Care and Maintenance
Chairs. Please do not swing backwards on the rear legs; do not stand on the seat or arms of the chair.
Tables. Do not allow children to sit on glass top tables – breakage of glass is rare, but can result in injury.
Shelta glass tables are made of toughened (tempered) glass – this increases the glass strength dramatically and in case of breakage causes the glass to break into relatively safe granules. However cutting and abrasion to hands or feet is still likely if care is not taken.
If you wish to move the table, please lift rather than drag – dragging can cause stress and possible breakage of the glass.
When mounting umbrellas in table holes ensure the umbrella is anchored with the appropriate size Shelta steel, concrete or granite base. Umbrellas must not be left open when unattended or in windy conditions. In heavy wind even closed umbrellas should be removed from the table.
All outdoor furniture will deteriorate if exposed to sunlight for long periods. A little extra care will allow you to get the best performance from your Shelta furniture and umbrellas.
When not in use, we recommend that you cover chairs and tables with a Shelta Protective Cover. If possible, store your furniture in a dry, shaded location.
Aluminium tables and chair frames should be hosed regularly with fresh water to remove dust, salt and contaminants. Avoid contact with water from swimming pools as salt and chlorine can cause corrosion of metal components.
Textmesh slings and synthetic wicker can be washed with a mixture of mild detergent and warm water using a soft brush; then rinse thoroughly and allow to dry. Olefin cushions can be gently hand washed using detergent and warm water; then rinse and allow to dry. Soiling can be minimised by simply brushing off dirt before it becomes embedded in the fabric, wiping up spills as soon as they occur or spot cleaning soon after stains occur.
Teak components will naturally weather to a silver grey colour, unless treated with a suitable furniture oil.
Fabrics may be treated with a fabric protector such as Scotchguard. Textmesh slings and synthetic wicker may be protected by application of plastic conditioners such as Armorall.
Furniture UV Rating
|PE wicker||SAE J1960||Grade 4 @ 2000 hrs|
|Sunbrella Acrylic||SAE J1960||Grade 4 @ 1500 hrs|
|O’Bravia Polyester||SAE J1960||Grade 4 @ 1000 hrs|
|Textmesh||AATCC-16E||Class 7 @ 160 afu|
|Olefin||AS 2001.4.21||6 to 7 blue wool standard|
Shelta umbrellas are not permanent shade structures and must be lowered when unattended or in windy conditions. Excessive wind puts great stress on the frame, which can cause damage to the umbrella and danger to people. Shelta domestic umbrellas are not recommended for exposed environments such as high balconies or roof tops.
Please carefully follow the installation instructions provided with the umbrella; if in doubt, consult a qualified trades-person. Only use recommended Shelta bases or anchoring systems.
When not in use, close the umbrella and cover with a Shelta Easireach Cover. Before storing, make sure the umbrella is dry and keep in a dry, shaded location.
Fabrics may be treated with a fabric protector such as ‘Scotchguard’ for additional protection. Soiling can be minimised by simply brushing off dirt before it becomes embedded in the fabric or spot cleaning soon after stains occur.
To clean umbrella canopies, lightly brush the open umbrella with a mixture of mild detergent and warm water. Rinse thoroughly and leave the umbrella open until completely dry.
Shade UPF Factors
(over 98% UV protection)
(98% UV protection)
|Olefins||UPF 20 to 30
(95% to 96% UV protection)
|Polyesters||UPF 15 to 20
(93% to 95% UV protection)
||90 to 93%
As part of our commitment to sun protection, Shelta Australia takes care to select highest quality, dense weave fabrics that look beautiful and protect your loved ones. Our fabrics have been tested and rated for UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) by accredited Australian laboratory ARPANSA, using AS/NZS4399. On high UV days an umbrella provides protection from direct sunlight, but there is significant reflected UV light from sources such as water and sand. We recommend the use of protective clothing and sunscreen while enjoying the great outdoors.
Umbrellas and beach shelters can be a hazard on the beach if not properly anchored. Do not use beach umbrellas in windy or gusty conditions. Bury the lower pole to the recommended depth and close the umbrella if left unattended. Be aware of the people around you when opening and closing umbrellas and beach shelters.
When not in use, store your umbrella or shelter in a dry, shaded location. Should the frame or fabric become coated with salt spray, rinse well with fresh water and allow to dry. Fabrics may be treated with a fabric protector such as ‘Scotchguard’ for additional protection.
Soiling can be minimised by simply brushing off dirt before it becomes embedded in the fabric or spot cleaning soon after stains occur. To clean umbrella canopies and beach shelters, lightly brush the fabric with a mixture of mild detergent and warm water. Rinse thoroughly and leave the umbrella or shelter open until completely dry.
Beach UPF Ratings
|Foldabrella, Surfers, Beach Survival Kit, UV Protector and the Pop-up Beach Shelta||UPF 50+
(98% UV protection)
|Donna, Kiama and Noosa umbrellas||UPF 30+
(95% to 96% UV protection)
As part of our commitment to sun protection, Shelta places a major emphasis on advising consumers our shade products UPF ratings. Shelta takes care to select high quality dense fabrics which look great, as well as save your skin.
It’s vital for shade product users to understand that they could receive many times more UV from sunlight reflected under the umbrella from sand, water and other surfaces – than will be transmitted through the umbrella. The only remedy for this is shade clothing and sunscreen.
Please handle your umbrella with care; do not use excessive force to open or to close.
Do not use in windy or gusty weather. Please consider others when using your umbrella in a crowded space.
Most importantly, always leave your umbrella open to dry; storing an umbrella while damp will cause mould and/or rust.
Shelta takes care to select fabrics that not only look good and protect from the rain, but also provide good sun protection. Many umbrellas in this catalogue carry UPF ratings that confirm this high level of protection.
These are verified by the ARL (Australian Radiation Laboratory).
The most common ratings are:
- UPF 25 96% U.V. protection
- UPF 50 98% U.V. protection
- UPF 50+ above 98% U.V. protection
These ratings are shown on a special swing ticket on the umbrella, also in this brochure and in the price list.
PLEASE NOTE: See individual product swing tickets for information about abuse, wind damage and normal wear and tear guarantee exclusions. Also product care, cleaning, service and return instructions.