If you must regularly haul loose debris, such as rocks and soil, with your truck, you will need to make sure to use a sliding tarp system to prevent these materials from becoming airborne while you are driving. However, a tarp can be subjected to intense strains, but you may minimize the effects of this wear and tear through using simple tips.
Clean The Tarp After Every Use
Regularly cleaning the tarp is one of the most effective options for minimizing wear to this device. If dirt and other debris accumulate on the tarp, it can provide a suitable environment for bacteria, small plants, algae and other organisms. Over time, the waste products of these organisms can degrade the tarp to the point where it is more likely to tear. To clean the tarp, you should use a hose to thoroughly rinse it. If it is especially dirty, you may want to use a gentle cleaning solution. Using a harsh cleaning solution can weaken the fabric that comprises the tarp, and it may also discolor it. Furthermore, you will need to thoroughly rinse the tarp to remove any remaining residue. Otherwise, a sticky film may form, which can cause the tarp to become dirty much more quickly.
Properly Store The Tarp
During periods where you are not using the tarp, you will want to store it inside your home or garage as long-term exposure to rain and intense sunlight can be extremely degrading to the fabric. Prior to storing the tarp, you should ensure that it is tightly rolled. While some people will fold these tarps, this can leave deep creases that can be difficult to remove from the tarp. If you notice condensation forming on the tarp, you should take steps to reduce the humidity in the storage space as this exposure to moisture can eventually rot the tarp's fabric. For those that live in areas with high humidity levels, it may be best to rent a climate controlled storage unit for this task.
Check The Tarp For Holes And Fraying
Prior to using the tarp, you should thoroughly inspect it for holes and fraying. Seemingly small holes can rapidly increase in size and a frayed tarp may fall apart while you are using it. If this happens, it can lead to damage occurring from airborne debris. To help avoid delays from needing to replace the tarp, you should consider investing in two so that you will have one ready to go in the event that this type of wear has occurred.