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Umbrellas can protect you from more than just the rain. They can also protect you from the damaging rays of the sun. Today, sun umbrellas offer far more protection than yesterday's parasols. They now provide a virtually impenetrable barrier to the sun. If you have sun sensitivity, rosacea or are just concerned about skin damage, using a sun umbrella can make all the difference.
Dolly's Brollys sells umbrellas that provide protection from both the sun and the rain. We are pleased to announce that our special UV Protection umbrellas have received an official 50+ UPF rating from ARPANSA putting them in the Excellent Protection Category. The Australian Radiation Radiation and Nuclear Safety Agency Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating takes into account direct U.V. penetration of the umbrella fabric. The higher the rating, the more sun protection is provided. The most common ratings are:
So the higher the UPF rating the higher the UV protection will be. Dollys Brollys UV Protection umbrellas have the highest rating.
The best type of umbrella for sun protection:
Tips & Warnings
It is well documented that using any form of umbrella will reduce your exposure to harmful UV radiation see this Reuters report
But if you want to find the best UV protective umbrellas then check out our range of UV protective umbrellas on the UV Umbrella page
To find out more about being Sun Smart and the risks of UV radiation in New Zealand click on the this link to the NZ SunSmart website
Always allow your umbrella to fully dry before storing. If you fold it while it is still wet, mildew can form causing staining and odor. Whilst umbrella frames are plated to make them rust resistant, they are susceptible to rust if left closed while wet for more than 24 hours. Rusting frames will also mark the fabric of the canopy. Store the umbrella in a garage or basement over night for proper drying. Otherwise, leave it open and propped on one side. Inadequate drying is the main cause of defective umbrellas
Clean your umbrella according to the care instructions provided on the label or packaging. Otherwise, simply spot clean with a washcloth and warm water. Do not use detergents to clean the fabric they can damage the waterproofing coating within the fabric. Cleaners can also cause discoloring.
Fit For Purpose
Remember that a rain umbrella is not a beach umbrella. Umbrellas designed for use in the rain are likely to sustain damage after prolonged use in the sun. Also a Sun Parasol is not waterproof and getting it wet is likely to stain the cotton fabric. Also take care when opening automatic umbrellas as they can pop open with a sudden movement catching you (and perhaps other around you) off-guard.
Use care during particularly windy weather conditions. A strong gust of wind can be damaging to an umbrella if it catches the umbrella and forces it to bend in the opposite direction. To reduce this risk, carry your umbrella facing into the wind. If it does blow inside out, turn into the wind and release the catch in the normal way. If it is a “windproof” umbrella follow the instructions provided with the umbrella to reset it.
Follow the natural creases of the umbrella when folding it. While your temptation may be to crumple the umbrella into a storable manner as quickly as possible, it is best to return the umbrella to it's original position. Proper storing will prevent any bending of the spokes or awkward creasing in the fabric.