Owning a gazebo provides a unique space in your backyard where you can entertain and relax, but it is necessary to maintain by keeping it clean, functional, and safe. Fortunately, it does not have to be a complicated process, and sometimes something as simple as cleaning your gazebo curtains makes a huge difference. After all, you want this space to feel fresh and clean all the time, hence the need to wash and clean your curtains regularly. Regular cleaning of your outdoor drapes makes a massive difference in keeping the space inviting. Below are unique tips that will help you keep the curtains mildew and dirt-free.
Take Care of Stains and Messes Immediately
You use your gazebo regularly, which means that you expect certain things to happen. One of these would be spills and splatters. While there is nothing you can do to avoid such occurrences, you can take care of this mess as soon they happen. Doing so ensures that the stains on the curtains do not worsen, which happens when you postpone cleaning the mess immediately. A quick clean-up as soon as the spillage occurs may spare you the headache of a deep clean or having to find stronger cleaning detergents to get rid of ugly food stains later. It may also mean less abrasive cleaning later on, thus sparing your curtain’s fabric and guaranteeing longevity.
Pre-soak Dirty Fabric
Sometimes the curtains in your gazebo accumulate dust and dirt due to prolonged use. If they are too dirty, soaking them before washing will simplify the cleaning process and help them become clean faster. You can create a cleaning agent using warm water and a quarter cup of mild washing detergent. Gently submerge the dirty fabric and wait for a few minutes or hours. Once you are satisfied that all the dirt is loose, you can use a soft brush to scrub off stubborn areas before rinsing it off. It does not have to be labor-intensive. Rinse the fabric in lukewarm water and hang it out to dry.
Machine Wash when Results are Not Forthcoming
If hand washing the outdoor curtains does not give you expected results, you can consider machine washing them. Just be careful not to use the dryer for outdoor curtains. Instead, use mild detergent and always hang your curtains out to dry.
Use Safe Color Bleach for Mildew
If you have a problem with mildew, consider using mild color bleach to tackle it. Fortunately, most outdoor or gazebo curtains are made to withstand mildew attacks. However, if you notice that mildew still forms or you notice other stubborn stains, invest in mild-colored bleach that effectively eliminates such issues without causing any harm. Mix the detergent using a quarter cup of mild color bleach with a cup of warm water and apply this mix in the affected area for at least 15 minutes. You should then blot the area with a sponge or towel, rinse thoroughly and hang out to dry.