Patio Umbrella Care & Maintenance
Caring for and cleaning your patio umbrellas is a simple process and will keep your umbrella looking new throughout the years.
How to Clean a Patio Umbrella
There are two portions to clean on your umbrella, the frame and the cover or sometimes called the canopy..
Patio Umbrella Maintenance
Your outdoor patio umbrella is designed to provide shade from the sun, not to protect your furniture or you from rainstorms, winds or hurricanes. We know this sounds silly, but the better you maintain and protect your umbrella, the better it can protect and shade you from the sun.
Opening Your Umbrella
Opening an umbrella is not rocket science, but not knowing how can make it frustrating. Most patio umbrellas are designed to sit in deadlock position when fully closed. To properly open your umbrella, slightly push and separate the ribs outward from the center pole, then crank or pull your umbrella open. If you notice your umbrella not opening easily when cranking or pulling the pulley cord, it's because it stuck in deadlock. Deadlock purposeful a design of the umbrella in preventing wind from blowing upwards and opening the umbrella.
Closing Your Umbrella
If with manual or pulley mechanism, slightly pull or push umbrella upwards, remove the brass pin and lower your umbrella down. If with crank, simply crank the opposite direction from opening and lower the umbrella. In both cases, make sure there are no obstructions preventing the umbrella from closing all the way. Once all the way down, push all the ribs towards the center pole to put umbrella in deadlock position.
When you first think there will be inclement weather, it is always best to close your umbrella or put it away in storage. If just putting your umbrella down, make sure it closes all the way to deadlock position. This is when the umbrella ribs are all the way towards the center pole. Deadlock position keeps the umbrella from blowing open and becoming a furniture missile. If you leave your umbrella out in bad weather, we also recommend a patio umbrella cover. Also, you should always have an patio umbrella base to keep the umbrella stable and secure.
The absolute best way to keep your umbrella looking new and lasting is putting it away when not in use. Store the umbrella upright, not laying it on the ground. Something laying across the umbrella or someone stepping on it could damage the ribs or center pole. Even when storing away an umbrella, a protective cover will keep dust and other debris off of the umbrella.
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