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Thursday, June 2, 2011

How to Clean Your Patio Umbrella

We have owned our outdoor patio umbrella for almost ten years.  It wasn't looking so good anymore.  It was covered with green mold and mildew from years of being outside.
First thing I did was remove the fabric from the umbrella.  Yep...you can remove the fabric.  The posts of the umbrella slip into pockets of fabric underneath the umbrella.  I simply unscrewed the top of the umbrella and then slipped off the fabric.
Then I filled an old garbage can with a solution of one cup of bleach to each gallon of water.
Then we submerged the umbrella fabric in the solution.  After it soaked for fifteen minutes, my husband took a scrub brush and scrubbed off the dirtiest parts.
Then, while it was wet, we put the umbrella back together.  It's important that you put it back together while it's wet...otherwise it will shrink when it dries and it will no longer fit on the spokes of the umbrella.  Once it was back together, we hosed off the umbrella to get any traces of bleach off.
While we had the bleach and water solution available, we also scrubbed all of the outdoor furniture to remove all of the green on it as well.
The furniture and the umbrella look like new.  My kids actually thought we bought a new umbrella.   So if you have an umbrella that's looking dingy and dirty, try cleaning it using this method.  I couldn't believe how well it worked.
Don't forget there's still time to join my Swing into Spring party.  The link stays open through Friday.

-Judy

9 comments:

Judy said...

I noticed how dingy my umbrella was earlier this week and was hoping I could get another year out of it (only bought it last summer!). I wonder if this works on brightly colored umbrellas? Mine is lime green.....

Thanks for the info!
Judy

laxsupermom said...

Our outdoor furniture could use a good scrubbing. Thanks for sharing.

Pattie said...

Judy, great tips... I have a gazebo top I take it down and throw it in the wash with a little soap and bleach comes out beautiful every time...

Pattie

Sue said...

Good to know.

Now all I need is a patio umbrella!

;)

At The Picket Fence said...

You are just full of great tips Judy! We are getting ready to get out all of our deck cushions and umbrella so I will have to see how it fared in storage this year. Thanks for this!
Vanessa

Anna said...

This is great! I don't have a patio furniture set so I'd never thought about cleaning one. I'm going to tweet this.

Anna
www.askannamoseley.com

Ashley@ DesignBuildLove.co said...

what an awesome trick! I might need to try this on my loungers!

Patio Furniture said...

Great tips, i do the same thing. i clean our Patio Umbrellas, put some bleach, scrub it also....

GinnieS said...

We have a red umbrella which is faded on the top side and still beautiful underneath. Is there a way to bring the Color back? Can we use fabric paint? Thank you

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