REcacril® 9 oz. marine-grade acrylic fabric is treated with the Infinity Process: A highly technological finish, providing REcacril® with long-lasting protection against mold and mildew, excellent water and oil repellency, and protection from the sun. However, the accumulation of dust, pollution particles, foreign organic materials, and general dirt can damage this protection, shortening the life of the Recacril®.
To preserve the look of your umbrella, they should be removed. The most effective method for maintaining REcacril® is to clean the canvas once a month with water using a low-pressure hose. It is very important that after cleaning with water, the canvas be allowed to completely dry before rolling or storing your umbrella. If for any reason you have to roll and/or store a wet umbrella, it must be unrolled and opened as soon as possible to dry. In times of continuous rain, it is advisable to keep the umbrella rolled and stored.
If periodic washing with water is done, in most environments, you should only need to do a more thorough cleaning every 2-3 years.
Crazing is an inherent characteristic of all solution-dyed acrylic fabrics and is caused by folding or creasing of the fabric during production or installation.
Crazing lines appear as white lines on dark-colored fabrics when front-lit, and dark lines on light-colored fabrics when backlit. The primary contributors to crazing are the resins added in the final stages of manufacturing. These resins add stiffness so the fabric lies flat during sewing, which is critical for the manufacturing process.
These resins can be viewed as an industrial fabric starch with a specific end purpose. Crazing DOES NOT affect the performance or characteristics of Recasens®, Sunbrella®, Outdura®, or other acrylic fabrics. The fabric remains water repellent as well as stain and mildew resistant, and the lines will diminish over time with exposure to the elements.