Since a pergola is exposed to the elements on a constant basis, they will require regular cleaning. The way you clean your pergola will depend on the type of pergola you have. Here are some simple tips to clean your own pergola.
A vinyl pergola or a pergola made of composite material is very easy to maintain. Cleaning a vinyl product is usually as easy hosing it down. You may need to use a mild soap and a scrub brush to clean stubborn mud or stains. You don’t want to use harsh household cleansers as these can discolor the vinyl material.
A wooden pergola is a little harder to maintain. It should have a seal applied just like a deck does. If it needs cleaning you can use a low pressure power washer to clean away any debris or mud. Mildew and mold can be cleaned with a mixture of bleach and water. You want to keep the bleach concentration low to avoid staining or damaging the wood. If this doesn’t work, you can sand the pergola and apply a fresh layer of stain and sealant. There are many companies that offer professional deck cleaning, and these companies will also be able to clean a pergola if you don’t have the time.
Keeping your pergola clean will add to the beauty of your backyard. Keeping it clean isn’t difficult with a little bit of preventive maintenance.