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How To Clean A Cantilever Parasol …

How to Clean a Cantilever Parasol …

Cantilever parasols provide an attractive feature to any garden.

They can be vibrant, while giving relief from the hot burning sun. They can keep drinks cool and the sun out of your eyes, they can even offer shade from a breeze on a windy day.

A parasol is a must for entertaining outside on a warm day, as it ensures you have the right protection as you while away the hours chatting at a table or picnic bench. Of course, in Britain, we experience a lot of rain and it’s not always possible to bring the cantilever parasol in from the elements. This can result in mould or dirt on the fabric, and rust on the mechanics.

Cantilever parasols are large, and as such cannot be fully immersed in warm water in order to clean away the debris. Here are some tips on how to clean a cantilever parasol.

Use natural ingredients to clean your Cantilever Parasol …

You usually don’t need anything heavily scented to clean a cantilever parasol. That’s because the fresh air usually gives a scent many try to imitate indoors. Instead choose natural ingredients to cut through the mould and to sterilise the fabric.

At this point, if you have a steam cleaner, that would probably be the best tool for cleaning the parasol. All you need is water and an electric supply.

If you don’t own a steam cleaner, you can still achieve good results with a bucket of hand hot water and these ingredients:

  • White vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Lemon Juice
  • Salt


The salt acts as a natural abrasive to remove stains and absorb mould. The baking soda and vinegar react to lift mould from the fabric. They will also sterilise and deodorise the parasol. The lemon juice cuts through grease and will make washing easier. Make sure you have a bucket of hot clean water to rinse.

At this point all you need is elbow grease …

Unfortunately if the parasol is very mouldy, it may be nigh on impossible to remove it. We sell a wide range of cantilever parasols that could provide an attractive replacement. You can also buy parasol covers to prevent damage happening in the future, these should protect your parasol against the elements.

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