Is there something I can spray to weatherproof a new patio umbrella?

by Susan

I want to protect a new (cheap) polyester-type patio umbrella from fading, stains, etc. Can I spray it with Scotch guard or something like it to protect it, or will it just stain the material? Thank you.

  9 answers
  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Sep 07, 2019

    Hi Susan,

    Scotch Guard has a product made for exactly what you want. Here's the directions for using it. Wishing you the best.

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  • Utkarsh Saroj Utkarsh Saroj on Aug 13, 2023

    Yes, you can use a waterproofing spray to weatherproof a new patio umbrella and protect it from the elements. Waterproofing sprays are typically designed to create a barrier that repels water, preventing it from seeping into the fabric and causing damage. Here's how you can weatherproof your new patio umbrella using a waterproofing spray:

    Materials Needed:

    • Waterproofing spray (specifically designed for outdoor fabrics)
    • Clean cloth or sponge
    • Mild detergent (if necessary)
    • Patio umbrella


    Clean the Umbrella:

    Before applying the waterproofing spray, make sure the umbrella fabric is clean and free from dirt, dust, and stains. Use a mild detergent and a clean cloth or sponge to gently clean the fabric. Allow it to dry completely before proceeding.

    Choose a Suitable Location:

    Find a well-ventilated area to work in, preferably outdoors. This will help minimize fumes and ensure proper drying of the spray.

    Test a Small Area:

    Before applying the waterproofing spray to the entire umbrella, it's a good idea to test it on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure that it doesn't cause any discoloration or damage.

    Apply the Waterproofing Spray:

    • Shake the waterproofing spray can well.
    • Hold the can about 6 to 8 inches away from the umbrella fabric.
    • Spray an even and light coat of the waterproofing spray over the entire surface of the umbrella. Make sure to cover the fabric evenly and thoroughly.

    Allow to Dry:

    Let the umbrella dry completely according to the manufacturer's instructions on the spray can. This typically involves allowing the treated umbrella to sit untouched for a certain period, ensuring that the spray forms a protective barrier.


  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 13, 2023

    Yes you can - Look for the product esspecially for the task!

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Aug 13, 2023

    I love Scotch Guard, a great product, I use it on my canvas purse to block stains from spills and life in general. It would be perfect for your umbrella.

  • Deb K Deb K on Aug 13, 2023

    Hi Susan, yes you can spray it with scotch guard, you will need to reapply it after heavy rains but it works great!