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Care & Maintenance

Tuuci® frames are constructed from durable, marine grade, weather resistant materials. These materials include fiberglass, armor-wall aluminum, Dura-TEAK composites, Aluma-TEAK aluminum, and sustainable hardwood. All fasteners (nuts, bolts, pulleys, cam cleats, etc.) are made of marine grade stainless steel to withstand the most corrosive environments.

Tuuci’s High Performance Textiles employ the most durable and state of the art marine grade fabrics and thread, including proven high performance, UV stable materials.

Proper care and maintenance are important to extend the serviceable life of all Tuuci products.

Recommended Routine Checks and General Operation

  • Prior to opening your parasol, ensure that the shade product is properly secured to a Tuuci anchor of adequate weight as specified by an authorized Tuuci dealer or rep. Regular checks to ensure the parasol is secured to the anchor are recommended.
  • Freshwater rinses, a minimum of once a week, will enhance the life and long-lasting beauty of your Tuuci shade equipment. Especially in oceanside environments, freshwater rinses are necessary to lengthen the life of your Tuuci product.
  • Weekly inspection of your Tuuci product is recommended. Inspect for loose screws, broken hardware, or other components. Tighten loose hardware and replace any broken components immediately to avoid further damage to your product.
  • When opening a Tuuci parasol, before raising the canopy, gently separate each individual rib six inches. Do not force the canopy if it does not rise easily. Check for obstructions or broken parts.
  • When closing a Tuuci parasol, pull the fabric out from between the struts to avoid pinching or damaging the canopy. To close, fold the fabric over itself and loosely secure with the tie strap. Do not overtighten the canopy tie as it can cause damage to the canopy. For video instructions on how to close a Tuuci parasol, follow this link: Closing a Cantilever Parasol – Instructional Video Tutorials (
  • Follow recommended cleaning procedures for all products.
  • Tuuci parasols should be closed when not in use, especially during inclement weather conditions or at night.
  • In extreme weather events, such as hurricanes or severe winter weather, Tuuci recommends storing product indoors whenever possible. Always store parasols in their upright position. It is recommended to remove fabrics first and store them separately to protect from damage. If available, use a Tuuci protective cover.

High Wind Considerations

Although all Tuuci marine grade shade equipment is rigorously tested to withstand incredible forces of nature and winds up to 50MPH, Tuuci does not recommend or warranty the deployment or use of any collapsible shade equipment in wind conditions which exceed the following:

  • 25 MPH for Ocean Master MAX, Ocean Master M1, Bay Master collections
  • 45 MPH for the MAX F-1 and Ocean Master MEGA MAX, provided they are being used with a Tuuci in-ground anchoring system
  • Up to 100 MPH for Tuuci Solanox, depending on configuration

In extreme weather events such as hurricanes or severe winter weather, Tuuci recommends storing product indoors whenever possible. Always store parasols in their upright position. It is recommended to remove fabrics first and store them separately to protect from damage. If available, use a Tuuci protective cover.

Routine Care for Shade Anchors

Clean above ground and visible parts of inground parasol shade anchors regularly to maintain appearance. A weekly freshwater rinse is recommended. To clean, gently wash with soap and water using a non-abrasive cloth. Check all bolts in shade anchor plate regularly to ensure that they remain fully tightened. Inspect weekly if parasol shade anchors are moved on a regular basis.

Do not use acidic or chlorine based cleaners on ACF or GVS anchors and connections. If product is near a highly chlorinated pool, the ocean, or coastal environment, routine maintenance should include a freshwater rinse around the anchor. Use a soft brush to clean any salt residue off the components of the anchor.

Do not roll Aluma-crete (Aluminum Shell, Concrete Filled) shade anchors on their side as damage to shell or finish will occur. Touch up shade anchors with Tuuci exterior paint as needed. Touch up paint can be ordered through an authorized Tuuci dealer. Wheeled parasol shade anchors are intended for use on even surfaces. Move shade anchors slowly and with caution on uneven surfaces. Do not use a wheeled parasol on stairways or over distances which exceed 50 feet, as damage to welded wheel tray may occur.

Routine Care for Fabrics

Caring for your Tuuci High Performance Textile Canopies, Curtains, and Tensioned Fabric Walls

Hand Wash Hand Wash
Do Not Tumble Dry Do Not Tumble Dry
Hang to Dry Hang to Dry
Non-Chlorine Bleach if Needed Non-Chlorine Bleach if Needed
Do Not Wring Do Not Wring
Do Not Iron Do Not Iron
Do Not Dryclean Do Not Dry clean

Tuuci High Performance Textile Care

Tuuci High Performance Textiles should be cleaned regularly before dirt accumulates and becomes embedded in the fabric. Fresh water rinses are recommended weekly. The fabric canopy can be cleaned without being removed from the frame.

For light or general cleaning, use a sponge or soft brush to apply mild household dish soap and warm water to the fabric. Rinse thoroughly, then air dry. For stubborn stains or mildew, add one cup of bleach per gallon of soap and water. Apply directly to the stain, then use a sponge or soft brush to clean. Allow mixture to soak into fabric for up to 15 minutes, rinse thoroughly, and air dry. If necessary, repeat with additional bleach. Do not pressure wash canopies as this can cause damage to stitching and will void the warranty.

High Performance Textiles are 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. Always allow fabric to air dry.

In cases where your parasol is taken down and stored during the winter season, the Tuuci High Performance Textile canopy should be cleaned, allowed to air dry, and stored in a dry, well-ventilated area. In general, when the parasol is not in use and is not being stored, a Tuuci Protective Cover is recommended to ensure the longest serviceable life of the product.

Parts Replacement

Proper care and maintenance should prevent broken parasols. However, in the case that your parasol is in need of parts, all Tuuci products are repairable. Parts can be purchased through a Tuuci authorized dealer.

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