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4 Tips on Protecting Patio Umbrellas to Keep Them Looking New
Having a patio umbrella is decorative, protective and allows you to enjoy your patio better. But if you do not take care of your umbrella, it will only last a short time, and you will find yourself spending more money replacing the umbrellas than necessary. By taking small steps to care for your patio umbrella, not only will you have it for more years, you will also save a lot of money in the long run.
Be Sure To Close Patio Umbrellas
The most valuable thing you can do to prolong the life of your patio umbrella is to close the umbrella when it is not in use. Regardless of how small or large the umbrella is, blowing wind gusts can cause significant damage to the umbrella. The wind could cause the ribs to bend or break which would cause the umbrella to not function properly when opened. Strong gusts could cause the poles to bend or even snap, which would effectively make the umbrella unusable. The stress that is applied on an opened umbrella when by the wind causes premature wear and tear on the unit, so that is why keeping it closed when not in use minimizes the damage and increase the longevity of your investment.
Use the Patio Umbrella Tie
Closing the patio umbrella is not enough to completely protect it from the wind. Even when closed, breezes of wind can get in between the folds of the canopy fabric and force the umbrella to reopen, or bend the pole over, even snatch the entire umbrella right out of the table. That is why using the tie that accompanies the umbrella is important for securing the umbrella whenever it is closed. This extra step is so underrated but very appreciated by those who have had to replace their umbrella because of the wind because it was not secured with a tie.
Use a Patio Umbrella Protective Cover
Once the patio umbrella has been closed and secured with a tie, the last thing that needs to be done is to place a protective cover over it. This not only protects the fabric of the umbrella from the rain but it also further ensures that wind gust does not get in between the folds. This prevents the umbrella from lifting up the table and decreases the likelihood that the pole or the ribs will be bent or snapped. It also very important that you always make sure the umbrella is completely dry before you place the cover over it, and dry it as much as possible if it wet and you want to put the cover on. This ensures that every time you are ready to use your umbrella, it will be dry, it will also be mold and mildew free.
Store The Patio Umbrella Inside During The Winter
Finally, the smartest way, and most effective way, to preserve your patio umbrella is to take it completely down during the winter and store it inside. This prevents moisture accumulation during the winters, which inevitably leads to mold growth. It also prevents the pole and ribs from damage and prevents the fabric from becoming faded and worn out. If you follow these tips, not only will your umbrella last longer before it needs to replaced, it will look like and work like new for longer as well.