It’s now fall and winter is around the corner, at least in many parts of the country! You should be either storing or covering your patio umbrella. Not exactly sure how or the best way to “winterize” your umbrella? Don’t fret; we’ve compiled a list of some tips to store your patio umbrella and help make sure it’s ready for next season!
Thoroughly clean your umbrella before storing for the winter in a garage or a shed. If patio umbrellas are stored incorrectly, mold and mildew can grow on them, leading to an unpleasant surprise the following spring when you want to set them back outside.
Once your umbrella, is clean, both the poles as well as the canopy, allow to completely dry. You don’t want to store a wet umbrella!
Steps for storing your umbrella:
Storing your umbrella base or stand:
As with the umbrella itself, before storing, this is the perfect time to clean your base to remove dirt. Mildew grows on dirt so clean your base with soap and water and allow to dry.
If you have a water ballast base, either completely drain, remove and store indoors, or partially drain and add 1-2 capfuls of environmentally friendly antifreeze. Then cover with tarp or heavy plastic bag.
Metal bases – as with the umbrella itself, it is always best to store the base indoors, in a garage or shed. Wrapping the base in plastic is an additional precaution you can take. If it is impractical to move parts of the base, such as with some large cantilever or offset umbrellas that use large blocks of granite or stone to secure the base, wrap the parts of the base that will be exposed to the elements in plastic (large paint drop clothes are inexpensive and easy to cut to size.
Related Blog: Covering it or Closing it: Tips for maintaining your umbrella during down time.