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ABOVE: This Teeco washer can wash up to
5,200 sq. ft. of tent material. The large door
opening makes loading and unloading large
pieces of tent tops easy. Photo courtesy of
Teeco Solutions.
BELOW: The cleaning room at Tents for Rent in
Ephrata, Pa., is dedicated solely to washing and
drying tent tops. The company uses a rope and
pulley system for hanging wet tents to dry. Photo
courtesy of Tents for Rent and Teeco Solutions.
Tharpe is seeing an increasing number
of tops being replaced due to long-term
installations, which can damage vinyl
thanks to excessive exposure to UV, wind
and other abrasives. This fact, combined
with rental companies simply not having
the time or labor to clean and inspect
their tops, has reduced the demand for
vinyl repair.
For now, repairs are still coming
in a little slower than pre-pandemic,
" however, I anticipate that as the busy
season slows down, we will see a much
larger demand on tents getting repaired,
especially for the next busy season, "
Tharpe says.
Another factor affecting repairs is
the uncertainty surrounding the future
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health of the U.S. economy and ongoing
struggles with inflation in wages and materials,
inspiring people to try and maintain
their existing products longer rather
than replacing them, says Paul Aumento,
president of Creative Textile Solutions
Ltd., a Halifax, N.S., Canada, manufacturer
of value-added textile products such as
awnings, banners, canopies, marine covers
and more. The company also repairs
commercial tent sidewalls and retail-style
pop-up tents, as well as services and
repairs other items.
If possible, repairs should be
considered first, since this can be an
economical way to increase a product's
life span, he says. But at some point,
replacement becomes the only realistic,
and cost-effective, option.
" Once a product reaches a point in its
life span, a repair may not be economical, "
Aumento explains. " For example, tents and
tent sidewalls may be beyond repair due to
degradation of the fabric, excessive staining
and dirt, and generally poor appearance. "
Minor repairs such as pinholes or other
tiny tears can likely be handled in-house,
but large holes or rips, or damaged rings,
plates and webbing probably require

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