As the mum of five young children, I know how important it is to have access to a safe outdoor space for your children to play. Being cooped up in the house all day isn't good for the kids or the parents, but you also can't let young kids play in a space that's hazardous. When we bought our new family home, there was a lot of work to do in the garden to make it childproof, and we also wanted to make it a fun place for the kids to play. We erected a new fence, fitted a combination lock on the garden gate, had poisonous plants removed, cordoned off the pool and created a play area complete with swings, a slide and outdoor games. I started this blog to share my DIY gardening tips, and I hope you find it interesting and useful.
A fabric patio umbrella makes a stylish sunshade, but an unexpected shower can ruin the material, and if you put the umbrella away while it's still damp, mould and mildew can form, leaving unsightly stains and a nasty smell. However, waterproofing your patio umbrella is a simple job that can be done in a couple hours. Read on to find out how to do it.
What you'll need
A good quality waterproofing preparation will not only protect your umbrella from the rain, it will also help to repel dirt and will offer protection from the fading effects of the sun. Most large DIY stores sell a good range of waterproofing products – look for one that comes in spray form and is suitable for use on fabric. Once your umbrella has been treated, all you need to do to keep it clean is to wipe off dirt with a damp cloth.
How to do it
Waterproofing your fabric patio umbrella will protect it from water damage and staining, and will prevent sun-fade too. The waterproofing will wear off after a while, so it's a good idea to apply a new coat of spray at the beginning of each season to make sure the protection is continuous.Share