Creating A Beautiful Home

Answering Two Of Your Concerns About Maintaining Patio Covers

by Serenity Harris

A patio can be a great feature for any home because it can provide families with comfortable areas to enjoy sunny days. To prevent exposure to excessive sunlight, it is common for homeowners to install cloth patio covers. These covers can effectively shade your patio, but they will be subject to intense weathering. Fortunately, you will have a better idea about how to ensure that your patio covers last for as long as possible.

What Should You Do For Mildew Spots On Your Cloth Patio Cover?

Mildew is a common problem for patio covers, and in addition to making it smell foul, this problem can also result in ugly stains on the cloth. Fortunately, there are tips that you take to remove this problem and prevent it from returning.

You can remove mildew spots from your patio cover by mixing standard laundry detergent with water and spraying it on the spot. You can use a scrubbing brush to gently remove the mildew once the detergent has loosened it. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the patio cover with a garden hose to ensure you remove all of the detergent or else white crystals may form as it dries.  To prevent mildew from forming in the future, you should treat the patio cover with a weatherproof sealant. This will prevent water from soaking into the patio cover, which create conditions conducive to the growth of mildew.

Can You Prevent The Sun From Bleaching The Color Out Of Your Patio Cover?

Another issue that is fairly common for patio covers to experience is a bleaching of the colors in the fabric. While many homeowners assume that there is little they can do to prevent their patio covers from bleaching, you may be surprised to learn that this is not the case. It is possible to purchase weatherproof fabric sealants that will prevent the sun's rays from harming your patio cover's fabric.

For those that want to avoid using chemical products, the only option to stop this problem is to ensure the patio cover is kept in the shade. By using trees or other large plants to shield your patio cover, you can help to drastically reduce this form of wear.

Getting the most from your investment in a patio cover does not have to be an extremely difficult chore. Knowing the steps you can take to remove mildew from the cloth patio covers as well as how to stop the sun from bleaching the color out of the fabric, you will be a more informed homeowner about this part of your home.