Treat the Tarpestry like a tarp! Shake it out when it’s dirty, rinse it off with a hose when it’s really dirty. If your Tarpestry needs a wash, use a machine without an agitator. Cold cycle, mild soap, hang to dry. To protect the urethane coating and prevent breakdown, use a wash-in outdoor gear cleaner like Nikwax instead of soap.
Harsh detergent and the agitation of a machine wash will eventually break down the inner coating on the Tarpestry. You won’t see this but you may notice a decrease in water-repellency. If there is a noticeable difference in functionality, re-coat the Tarpestry with spray for waterproofing outdoor gear.
Air circulation will ensure a fresher smelling Tarpestry the next time you use it. The best thing you can do is hang it up indoors – it is beautiful to look at after all! Or you can store it, loosely packed and in a breathable state, to help prevent moisture that leads to mold and mildew. Don’t store your Tarpestry in a musty basement or un-insulated garage. Consider a bedroom or hall closet instead of a garage, basement or attic.
The Tarpestry is highly water-repellent, not waterproof. Ergo, it will repel the water to a point.
Lay your Tarpestry down on damp grass and you will stay high and dry. If you lay it down in a puddle, it will eventually saturate and you will have a soggy bottom.
If you use your Tarpestry for rain protection, hang it at an angle so that the water can bead up and roll down. If you allow the water to pool, it will eventually saturate. And for the love of pete have the water-repellent base fabric facing the rain.
‘Tis the nature of fabric to fade. BUT, our Rugged and Artist Series Tarpestrys are UV treated on both sides – so they will last the longest. These two styles are what you want if you plan to have your Tarpestry outside 24/7.
The Classic style has a cotton upper that is printed with vegetable dyes. The vibrancy may fade but the functionality will not!
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