By LeafTV Editor

How to Clean a Patio Umbrella. After a full season outside in the elements, your patio umbrella can get pretty dirty. Between falling leaves, berries, seeds and bird droppings, your umbrella will need a good cleaning before it is stowed away for the winter. Cleaning a patio umbrella can be a little challenging because it is so cumbersome, but it's one of those chores that needs to be done to winterize your home.

Clean a Patio Umbrella

Step 1

Lay down a protective surface on the ground. This can be a bunch of towels, a tarp or an old blanket. Make it as big or bigger than the umbrella when it is fully open.

Step 2

Open the umbrella and lay it on its side on the protective surface. No part of the umbrella should touch the ground.

Step 3

Wet the umbrella with a hose. If you don't have a hose, you can pour clean water from a bucket. You may need someone to hold the umbrella in place to keep it from rolling off the protective surface.

Step 4

Fill a bucket with clean, warm water mixed with a mild detergent. You can use dishwashing soap or laundry detergent.

Step 5

Scrub the umbrella lightly using a cloth or soft sponge. When working on tough stains you can brace the area by putting your hand on the other side of the fabric.

Step 6

Rinse the soap off with clean water, making sure there is no soap residue left.

Step 7

Stand the umbrella back up and let it sit in the sun to dry.