Maintaining Your Outdoor Shade Sails For Maximum Usage

June 5, 2015

Like most household objects, shade sails need regular maintenance to ensure longevity. They need special attention because they are exposed to the extremities of weather, especially heat and sunlight and the harmful pollutants that remain dissolved into air. There are manuals and handbooks for shade sails, and if you go through these, you can find a host of shade sail maintenance options.

Maintaining Your Outdoor Shade Sails For Maximum Usage

Here are some tips to help you maintain your shade sails so that they last you a really long time:

  • The first step towards caring for shade sails is to install them properly. When digging holes for your sails, check with your utilities provider to make sure that there aren’t any cables or pipes below the ground in that area which you might end up damaging.
  • How can poor installation damage shade sails? Well, if the sails are floppy or not tight enough, they will constantly flap with passing wind and thus lose their strength soon. The riggings and screws will also become lose. In worst cases, your sail might be completely blown away during strong winds or a storm.
  • Keep your shade sails away from areas where you might be conducting barbeques. They are not made from fire resistant materials and the apparently ‘harmless’ sparks of fire which fly during the barbecue might end up burning holes in the sails.

Cleaning the sails and maintaining the anchor:

  • Shade sails must be cleaned once every two or three months for best results, even if you cannot see any accumulated dust or grime. Take down the sail and lay it on a flat surface, away from any sharp objects which can penetrate it. Use tap water – make sure chlorine is not present in it.
  • Then remove loose dust by wiping with a dry cloth. Remove twigs which may have attached to the material of the sail. Bird droppings may seem harmless but can actually drill a hole in the sail over time. Use a soft bristled brush and dip it in a mild dish washing liquid to clean stains if any. If you don’t intend to damage the UV coating of the sail, then you should be careful not to use any strong chemicals or detergents on it. If you want to add a final dose of water to remove all signs of soap and dirt, then use a hose and set the water at moderate pressure. Strong pressure will damage the fabric.
  • It is not only about the material that needs care, but also the posts and anchors with which it is tied. Check if the cables are in good condition and whether the posts are anchored well. Rust needs to be tackled with strong hands. Use anti-rust solutions to clean the posts if you see any menaces settling in. The same applies to cables, links, anchors and extensions. Check if there are loose screws anywhere especially if the posts or cables are tied to a concrete wall.
  • If you live in an area where storms and typhoons occur every year, you must be aware of the time of the year around which they take place. It is best to take down the shade sails around this time of the year. When uninstalling a shade sail, make sure it is dry since a wet sail might tear up if pulled in the wrong way. Wipe it clean and keep it in a secure box, in a dry place, away from sharp objects or rodents.

As mentioned earlier, since shade sails remain outdoors for the most parts of their usage, they tend to get damaged more than other household items. However, maintaining them using the tips mentioned above will help you to keep them stronger for a period extended than usual. It will bring you more value for money and happier times in your outdoor seating area.

Hopefully you will get all the necessary details! Go through this link to know more about shade sails.