Both Tarpaulins and canvas need to be taken care of, lion Tarps leading tarpaulin manufacturers, give a guide on how to look after them.
- 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 use tarpaulins for dropping cases on, to save the cases,—have a sack filled with straw handy.
- 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.
- Don’t roll up tarpaulins when they are wet, or they will soon go mouldy and rot if left for any length of time.
- Clean the canvas by brushing regularly inside & out, with a soft bristle brush & hosing occasionally with cold clean water.
- Avoid dirt, tree sap, leaves, bird droppings, and other debris from accumulating or remaining in contact with your external cover or canvas.
- Do not apply soaps, detergents, cleaning fluids or insecticides
Ensure the canvas is thoroughly dry before packing away. Most fabrics are susceptible to mildew. Mildew results when canvas/pvc is folded when wet, or stored in a damp place.