How to clean your outdoor umbrella

If you own an outdoor umbrella you will know that it’s usually very exposed to the elements and subject to all kinds of weather.

Use these tips and cleaning instructions to extend the life of your umbrella.


  • Be sure to brush off any loose dirt or leaves that have landed on the umbrella canopy. 
  • During winter months when the umbrella is not used it is beneficial to store it away in a dry place protected from the wind. Be sure the umbrella is completely dry before storing to prevent mould or mildew developing while in storage. It is best to store your umbrella upright to help prevent any undesirable pests doing damage to the canopy while in storage.
  • The acrylic fabric of a good quality umbrella should resist mildew growth, but if your umbrella does develop mould, to clean this or other stubborn stains like bird droppings, dirt or pollen remnants there's a solution:
  1. Prepare a solution of bleach (240ml) and mildew soap (60ml) and clean water (approx 4 litres).
  2. Spray on entire area and allow time to soak into the umbrella fabric.
  3. Scrub with a soft brush and rinse thoroughly with clean water.
  4.  Allow the fabric to air dry.

NOTE: As not all acrylic fabrics are created equal, it is important to test a small insignificant area of your umbrella canopy with this solution before applying it to the full area.


If stain or mildew is severe the quantities of bleach may be increased. Again, this is a suggested solution for high-quality acrylic fabrics and may cause permanent damage to different or inferior fabrics so it is important to test first or if unsure, go back to the manufacturer for their recommendation.