TENT and TARP DRYING METHODS
Since tents normally are stored either folded or rolled, one of the biggest concerns in tent cleaning is the drying process that must take place after the material has been cleaned. It is imperative that the material be completely dry before storage;
otherwise, mold and mildew will readily thrive in the damp environment. The combination of light and a moist, warm environment create a "terrarium" effect from which mold and mildew can grow and multiply. For this reason, we will first take a look at the various ways of drying the material; on site and in-house. In this section, you will find different systems for permanent and temporary " drying stations ". Most of the companies we spoke with will dry only 10 foot panels on a temporary station, reserving larger panels for cleaning on a frame or in-house.
Once you are done cleaning the panel on the ground simply place it on a clean piece of plastic sheeting and let the sun do the work. You must use plastic sheeting for several reasons :
1. It keeps dirt and grass off the backside.
2. The sheeting keeps ground molds and mildews from being spread to the panel.
3. It helps prevent ground moisture from condensing on the backside, this makes drying time shorter.
If you have built a slant board you are no doubt in a fixed base cleaning site. This will allow you to build permanent drying stations beside your slant board so multiple panels can be dried at one time. Remember when suspended off the floor, panels only need to be inches apart from each other to allow proper ventilation for drying. These drying stations are usually a system of lines and pulleys that allow the heavy panels to be hoisted vertical. Some can be as simple as a clothesline configuration where the panels are suspended from a central line.One side of this system can be set up against a building wall reducing the amount of space needed. Consider having beams at the 20 foot width and on larger panels run them crossways. Simply set the panel or tent down after cleaning, hoist and tie to boat cleats.
If the structure is standing you will have to let it dry normally in place just as if it were an awning or canopy.
This method is usually done by the companies that have the big panel washing machines. These drying machines are usually large ringer systems that feed the panels through a system of ringers that squeegee off the water. As the fabric exits the drying machine it is then rolled or folded for storage for shipping back to the supplier. Remember panels are very heavy and will incur high shipping costs because of it. Plus these extra steps create more time demands.