As winter comes around, our patio furniture will finally get a break from a long summer of backyard barbecues and pool parties. Since most of our patio items remain outside throughout the grueling winter months, it is important to know how to protect your items when they are not in use. Umbrellas are the most susceptible to damage when harsh winds and rains begin. To keep your umbrellas protected, here are six tips that you can use.
- Choose the Right Material
If you are going to purchase a new patio umbrella, you are in control of choosing materials that are good for longevity. If you can find one that is made from steel rather than wood, there is a better chance that it will last longer. Wood wears down much faster than steel so make sure to consider the material of the base. Also, the color of the fabric you choose will determine how fast your umbrella will succumb to fading. A dark, bright or black umbrella will fade pretty quickly. Choose a white or pastel fabric if you want something that will look good after many long days in the sun.
- Use a Base
Make sure that you only open your patio umbrella if it is secured in its designated base. This is especially important if you are using it in the presence of wind. Securing the umbrella into a base will help prevent it from blowing away and getting damaged.
- Take Care of the Fabric
There are a few things you can do to care for the fabric of your umbrella to prevent staining or fading. You should take time to wash the fabric periodically. Use a mild detergent and lukewarm water to get it clean. Make sure you are rinsing out any detergent thoroughly with a hose and let the fabric air dry before closing up the umbrella. You should never apply anything with harsh chemicals to any of the fabric on your patio furniture.
- Keep Your Umbrella as Dry as Possible
Patio umbrellas are different from umbrellas that are used to protect you from the rain. Because your patio umbrellas are made of the type of fabric that is used to protect you from the sun, they need to be kept as dry as possible. When patio umbrellas get wet, the fabric can stretch making it difficult to properly use.
- Take Them Down When They are Not in Use
If you are able to, try to put your umbrella someplace safe and dry while it is not in use. Taking your patio umbrella down between uses will help protect it from the elements and prevent it from getting damaged. Additionally, if you have a dark or brightly colored umbrella keeping the fabric out of the sun will be crucial in preventing fading. Overall, it is best to keep your umbrella in storage if you have the space to do so.
- Keep Your Rain Umbrellas Long-Lasting
In addition to keeping your patio umbrella lasting for years, your standard rain umbrellas require a different set of upkeep. In the interest of keeping all of our umbrellas lasting as long as possible, here’s a few things you can do to upkeep your rain umbrellas.
- Let it Dry: Try letting your umbrella dry out before closing it up and putting it back in its bag. This will prevent mold or water damage from occurring. Leave your umbrella open and in a dry area to help the water evaporate before you store it.
- Clean Out Debris: Make sure to clean out any dirt or sand that may have gotten stuck in the fabric or metal of the umbrella. Buildup of these materials on your umbrella can cause it to mold or smell bad.
- Store it Properly: Make sure you close up your umbrella before hanging it upside down to store it. You need to find a cool, dry place to store your umbrella when it is not in use.
- Wipe it Down: If your umbrella was exposed to anything greasy or oily, such as sunscreen, make sure you clean it off with soap and water before storing.
Prolonging the Lifespan Of Your Umbrellas
Keeping the things you spend your money on lasting as long as possible is something we can all get on board with and umbrellas are no exception. If you want to save your hard-earned money on replacement items for things you already bought, try out a few of these tips and tricks for keeping your umbrellas lasting as long as possible.