Maintaining and cleaning a sail shade doesn’t need to be super time consuming. Our simple step-by-step method of how to clean a sail shade can help you keep your shade sail looking at its best. 

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Your sail shade can be cleaned at any time using a solution of mild detergent and water. If you’d rather use a pre-mixed solution, our shade sail spray cleaner and stain remover is an excellent and convenient choice. Should you wish to pack away your sail shade for winter, it’s best to clean it beforehand so it’s kept in good condition while being stored and doesn’t become a crumpled mess. It’s also important to make sure your sail is fully dry before it’s packed away.

Step by Step Cleaning Guide

  1. Firstly, detach your sail shade from its fixings. 
  2. Apply the mild detergent and water solution or spray cleaner with a sponge or a very soft bristled brush.
  3. Let the solution stand on the fabric for 10 minutes.
  4. Once the solution has settled, rinse the fabric thoroughly with water.
  5. Allow your sail shade to dry naturally outside.
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Commonly asked questions:

Can you machine wash a shade sail?

Unlike other sail shades, our waterproof sail shades by Kookaburra are machine washable. You can put them in the washing machine for a cycle at no more than 40 degrees temperature. 

Please note: our sail shades are NOT to be tumble dried and they shouldn’t be scrubbed with any abrasive cleaners, scouring pads or stiff bristled brushes. Don’t ever use bleach while cleaning your sail shade as this could remove the waterproof and UV protection.

How do you get mould out of a shade sail?

If you keep on top of cleaning your sail shade regularly, it shouldn’t get too dirty. If your sail shade does have mould spots, first try the method above to clean your sail overall. 

If you find the stains are stubborn and haven’t been removed by the initial cleaning method, then it’s a good idea to repeat the steps for that particular area.

How often should I clean my shade sail?

Cleaning your shade sail is always a good idea (assuming you do it correctly!). We suggest cleaning your sail every 2-3 months to keep it in excellent condition. If you start to notice a mildew problem forming, clean it once a month. 

Care for your sail shade weekly by removing excess debris like leaves, animal droppings and dust from the top of your sail. The easiest way to do this is with a garden broom.