CARE & MAINTENANCE
When using an umbrella (under 11’ diameter) through a table, a minimum 40 to 50 lb base is required. The very large 11’ octagon and rectangular sizes require an even greater base weight! Always close your umbrella and secure tightly when not in use or during windy conditions. As an added precaution, disconnect the upper half of your umbrella and place it out of the elements during excessively windy conditions or when you are away.
Care & Maintenance
Umbrella Housing – Anodized or Powder Coated
For best results, we recommend periodic waxing of the main pole with an automotive paste wax to allow the center hub to slide up or down more freely. As well, periodically lubricating the spokes (with WD 40) where they connect to the center hub and also where they connect to the support ribs will allow the umbrella to operate freely.
Umbrella Housing – Wood
Little maintenance is required with these wood housings as they are generally coated with a polyurethane finish. Likewise, teak housings require minimal upkeep unless you wish to maintain the teak’s original colour in which case you can restore the original colour by applying a teak brightener and then a teak sealer. With all types of wood, it is necessary that you apply oil to your umbrella finial periodically throughout the season (your standard cooking oil will do the job). The purpose of the oil is to prevent the sun from drawing out the natural oils from the wood thus causing it to dry out and crack.
Fabric Covering – Acrylic Stripes, Solids, Textures and Linens
Acrylic fabrics (including Sunbrella from Glen Raven Mills) are made of 100% solution dyed fibre and are heat sensitive. These fabrics feature a soil and stain- resistant finish that makes clean up a breeze. For best results, spot wash by sponging briskly with a soapy solution of natural soap (Liquid Ivory or Joy) and lukewarm water (under 100F). Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove soap and air dry.
For stubborn stains, use a fabric spot remover (i.e.: shout), following the directions on the container. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and allow to air dry completely. Solution-dyed acrylic does not promote mildew growth, however mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances that are not removed from the fabric. To clean mildew stains, prepare a mild solution of one-cup bleach plus two capfuls of dish detergent per gallon of water. Spray on the entire area and allow solution to soak in. If necessary, scrub vigorously with a clean sponge or rag. Rinse very well several times with clean water and allow to air dry thoroughly.
Do not use solvents, scouring agents, undiluted bleach, janitorial cleaners or gasoline. If in doubt, choose an inconspicuous area and test the cleaner. It is recommended that you clean your umbrella’s fabric covering every year before you store it away for the winter. REMEMBER to allow the fabric to air-dry thoroughly before storing.
Fabric Covering – Prints
Acrylic print fabrics are very similar to acrylic solids and stripes. Both fabrics share base colours that are 100% solution dyed, however acrylic print fabrics have additional colours that have been printed onto the fabric. As a result, though the fabric is extremely durable and the colours equally vibrant and long lasting, a little more care must be given when cleaning. Cleaning of acrylic print fabric is much the same as acrylic solids and stripes (see above) with one major exception: NEVER use any bleach solution or harsh cleaners on the fabric as this may damage the additional colouring. It is recommended that you clean your umbrella’s fabric covering every year before you store it away for the winter.
The use of an umbrella cover when the umbrella is not in use over an extended period of time will minimize the necessity for additional cleaning and extend its life.