Care and Maintenance
Frames are constructed from durable, marine-grade, weather resistant materials including: fiberglass, armor-wall aluminum, Dura-TEAK composites, Aluma-TEAK aluminum and sustainable hardwood timber. All fasteners (nuts, bolts, pulleys, cam cleats, etc.) are marine-grade stainless steel and will withstand the most corrosive environments. Proper care and maintenance is important to extend the serviceable life of all products. Fresh water rinses once a week will enhance the life and long lasting beauty of your shade equipment.
Prior to opening, ensure that the shade product is properly secured to an adequate shade anchor, using the locking system intended for the specific product (star knob, hitch pin or cam lock).
When opening a parasol, separate each rib 6 inches from the center post, before raising the hub. Do not force hub if it does not rise easily. When closing the parasol, pull the fabric out from between the struts to avoid pinching or damaging the TUFF-SKIN canopy membrane.
Although many frames have been tested for structural integrity in winds exceeding 50 MPH, it is always recommended that caution and common sense be applied in extreme wind and weather conditions. CMS recommends that all collapsible shade equipment be closed in wind conditions which exceed 25 MPH. Although it is common for wind gusts to reach much higher than this (especially during severe weather events) the use of durable and heavily weighted anchor structure is mandatory for safety and proper operation. Stability of shade products in heavy wind and severe weather conditions is directly related to the size, weight and security of the shade anchor, including but limited to the intended structural integrity of the framework for the wind-loads applied. Please use reasonable and cautious judgment when determining when the parasol should be closed.
ALWAYS BE SURE THAT PARASOL CENTER POLE IS FIRMLY ATTACHED TO BASE BEFORE OPENING PARASOL. Clean above ground parasol bases regularly to maintain appearance. To clean, gently wash with soap and water using a non-abrasive cloth or pad. Check three bolts in base plate regularly to ensure that they remain fully tightened. Inspect weekly if parasol bases are moved on a regular basis.
Do not roll Aluma-crete (Aluminum Shell, Concrete Filled) bases on their side as damage to shell or finish can occur. Touch up bases with exterior paint as needed. Touch up can be ordered from us. Wheeled parasol bases are intended for use on even surfaces. Move bases slowly and with caution on uneven surfaces. Do not use on stairways or over distances which exceed 50 feet, as damage to welded wheel tray may occur.
Tuff-skin Canopies, Curtains and Tensioned Fabric Walls
Tuff-skin parasol canopies employ the most durable and state of the art marine fabrics and thread including (but not limited to: Sunbrella Marine and Awning Fabrics, Weathermax, Ferrari Fabrics, Dickson Acrylic Fabrics, Weblon, Regatta, Gortex and other proven high-performance, UV stable materials). TUFF-SKINS should be cleaned regularly before dirt is allowed to accumulate and become embedded in the fabric. The fabric canopy can be cleaned without being removed from the frame. Simply brush off any loose dirt or particles; hose down and clean with a mild soap in lukewarm water (no more than 100 degrees F.) Rinse thoroughly to remove soap. Allow fabric to air dry. Do not use heavy detergents.
For stubborn stains, clean with a mild soap and add one cup of bleach to a gallon of water, scrub vigorously with a soft bristle brush, sponge or clean towel. Allow fabric to air dry. This method of cleaning may remove part of the water repellency. If water repellency is a factor, the fabric should receive an application of an air-curing water repellent treatment (such as SM fabric guard).
Fabrics may be machine washed but a water repellent treatment must be applied to the fabric after washing to reestablish water repellency. Some fabrics are made from 100 percent acrylic fiber and is thermoplastic or heat sensitive. When washing or cleaning, DO NOT SUBJECT TO EXCESSIVE HEAT as the fabric will shrink. DO NOT STEAM PRESS OR DRY IN ELECTRIC OR GAS DRYERS, but allow air to dry. In cases where the parasol is taken down and stored during the winter season, the TUFF-SKIN canopy should be cleaned, allowed to air dry, and stored in a dry, well ventilated area. A Protective Cover should be used at all times when umbrella is not in use to ensure the longest serviceable life.