Cleaning Umbrella Canopy
Kingsley-Bate umbrella canopies are made with either Sunbrella® or Outdura® fabrics, a 100% solution-dyed acrylic. The fabric should be cleaned regularly before environmental deposits such as dirt, etc., are allowed to accumulate and become embedded. To clean the fabric, simply brush off any loose dirt, and then clean briskly with a sponge using fresh water and a mild natural soap (Woolite® is acceptable). Because the umbrella canopies are removable, they may be machine washed on a gentle cycle using cold water and mild soap. Water temperature should be no more than 100° F (37° C), as acrylic fiber is heat sensitive at high temperatures. Do not subject the fabric to excessive heat as it will shrink. Do not steam press, iron, or dry in electric or gas dryers.
Sunbrella and Outdura Fabrics are treated with a fluorocarbon finish that acts as a sealant, making it resistant to water and stains. If you use liquid detergent instead of a natural soap to clean your cushions, it may be necessary to reapply the water repellent treatment to the fabric. We recommend using 303 Hi Tech Fabric Guard
or a similar product.
Avoid putting the fabric in direct contact with oil-based products, w hich may cause the fabric to age more rapidly. If direct contact with an oil-based product occurs, clean the fabric promptly.
Cleaning Umbrella Frame
The only maintenance necessary for your umbrella is periodic cleaning. First, hose down the frame with fresh water. Avoid spraying the teak with a high pressure hose, as high pressure can erode the surface of the timber. Next, scrub the wet frame using a soft bristle brush and a solution of 2/3 cup laundry detergent and 1/4 cup bleach in 1 gallon of warm water. When finished, rinse the entire piece with more fresh water to remove any remaining cleaning solution. This procedure is sufficient for general cleaning. For more difficult stains we recommend using Kingsley-Bate Teak Cleaner
. This will remove the silver-gray patina and restore the frame to a golden brown color.