You want your patio cover to look great all the time, but especially when you are entertaining family and friends in your backyard.
But your patio cover is outdoors, which means that it is subject to the elements. Rain, snow and even wind can leave a layer of dirt and debris on your patio cover.
So what can you do to make your patio cover look its best? By cleaning it, of course!
Removing Dirt and Debris
Many patio covers are made out of aluminum, which is relatively easy to maintain.
Normally, rain will help keep its surfaces relatively clean. But if you live in a heavily industrialized area or have experienced violent storms recently, you may need to give Mother Nature a hand by removing built-up dirt and debris from your patio cover.
The areas that get the dirtiest are under he eaves, awnings, and other overhangs that have the least amount of exposure to natural cleansing from rainfall.
Types of Dirt
To remove moderate dirt, clean your patio cover with clear water from your garden hose. Use a soft bristled brush to scrub away stubborn stains.
If your patio cover has heavier accumulations of dirt and other substances, combine 1/3 cup of laundry detergent with 2/3 cup of trisodium phosphate (a common cleaning compound that is sometimes sold under the brand name Soilax), with 1 gallon of water.
Scrub the surfaces of your patio cover with a soft bristled brush that has been submerged in the solution. Use a long pole attached to the brush to get to the hard to reach areas.
Then rinse the patio cover with fresh water from your house.
If a patio cover hasn’t been cleaned recently, it may get mildew in the form of black spots. Don’t worry, these are easy to remove.
Combine 1/3 cup of laundry detergent, 2/3 cup of trisodium phosphate, and 1 quart of bleach with 3 quarts of water. Wearing heavy duty rubber gloves use a brush soaked in the solution to remove the mildew then rinse with clean water.