Round models with a diameter of 150 to 200 centimetres are suitable for small balconies.
If you have a lot of space outside and are looking for an umbrella that will provide you, your family and your friends with sufficient shade even when you are eating together, you are well advised to choose a square umbrella. Square and rectangular models are available in many different sizes. Before ordering, it is best to measure with the help of a folding rule which area the umbrella should ideally cover.
The UV Standard 801 label indicates the exact UV protection level (UPF) - levels 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 60 and 80 can be achieved. The respective class is the multiplier of your skin's own protection time. If you like to spend entire days in your garden or on your balcony, the UPF of your umbrella should ideally be 80. Below this level, the self-protection time of your skin increases by a factor of 80.
Accordingly, you will also get a tan under a sunshade. On long days in the sun, you should still rub a sunscreen on your skin.
Particularly practical, especially if you don't have a lot of space on your balcony, are parasol holders that you can attach either to the parapet or the railing.
Another option is to attach it to the wall of the house. However, you will have to drill into the façade - you will need your landlord's permission.
With a little water and sand, you can easily pour your own foundation. To do this, dig a hole with a small shovel and fill it with damp sand, which you fetch from the shallow water on the shore with a bucket. If you now put the umbrella into the hole filled with silt, it will hold tightly.
This method is only suitable if you always set up the umbrella in the same place. It is also not feasible on the balcony.
Umbrella stands that are additionally weighted down with plates are flexible and stable at the same time. On the balcony, I recommend that you also tie the umbrella to the railing.
If a bird drops something while flying over it or if rotten, muddy fruit lands on the parasol, you should act quickly. Dampen the area as soon as possible and remove the stain with warm water and a soft sponge. Only use a gentle detergent if absolutely necessary.
If the upholstery is stubbornly dirty, you will have to go to extremes. The cover of some umbrellas can be cleaned in the washing machine. Of course, the drum must have sufficient capacity for the cover. Another option is to clean with a pressure washer. Choose the gentlest jet possible.