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sides out, joining the hook and loop
strips of Velcro completely together.
Heavily soiled areas may be
pretreated with laundry spot
removers, but dry cleaning solvents
should never be used, as they
will remove the lame-retardant
properties and cause the fabric to
become discolored, Tharpe says.
For drying, Tharpe recommends
tumble drying on low or no heat or
hanging to dry. "Temperatures over
120 degrees (F) may reduce the lameretardant properties in the fabric
and cause shrinkage," Tharpe says.
"High heat will also set large wrinkles
into the fabric. Low heat as a general
rule will leave the fabric with the soft
crushed silk look that is desirable."
When hang drying, be sure to
separate the Velcro hook and loop
to speed the drying process, he says.
"Once dry, especially the webbing
and Velcro, restuff the liners into
their storage bags. Repeated washing
and stuf ing will enhance the liners,
creating a soft crushed look."
To avoid mildew, Tharpe warns
against putting wet or damp liners into

storage bags. The discoloration from
mildew usually cannot be removed,
even with repeated washing. During
installation, some fabrics will require
touch-up, especially valances and leg
drapes. "Garment steamers are very
effective to improve the inished look
on these items," Tharpe says. "Avoid
hot irons as they could damage the
fabric and affect the lame retardancy."
Whitlow recommends always hang
drying tent liners. In addition, all
handling should be done with clean
hands, and drop cloths should be used
for installation and dismantles, he says.
Tent rental companies strive to keep
the tents in their inventory damage and
stain free as long as possible. The same
philosophy goes for event linens and
tent liners. It may take a little elbow
grease to get rid of that food grease. But
with the right tools, tips, and some time
experimenting with different combinations of products, your linens and liners
will always be clean, wrinkle free and
ready for your most discerning clients.

Dry cleaning solvents should never be used
on tent liners, because they will remove the
fabric's flame-retardant properties. Pictured is
the Baytex P-Series liner for small structures.
Photo courtesy of Rainier Tent.

TOP TIP

T

o check for stains on a lace
fabric, lay out a basic fabric
in the same color and place the
lace fabric on top. Any stains
will be much easier to see.
-Amy Richards,
All Occasions Event Rental

Holly O'Dell is a freelance writer and
editor based in Montevideo, Minn.

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