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.
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.
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
ALWAYS BE SURE THAT UMBRELLA CENTER POLE IS FIRMLY ATTACHED TO BASE BEFORE OPENING UMBRELLA.
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@example.com). 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.
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.
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.
DO NOT STEAM PRESS OR DRY IN ELECTRIC OR GAS DRYERS. Allow to air dry.
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.
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. Parts for TUUCI products can be ordered by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.