Proper care and maintenance is necessary to extend the life of all Windward products. Be sure that all umbrellas are properly secured and weighed down before putting them into use.
To open, pull umbrella ribs apart 4-6 inches and then use the opening mechanisms (pulley & pin or crank). Always be sure to close umbrellas in their stands when not is use. All Windward umbrellas should be closed and removed from their stands and removed from service during windy, inclement weather to protect the umbrella against damage and to avoid potential injury due to umbrellas being toppled over in the wind.
If umbrellas get wet, open for complete airing and drying and make certain they are thoroughly dry before closing. Regularly brush away loose dirt and clean umbrellas using a mixture of mild detergent and warm water. Rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry before closing. Also view our fabric care instructions page.
Umbrella Steel Base Plates
Steel base plates require regular cleaning and inspection. Promptly touch-up scratches and nicks to help prevent rust from developing.
Powder Coated Aluminum Poles
For care and cleaning please refer to our powder coated aluminum frames.
Anodized Aluminum Poles
If oxidation occurs, you can gently rub the affected area with steel wool and follow up with a protective lubricant. Apply the protective lubricant, such as WD-40, to a cloth and then wipe onto the aluminum. Do not get the lubricant onto fabric!