How to Wash a Garden Parasol

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How to Wash a Garden Parasol
This is a classic example of a vintage garden parasol. (George Marks/Retrofile/Getty Images)

A garden parasol is another way to refer to a patio umbrella or garden umbrellas. Such forms of umbrellas have a highly specific use, meant to provide shade for large chunks of space in the garden or yard, and even at the beach. A garden parasol not only has a highly practical use of shielding the users from the dangerous UV rays of the sun, but also gives your outdoor landscape a splash of colour. Since these parasols have such a constant exposure to the elements, you should wash them at least once or twice a year.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Broom
  • Hose
  • Foaming tile cleanser
  • Bucket
  • Scrub brush

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open your garden parasol so that it is in its fully exposed position. If it is attached to a table, lay a dust sheet or old sheet to shield the table. Brush off leaves, dust and dirt from the exterior of the parasol with a broom. Do a vigorous, thorough job.

  2. 2

    Rinse off the fabric of the parasol with your garden hose, jetting cold water steadily over the parasol. Shake the excess water off the parasol.

  3. 3

    Spray the exterior and interior of the garden parasol with a can of foaming bubble tile cleanser. Cover every inch of the parasol with this cleanser. Allow the foaming cleanser to soak for three minutes before scrubbing.

  4. 4

    Fill a bucket with 1 gallon warm water. Dip a scrub brush in the water and scrub down the exterior of the parasol, covering every inch of the surface. Allow the cleanser and water to soak into the fabric for five minutes.

  5. 5

    Rinse the parasol with the cold water from your garden hose. Shake it out vigorously and allow it to air dry in the sun.

Tips and warnings

  • It's important to clean your garden parasol before storing it.

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