How to Protect Your Patio Umbrellas and Market Umbrellas


There are several ways to protect your outdoor patio umbrella, which can extend its life by years. If an outdoor patio umbrella is left outside exposed to the elements such as sun, wind, rain and dust, it can really damage your outdoor shade. If you follow these simple steps, you will be able to use your market umbrella for a number of seasons longer than if you don’t. Most of them are free and once you get into the habit of doing them, they will become second nature.

The first thing you can do to protect your outdoor umbrellas is to simply close them up when you’re not using them. Closing your small or large umbrella when not in use will prevent it from getting caught in a breeze that can cause costly damage. Market umbrella ribs can be bent or broken, or umbrella poles can be broken just by an unexpected gust of wind that is caught by an open umbrella. Therefore, it is never a good idea to keep an umbrella open unless it is in use and you can observe if it is stressed by the wind. If you see that your outdoor market umbrella is being stressed by the wind, your best option is to close it to prevent damage. Many people sit under their umbrella while it’s stressed to its limits and then realize that a rib arm has been twisted from the stress. It is therefore important to close your umbrella when not in use and to close it if you find that it is being loaded by the wind.

Not only is it very important to close your patio umbrella and market umbrella when not in use, but it’s also important to use a feature that comes with just about every patio umbrella. This very important feature is a tie. This feature is there for a reason and not just because the manufacturer had extra fabric to use. The reason why we not only want to close our outdoor patio umbrellas, but also tie them down, is because the straight wind can catch even a closed umbrella and cause damage. By tying your market umbrella closed, you can be sure that a sneaky gust of wind doesn’t catch your umbrella and break it.

The third most important thing to remember that will help extend the life of your umbrella is to purchase an umbrella cover. An umbrella cover may cost a few dollars, but it will be among the smartest dollars you will spend. Many people spend hundreds of dollars on their patio umbrellas, so spending a little extra on an umbrella cover is a really smart investment. Parasol covers protect your parasol from sun, rain, wind and dust. They keep your umbrella nice and dry, keeping them clean and free of mold and mildew. An important tip: if your umbrella gets wet, make sure it’s completely dry before placing your cover on it to prevent mildew.

The final tip for prolonging the life of your umbrella is to bring it to your garage or shed if you find yourself in an area that gets very cold during the winter months. This will help extend the life of the fabric, which can be damaged by ice and snow. Even if you have a cover, it’s always a good idea to bring your market umbrella inside when winter arrives. These tips should help you enjoy your market umbrella for years to come and allow you to use it season after season.

Source by Jennifer Drozd

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