How to Clean Mildew Off Patio Umbrellas

In warm climates prone to lengthy cycles of high humidity, mildew is to be expected. Moisture and shade create a cozy environment that allows mold and mildew to form on fabrics. If a patio umbrella is stored while it was wet, it may display some unwelcome new colors when you pull it back out -- black and white. Fortunately there is a very simple remedy for this unsightly and unhealthy problem.

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Clean Mildew Off Patio Umbrellas

Step 1

Brush away as much of the mildew as possible with a soft bristle brush. Be sure to do this outside, as this can be quite messy.

Step 2

Mix two cups of vinegar and two tablespoons of dish soap into a bucket of hot water.

Step 3

Dip a soft bristle brush in the solution and use it to scrub away the mildewed area. Use more solution as necessary and scrub until all of the mildew is gone.

Step 4

Rinse the area with clear water. Spraying it with a garden hose is a quick way to rinse it off completely.

Step 5

Allow the umbrella to air dry in the sunshine.