How To Treat Canvas Tarp

Canvas covers are an adaptable prerequisite for camping outings, open-air occasions, or even for usage in the house. Their robustness and adaptability make them an obligatory tool in various situations. Nevertheless, to make the most out of this practical tool, it is crucial to adequately sustain it. Today, we will talk about how to care for a canvas cover to guarantee its durability.

Step 1: Clean Your Canvas Tarp

Keeping your canvas tarp clean is an essential part of its treatment. To do this:

  • Shake off any loose dirt or dust.
  • Use a mild soap solution and a soft brush to lightly scrub any spots or stains.
  • Rinse thoroughly and let it air dry completely before storage or use.

Step 2: Apply a Canvas Preservative

Once your tarp is clean, it’s time to protect it with a canvas preservative, which creates a protective barrier against water and UV rays. There are many available on the market, so select one that suits your requirements, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the best results.

Step 3: Waterproof Your Canvas Tarp

Even though canvas is naturally water-resistant, it isn’t entirely waterproof. Over time, the natural waterproofing abilities of canvas can wear off. So, you should consider applying a waterproofing treatment. An affordable and standard method is to use a “wax dressing.” Here’s a simple DIY recipe:

DIY Waterproofing Wax Recipe:

            - 1 part paraffin wax
            - 1 part boiled linseed oil
            - 0.5 part mineral spirits

            1. Melt the paraffin wax in a double boiler.
            2. After it's fully melted, add the linseed oil.
            3. Add the mineral spirits slowly and stir until it's well mixed.
            4. Let the mixture cool down, and then apply it to the canvas.

Make sure to apply the wax evenly. In the end, your canvas should have a slight sheen but not be saturated or feel greasy.

Step 4: Allow it to Dry

It’s crucial to let your tarp completely dry after applying any treatment to ensure it sets properly. It can take a day or two, depending on the climate and weather.

Step 5: Store Properly

When not in use, store your canvas tarp in a dry and clean area. Avoid any contact with sharp objects that may puncture or tear the canvas. Remember, your tarp’s life largely depends on how well you treat and store it.

With these steps, you can maximize the lifespan of your canvas tarp while maintaining its durability and functionality. Happy tarping!