Shade sails are fast becoming a popular way to provide shade in outdoor areas. Not only do shade sails look modern and stylish, they don’t prevent natural light from entering buildings like other forms of shade and can be removed during winter if desired.
Most shade sails are produced from high density polyethylene (HDPE). This material is ideal for outdoor use as it doesn’t rot, unlike canvas. However, this material can become a trap for dirt, dust, and bird faeces. When this occurs the shade sails lose their shine and adopt a grey colour as the grime becomes trapped in the knit pattern.
Periodic cleaning of shade sails will maintain their appearance and ensure longevity. It’s important that great care is taken when cleaning, as this textile material can be easily damaged and loose its ability to block UV rays.
Cleaning shade sails is best carried out by removing the sails and placing them on a flat surface, free from objects which could tear the material. The selection of cleaning formulation is critical. Strong alkaline products will damage the sail and acidic products will weaken resistance against UV rays. Products containing sulphur or halogens such as chlorine are also harmful. A pH neutral formulation provides the best results.
It’s also important to avoid abrasive cleaning methods. Stiff brushes or scouring pads should be avoided. High pressure cleaning should be conducted from a distance and with a wide angle jet.
It’s important to take great care when removing and reinstalling the shade sails. This is dangerous when conducted on a ladder as the weight of the sail can cause you to lose balance. A solid platform such as scaffolding provides a safer option.
The Stain Eaters perform shade sail cleaning throughout Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. With 40+ years’ stain removal experience; we know how to delicately clean your shade sail in a safe manner. Request a quote!