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involving the manufacturer, says Jay Cole,
operations manager for CCC Washers
Inc. Headquartered in Rosholt, Wis., and
co-located with tent provider Charnecke
Tents Inc., the company makes three sizes
of fully automatic, fully contained tent
washers, two of which are portable.
" The age of the tent and the size can also
be a determining factor if the tent can be
repaired or not, " Cole adds. " Sometimes it
is better to replace than to repair. "
However, if taking a DIY approach to
repairs, it's important to have the right
tools, Tharpe cautions.
" Use only HH-66 vinyl cement for making
repairs, as this is specially formulated
to work with vinyl products. If using a
hot-air gun for making repairs, ensure
you know what you're doing so as to not
damage the vinyl. Always practice and get
used to the heat settings before attempting
to repair using this process. "
Keeping them clean (and dry)
Fortunately, there's no such confusion
when it comes to cleaning-the need
to do so is obvious. Steve Arendt is the
owner/president of Teeco Solutions, a
Fenton, Mo., provider of tent washing and
drying machines and related products, like
chemicals, tools and personal protective
equipment (PPE) gear. He says that, ideally,
tents should be cleaned in a washing
machine after every other use, particularly
when cleanliness is still on everyone's
minds-although this can vary by client.
" Companies that provide tenting for
high-profile events must provide the
cleanest tents possible and follow strict
cleaning protocols, " he explains. " [But]
often clients who need a tent for an
industrial setting are less concerned about
cleanliness. Justifying a strict cleaning
routine may not make sense for companies
serving more industrial clients. "
" SOLVENTS ARE
EXCELLENT AT
REMOVING MANY
TOUGH STAINS.
HOWEVER, MOST
SOLVENTS HARM
THE VINYL USED
FOR TENT TOPS. "
LEFT: A just-washed tent section is shown drying
on a truss system with pulley. This is a method
preferred by CCC Washers and Charnecke Tents
as being easier on vinyl. Photo courtesy of CCC
Washers Inc. and Charnecke Tents Inc.
BELOW: This repair kit, assembled by
Rainier Industries, illustrates some of the
tools used for a basic tent repair. The
HH-66 contact cement is specifically
formulated to work with vinyl products.
Photo courtesy of Rainier Industries Ltd.
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