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Cole says that at the end of the season,
washing tents in a machine rather than
by hand does a more thorough job of
cleaning every part of the tent, especially
the webbing and Velcro®
. Because some
dryers can be hard on tent vinyl, he
prefers hanging tents up to dry using a
pully system, conveyer or truss system.
But some dryers are easier on material
than others, says Arendt.
" Drying tent tops requires special
An example of Teeco Solutions' flat-panel washing machine. Photo courtesy of Teeco Solutions.
machinery, " he says. " Using the power of
low-temperature, dehumidified air and
a large rotating drum is the surest way
to completely dry vinyl and all webbing
associated with a tent top. Other style
drying machines use high-powered wind
to blow the water from the surface of
flat roof panels. Vinyl dryers using this
method offer the highest daily production,
but will leave any webbing or keder sewn
to the vinyl top damp. "
FIGHTING STAINS SAFELY AND EFFECTIVELY
F
iguring out which chemicals to use or avoid can be
" tricky, " says Steve Arendt, owner/president of Teeco
Solutions. Some stains can only be removed from a tent top
by an " aggressive " cleaning product whereas other more
common soils and stains will respond to a safer, gentler agent.
" Solvents are excellent at removing many tough stains.
However, most solvents harm the vinyl used for tent tops, " he
says. " Chlorine and pH-modified products can harm vinyl,
webbing, stitching and the person doing the cleaning. A
cleaning agent with a near-neutral pH is the most likely choice
to protect the vinyl, webbing and stitching found on a tent. "
(It's also critical that protective gear is worn during the
cleaning process and that those undertaking the task
know how to read an MSDS, or Material Safety Data Sheet,
Arendt says.)
Jay Cole, operations manager for CCC Washers Inc.,
says it's best to avoid using degreasers, soaps that produce
heavy suds and bleach, which will rapidly break down any
plasticizers in the material. He advises those washing tents by
hand that having a clean, dry and flat surface on which to lay
them is essential. Arendt agrees this is a must.
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" Cleaning a tent on a porous surface such as brushed
concrete or asphalt will reduce the cleaning power of the
bristles of the brush, the yarn on the mop, and the fibers of
the cleaning pad on a floor polisher, " he explains.
He also recommends that when applying the cleaning
chemical to the tent top, give it sufficient time to break the dirt
away from the vinyl before starting the cleaning process. This
will result in less scrubbing and less expenditure of effort.
As for these chemicals, Cole says to make sure they're
specifically designed for tent vinyl.
" They will clean the best and be the most economical, " he
explains. " Use soft bristle brushes, buffers or mops to work the
dirt and grime off the tents. And a word of caution about using
pressure washers. If not used properly, they can damage
the vinyl and threads with too much pressure and too hot of
water. Best if used just for rinsing. "
When it comes to protecting vinyl, Michael Tharpe of Rainer
Industries advises using non-petroleum-based cleaning
products. Otherwise, the threads could yellow over time.
" Never use Clorox® as your major cleaning liquid-this could
damage the threads, " he adds.

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