Restoring Your Old Gazebo Cover

A gazebo cover will fade and develop minor damage over time. Stitches will fray and come loose, falling bits of tree limbs may cause isolated punctures, and mold and mildew will try to take over. From cleaning to patching, there are several things you can do to restore an old gazebo cover.

Restoring Vs. Replacement

Before you undertake a long restoration project for your gazebo cover, evaluate the damage honestly and determine whether restoration is the best route to take. If the gazebo cover is extensively damaged, marked by numerous punctures or coming apart at the seams, you may decide that replacement makes more sense than trying to fix the old one. On the other hand, if the damage is esoteric and minor, restoring the existing gazebo cover can save a lot of money.

Pressure Washing Gazebo Covers

Perhaps the simplest way to restore your backyard gazebo is to gie it a thorough cleaning with a pressure washer. High pressure bursts of water are effective in removing dirt and mildew stains, but you have to careful that you don't create damage while performing a routine cleaning. Pressure washers may increase the damage to frayed seams or even make minor rips in old and weather-worn materials. This method works well for those who want to do the job quickly, but the best results come from a hand washing with soapy water.

Removing Mildew

The cover of your steel gazebo is going to attract mold and mildew over time. Instead of using harsh chemicals to clean these stains, many people have discovered that a mixture of household bleach and warn water is safer and present a better finished result. Additionally, household bleach is an antibacterial disinfectant, and that means that it will not only remove mildew, but it will also help to prevent it from coming back again.

Making Minor Repairs

Restoring your gazebo cover also means examine the material for seams that are coming undone or other minor repairs. repairing seams and stitches can be done with a heavy duty waterproof thread and a large sewing needle. Take your time during the sewing process, and use  a double, bi-directional stitch to get the best possible seal.

Installing a Patch

If the gazebo cover has punctures or tears that need to be repaired, the easiest solution may be to apply a patch instead of trying to perform a direct repair. To patch a hole, use two piece of canvas, one above the damaged area, and the other below it. Sew the two patches together, effectively sandwiching the damaged area between two layer of replacement material. For best results, use a sewing machine to install patches, because it will give you a much tighter stitch pattern that can last for years. Stick on vinyl patches are also available, as well as patches that can be ironed on. These two types, however, are not as dependable as a sewn patch, and should only be used for small areas of damage, not for large holes or tears.