MAINTENANCE - Standard Shade Sails
Follow these instructions to extend the life of your “Shade Plus” shade sail system.
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Cleaning. Wash the sail every 6-8 weeks with a garden hose using moderate water pressure. Give both the top and the underside a good soaking.
Stains or Mould. Remove any foreign object that is likely to stain, such as bird droppings, leaves, etc., as soon as possible. Use a nylon broom to assist with stain removal. Do not use bleach or any solvents. If the stain has not shifted, you can use a non-caustic product. Currently we are recommending dishwashing liquid, “Wet n Forget”, “Equal” and “30 Seconds”. Similarly, should mould develop after 3-4 years on the underside of the sail, spray with one of the above recommended cleaners and then rinse off.
Taking Down. Prior to taking down a sail, mark the thread of the turnbuckles with a felt pen. Also label one corner of the sail. These first two steps will assist with later restoration of the sail. Place a screwdriver between the shafts of the turnbuckle, and then loosen the lock nuts. Then loosen the turnbuckle (N.B. the thread may be either left or right handed). You may need to loosen more than one turnbuckle in order to unhook it. Loosen as few as possible to make hooking it back up as easy as possible. Be careful not to drag the sail as you may cause abrasion damage.
Storage. Ensure the sail is dry. Dampness will not affect the sail fabric but may shorten the life of the stitching. Loosely roll the sail up and place it in its storage bag. Store in a dry and rodent free location.
Jammed Turnbuckles. Turnbuckles can jam or seize when they come under severe pressure. Common causes are snow lying on the sail or extremely high winds. If seized try using CRC to free it. If that fails your only option is to replace the turnbuckle.