Your gazebo’s fabric top needs to be cleaned every now and then just like everything else. Considering that your tented summerhouse is poised outdoors braving the heat and rain day in and day out, your shacks will definitely have dust, dirt, and grime build-up over time. Cleaning your gazebo roof might seem like a tedious chore, however, these 5 hacks will help you slide through the process in a reasonably quick way.
1. Store Them Properly
Store your canopies in a clean and dry place when you are expecting harsh weather such as storm, heavy rainfall, or snow to come in. Fabric or polyester canopies are not tough enough to withstand harsh weather conditions such as snow. Remove your gazebo canopies, wipe them clean, and store them in a clean and dry place. Should your canopy sag due to retaining too much water during light rains, consider adding extra grommet holes for better drainage.
2. Fabric Protector Does the Trick
One other highly recommended way to help preserve your canopy and extend its life is to use an outdoor fabric protector. 303 High-Tech Fabric Guard, Solar Shield Protection, Eco Advance WaterTight, Trek7 AquaArmor or other similar products can be used to apply onto your fabric top before installing it onto your gazebo for the first time.
3. Smother a Lil’ Vinegar
For canopies that have been heavily soiled, vinegar is one way to help you remove that tough stain. Simply mix about 8 ounces or a cup of vinegar with ¼ cup of mild detergent (not concentrated), and a gallon of water and scrub, scrub. Be sure to spread out your canopy on a flat and clean surface and apply the solution liberally on stains and dirt while scrubbing with the brush. Let the solution soak in for a good 10-15 minutes and rinse thoroughly with a hose. Let your canopy dry off before reinstalling onto your gazebo.
4. Use a Hand Sanitizer
An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can do wonders on a heavily soiled gazebo canopy. Slather on sanitizer onto the stained part for about 10 minutes, machine wash or scrub right after, and wash off with hot water. This should do the trick in removing the stain from your fabric.
5. Keep em’ Dry
After cleaning or washing your canopy, be sure that they’re all dried up before you store them. Keeping them in storage before they are fully dried will only cause mold and mildew to grow onto the fabric.
If your canopy is no longer in the right shape and a cleaning just won't put it back to its stellar shape, you can always browse through our wide array of replacement canopies here and avail of our 60-Day No Hassle Return Policy.