Why & How to Clean and Store Your Patio Umbrella

Since the departure of summer, we ushered in our winter early, with heavy snow, wind and rain. Now we can enjoy winter to the fullest, making snowmen and snowball fights with friends in the snow, how happy it is. But at the same time, let's not forget the outdoor umbrellas that make us enjoy the outdoors and the warm sunshine in summer.

We should clean it up and store it well this winter so it can last longer. You may think that cleaning and storing your umbrella is no big deal, after all, how hard is it? However, we are here to tell you the importance of the whole stored procedure. If you don't, it's only a matter of time before you need to order a replacement.

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Why Should You Store Your Patio Umbrella?

Canadian summers are short, but sometimes it's really hot, and the outdoor umbrella is especially important at this time. Your patio umbrella protects you from the scorching heat all summer long, provides you with the perfect shade to experience the outdoors, protects you from UV rays to prevent sunburn, and creates a private patio space for you.


The Importance of Patio Umbrella

The 24gms fabric or Sunbrella fabric is very thick, provides SPF 50+ protection and blocks 98% of harmful UV rays, ensuring you can enjoy your outdoor space without worrying about damaging UV rays.

Our Purpleleaf umbrellas provide you with 360 degrees shades. It moves at the sun's angle, helping you stay safe and enjoy warm weather comfortably without running the risk of getting sick or overheating from hot summer weather.

Purpleleaf patio umbrella can also create a private space for you, which can be placed in the courtyard, swimming pool or balcony, etc., where you can enjoy yourself without being disturbed by outsiders.


The Reason for Storing the Patio Umbrella

1. Cannot withstand Extreme Weather

In the weather of storms, heavy snow and hail, leaving the umbrella outside will cause devastating damage to the umbrella. The strong wind will blow out the patio umbrella. The accumulation of heavy snow may also crush the fabric and ribs. Rods may even start to rust based on their material.

2. Fade and Mildew Resistant

The more times the fabric is exposed to sunlight, the greater the chance of fading, and if the fabric is wet for a long time, it is easy to mold. Storing your umbrella will keep it looking newer and reduce wear and tear.

3. Longer Life

Preserving the umbrella also increases its lifespan. When you take it out each time, it will feel like a new umbrella, very clean and sturdy, and you can use it for at least three to four seasons before replacing it. 

Tips to Clean Your Patio Umbrella

1. Brush Off Any Dust

Use a rag or soft-bristle brush to remove dust, leaves, and other debris from fabrics, and rinse away any remaining dust and grime.

2. Rinse Off

Spray mild soapy water on the fabric, after soaking, you can lay the umbrella canopy flat on the ground, brush with soft bristles, and rinse with water several times until all soap residue is completely removed.

3. Air Dry

Choose a sunny day and let the patio umbrella dry naturally. Make sure that the fabric is completely dry before storing the umbrella, to prevent the umbrella from becoming moldy or having a strange smell.

4. Cleaning of Aluminum Frame

To remove surface soiling, mix mild soap and water and wipe with a soft towel. Rinse with clean water and dry thoroughly with a clean towel. Never use abrasives, cleaners or bleach products that will damage the finish.

5. Cleaning of Wooden Frame

For most wooden umbrellas, wipe the frame with mild soapy water and a cloth or soft brush. Do not overwet the surface. Wipe dry with a clean cloth soaked in clean water, then allow to dry. 

Once cleaned, the umbrella can be disassembled and stored after it has been thoroughly dried. Note: Do not use too much force when disassembling.

You can wrap the umbrella with the umbrella cover for storage, or you can directly use the umbrella strap to bundle the umbrella and put it in the box for storage.

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Tips to Store Your Patio Umbrella

Where you store your umbrella is also very important. It cannot be stored in a humid place. You need to keep the storage place dry, otherwise the accumulated water will damage your umbrella and make it covered with colonies. In addition, after choosing a storage location for the umbrella, please do not stack your umbrella with heavy objects, which will easily cause wear and tear to the umbrella ribs.



A patio umbrella is a great investment for any homeowner with a patio or deck. Not only does it provide shade and protection from the sun, but it can also add style and sophistication to your outdoor living space. However, like any other piece of furniture, a patio umbrella needs to be properly cared for to last. 

By following these steps, you can enjoy your patio umbrella for many years to come! It won't mold, fade and break easily, allowing you to happily enjoy the shade of your outdoor umbrella for the next year. Relax, enjoy the outdoors, and create a unique outdoor experience for you.

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