Tarpaulin Essentials: How to Keep Your Tarps in Check and Well Maintained

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At some point you may decide to own a tarp or hire one from us. Keep in mind that tarps may be strong and resilient they must also be well taken care of to keep it that way. In order that it lives a long and useful life, it is important that you look after your tarpaulin. Ever wonder how we take care of our tarps? And if you already have one, you may have to follow these tips and make sure you’re always covered!
There are precautions you can perform in order to lessen or prevent the damage to your tarpaulin.

  • Never place unnecessary pressure on the seams in the tarp and its eyelets.
  • Prevent contact around sharp objects, such as tree branches, which could cause holes to form.
  • Prevent friction between your tarpaulin and the object it is covering, as this could cause the tarpaulin material to wear more quickly.
  • Store tarpaulins in a dry area with less moisture.
  • Lay your tarp out flat with the side you want to stay clean facing up and fold or roll tarps properly.
  • Don’t drag a tarpaulin off a load by main strength, and so tear it on the sharp corners of cases, etc.-ease it up.
  • Don’t put a tarpaulin on the floor of a wagon and load heavy goods on top of it.
  • Don’t sheet a partly full wagon so that the sheet will form a pond for water. Load and sheet wagon so that the water will drain out at the bottom of the door.
  • Roll up tarpaulins when they are dry, or they will soon go moldy and rot if left for any length of time if rolled wet.

There are different techniques regarding cleaning and washing of tarpaulins. Here are important points to remember.

  • It is known that canvas tarpaulins are not easy to clean. Hot water can damage the wax coating. This can also happen with water coming out of a hose at high pressure, detergent or bleach.
  • Use a brush with soft bristles while cleaning inside and out to avoid damaging the material.
  • Soak a canvas tarpaulin and leave it to dry again before actually using it. 
  • Allowing it to dry properly will also shrink the holes around the stitching (at hems and seams), closing up areas where leaks may occur. 
  • Not all cleaning chemicals can be used for tarps. Some provide protection from UV rays and other problems such as mold and fungal infections.
  • Avoid dirt, tree sap, leaves, bird droppings, and other debris from accumulating or remaining in contact with your external cover or canvas.

Our team of experts at Flynn Rentals makes sure that you only receive the highest quality of tarps you need. We pride in providing the most reliable tarp hire service across the country. Before each tarp goes on hire it goes through a 25 point service check to ensure we are the premier tarp hire company. For more information visit our website at www.flynnrentals.com.au or call us today at 1300 133 844.

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