ve forgotten, so do yourself a favor and keep it all close at hand.
You’ll need the following before you can get started:
Now that you’ve got everything ready to go, it’s time to get cleaning!
Now it’s time for the fun part. You’ve gathered all the items you need to get started cleaning, and now you’re ready to do the dirty work. Be sure you give yourself plenty of time to take care of this project. It could easily take up your whole afternoon, but it’s worth it!
Remember not to let young kids or pets get in the way while you’re cleaning. It’s always possible they could damage the shade sail while it’s laying down, but they could also get into the soapy water or otherwise get hurt somehow. For safety and for better luck getting the job done, too, keep the area clear from the little ones and from your furry friends.
Now your sail is fresh, clean, and ready to be used for another several months.
Now that you’ve got a clean sail, you might be wondering what you can do to keep it looking great even longer. There are a few different tips and tricks you can follow to get the most life out of your shade sail. Check them out below:
Have you got all the information you need to get started cleaning? Remember that cleaning your shade sail is an important step in extending its life, and in keeping your outdoor space as comfortable as possible too. Regular maintenance is a great way to keep weird smells and dirty appearances from interrupting your back yard plans.
Even though regular cleaning probably sounds like a hassle, don’t let it keep you from putting up a shade sail in your back yard! Your Kingpin enjoys his, and keeping them clean makes them even better for showing off to his friends during parties.
There’s a lot to be said for shade sails. They’re stylish, they’re functional, and they’re an affordable way to make your yard a great place for gatherings. You can even mix and match angled and square sails to make your yard look like the unique and incredible space it is. With a little effort, your sails can be clean, beautiful additions to your space for years to come.
So how long do sails last anyway? If you take good care of your shade sail, you can expect it to last you several years. Many include ten year warranties, but most sails start needing to be replaced after about five or six years. Give yours as much chance as possible to keep your family cool by taking care of it on a regular basis. Who knows? You might even be able to get to the end of that warranty without ever having to think about it again.