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Pergola Care & Cleaning - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do I use to clean my pergola?

The durable vinyl exterior of your Heartland Pergola will maintain its beauty for years to come. For spring cleaning of dirt and grime, mix a basic all-purpose cleaner such as Simple Green® with hot water, then scrub with a soft bristle brush. You can also tackle hard-to-clean stains or scuff marks with a Mr. Clean® Magic Eraser®.

Q: Can I power wash my pergola?

Yes! A power washer is an excellent way to avoid any brush cleaning as well as get hard to reach places around your purlin holders and purlins.

Please take into consideration the power of your machine. There are commercial power washers that are strong enough to remove the paint off your new car. Start back at a distance on a low-pressure spray and work your way up if needed. Too much pressure, or moving the spray nozzle too close to the vinyl can damage it. You might be surprised to find out how well a normal hose with a good spray nozzle works too!

Q: How often should I clean my pergola?

For most people, it’s just as needed.

Rain may splash up dirt and mud along the bottom of your posts. Dust may accumulate and then turn to dirt and grime around your purlins and top roof section of your pergola. This usually just requires a quick spray down of the hose when noticed. Some people choose to do a yearly or bi-yearly power wash as part of their Spring and Fall outdoor cleaning routine.

Q: Can I grow vines on my pergola?

Traditional pergolas are notorious for being part of large sprawling gardens and they provided shade by being covered in thick vines and climbing plants.

Vines can increase the amount of shade your pergola provides and enhance the natural beauty of the structure.

Do avoid woody vines however. Woody vines such as wisteria or English Ivy can undermine the structural integrity of your pergola.

Close up of Yellow flower vines growing on the posts and beams of a vinyl Heartland Pergola

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