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care & maintenance

TUUCI frames are constructed from durable, marine-grade, weather-resistant materials including fiberglass, armor-wall aluminum, Dura-TEAK composites, Aluma-TEAK aluminum and sustainable hardwood. All fasteners (nuts, bolts, pulleys, cam cleats, etc.) are marine-grade stainless steel and will withstand the most corrosive environments. Proper care and maintenance are important to extend the serviceable life of all TUUCI products.

Routine Care for your TUUCI Umbrella

General or light cleaning: use a sponge or soft brush to apply mild soap and warm water to the fabric, rinse thoroughly, air dry. For stubborn stains or mildew: add one cup of bleach per gallon of soap and water, apply directly to the stain, use a sponge or soft brush to clean. Allow mixture to soak into fabric for up to 15 minutes, rinse thoroughly, air dry. If necessary, repeat with additional bleach.

  • 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).
  • Freshwater rinses once a week will enhance the life and long-lasting beauty of your TUUCI shade equipment.
  • Weekly inspection of your TUUCI product is recommended.
  • Loose screws should be tightened, and any broken components replaced immediately to avoid further damage to your product.

When opening a TUUCI umbrella, separate each rib 6 inches from the center post, before raising the hub. Do not force the hub if it does not rise easily.

When closing the umbrella, pull the fabric out from between the struts to avoid pinching or damaging the TUFF-SKIN canopy membrane.

TUUCI in High Wind

Although many TUUCI 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. TUUCI recommends that all collapsible shade equipment be closed in wind conditions which exceed 25 MPH. Stability of TUUCI shade products in heavy wind and severe weather conditions is directly related to the size, weight, and security of the shade anchor. Please use reasonable and cautious judgment when determining when the umbrella should be closed.

Routine Care for Shade Anchors


Clean above ground umbrella bases regularly to maintain appearance. To clean, gently wash with soap and water using a non-abrasive cloth or pad. Check all bolts in base plate regularly to ensure that they remain fully tightened. Inspect weekly if umbrella 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 will occur. Touch up bases with exterior paint as needed. Touch up paint can be ordered from the TUUCI parts department ([email protected]). Wheeled umbrella 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

TUUCI’s TUFF-SKIN umbrella canopies employ the most durable and state of the art marine fabrics and thread including proven high-performance, UV stable materials.

Essential Canopy Cleaning

TUUCI 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° F.)
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove soap.
  • Allow fabric to air dry.
  • Do not use heavy detergents.

Stubborn Canopy Stains

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).

Sunbrella Fabric Care

TUUCI partners with Sunbrella® to provide top quality marine-grade fabrics. Sunbrella ® branded fabrics may be machine washed but a water repellent treatment must be applied to the fabric after washing to reestablish water repellency. Sunbrella® fabrics are made from 100% acrylic fiber and is thermoplastic or heat sensitive.

When washing or cleaning, DO NOT SUBJECT TO EXCESSIVE HEAT as the fabric will shrink.


In cases where your umbrella 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 TUUCI Protective Cover should be used at all times when the umbrella is not in use to ensure the longest serviceable life.

Umbrella Repair

Proper care and maintenance should prevent broken umbrellas, but in the case your umbrella is in need of repair, all TUUCI products are built with 100% replaceable parts. Please email [email protected] for information on where to order parts and order replacements.