If you are a big fan of the great outdoors, a tarpaulin is a vital piece of any camping kit. A high-quality tarp can be placed over rucksacks and other camping equipment to help to protect it from the rain when you are making your camp. A tarp also makes an excellent ground mat if you need to sit down or place items on a muddy patch of ground. Damage to a tarp can cause no end of trouble during a camping trip, so you will want to make sure you do everything you can to protect it and keep it in top condition. Below is a guide to some of the steps you can take to protect your tarp.
Check the seams for damage
Before and after every camping trip, you should examine the seams of the tarp for any signs of damage. While a damaged seam may seem like a minor issue, it is one that is only likely to get worse. Once a seam has been damaged, this places extra strain on the surrounding seams which can start a chain reaction where a section of your tarp suddenly fails and becomes detached. You should take your tarp to a repair shop to have it fixed as soon as you notice any damage to the seams.
Make sure there are no sharp objects in the ground
Before you lay a tarp out on the ground, you should check that there are no sharp objects on the ground. Potential sharp objects could be natural things such as rocks, or it could be the result of a careless camper who has left food tins or camping knives behind. By performing a quick check, you can make sure that your tarp is not ripped or damaged.
Keep the tarp away from the campfire
Tarps are made of plastic, or they consist of a cloth material which has been coated in plastic. Everybody knows that plastic and fire do not mix well. If you are using the tarp as a ground sheet on which you place objects at your camp, you should ensure that it is a safe distance from the fire. If it is windy, you should keep in mind which direction the wind is blowing from as it could carry hot embers and ashes towards the tarp. A tarp which has been damaged by fire or heat is likely to either have holes in it or to have become misshapen. Either way, a fire damaged tarp is likely to be unusable on future camping trips.
If you would like to find out more, contact a business which specialises in tarps.Share
26 January 2018
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