When the sun is shining, there is no better feeling than relaxing in the shade with a nice cool drink. But, what if your grimy umbrella is ruining the mood? Looks like you’re in luck, as this blog has all of the top tips to keep your patio umbrella filth and algae free this summer with a little help from WD-40® you can learn how to clean your patio umbrella easily! 

How To Clean Your Patio Umbrella 

Cleaning an umbrella may seem like a difficult task due to its awkward shape and large surface area, but fortunately it’s a lot easier than it looks. First things first, locate a clean, dry surface that is large enough to place the umbrella on. Remove the umbrella fabric from the metal frame and lay it out flat, being careful to not cause any rips.  

Next, coat the entire surface with WD-40® Multi-Use Product. The unique formula acts quickly to penetrate any dirt and grime that might be present on the fabric, including bird droppings and pollution dust. Once the area is covered, work the product in using a clean sponge or a soft cloth, focusing more on areas with build up or staining. For stubborn areas, leave the product on for a longer period of time, to penetrate further into the material.  Once you are happy all of the dirt has been dislodged, grab your hose pipe and rinse all of the grime and remaining product away. 

How To Clean The Patio Umbrella Pole 

Now that your umbrella fabric is spotless, it’s time to tackle the pole. When metal is left to fend for itself against the elements, (especially with the unpredictable British weather) it can lead to dirt build up and rusting. When rust takes hold of any contraption that holds up heavy items (such as umbrellas) it can become a safety risk. However, with a little bit of maintenance, you can avoid this situation entirely! 

After doing a small patch test to ensure your metal is compatible, coat the entire surface of your umbrella pole with WD-40® Multi-Use Flexible Straw. Focus the spray on areas that have rust build up, and allow the product some time to work. Next, grab a metal wire brush and begin to work away at the rusted areas. If the rust does not lift initially, reapply the product and give it some more time to penetrate. Once you have successfully removed the rust, give the surface a wipe over with a soft, clean cloth, and reveal a pole that looks almost like new! Top Tip: Thanks to WD-40® Multi-Use Flexible Straw’s bendable straw, you can get into all the hard-to-reach areas of the pole that have rust damage, quickly and effectively. 

How To Maintain Your Patio Umbrella 

Now that your patio umbrella is looking as good as new, you want to take a few extra steps to ensure it stays that way. During the summer months whilst your patio umbrella is seeing the most use, it is good practise to clean it using the above steps around every 30 days. 

After the umbrella is clean and dry, you can spray the entire surface area with WD-40® Multi Use Product which will form a protective, water repellent barrier to help elongate the lifespan of your beloved shade maker. You can also spray a layer of product onto your umbrella pole, which will protect the metal from the elements and rusting. 

We hope you found this blog useful! Now that your patio umbrella is ready for the summer, why not check out some of our other useful WD-40® guides to help you prepare the rest of your garden for when the heatwave strikes! You can keep metal furniture rust free and learn how to protect your plastic outdoor furniture with the help of WD-40® too!