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Canvas care- cleaning and proofing


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First, my little gloat! After religiously searching ebay since november, my daily diligence has paid off! I managed to bag myself a hi cap canopy and hoop set with all the fixings for £100. Considering it'd probably stand me nearly 700 squid new, i'm a little pleased.

Now i need to give it a good clean and waterproof it. Is washing up liquid and a nail brush or simelar suitabe to clean it? I ain got a clue about proofing it, so any advice would be appreciated.

Oh, i,ve now got a safety devices roll bar to suit a hi cap for sale if anyone's intersted, don't recon the come up second hand very often...

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I would steer very well clear of washing up liquid. ISTR they have the property of weakening the surface tension of water to help with the cleaning. Any residue left in the canvas would tend to make leaks more likely.

I don't have any specific products to mention, but I'd look for a products sold to clean tents or marquees.

You may get pointed to a combined cleaner & proofer.

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i once used washig up liquid but wouldn't use it again. last time i cleaned i got some tent cleaner from millets filled the bath with warm water and let it soak for a bit, then used the shower to rince it out, it worked well but i dont think the girlfriend was too impressed :D

a garden sparyer is the best methord for applying waterproofing.

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I would steer very well clear of washing up liquid. ISTR they have the property of weakening the surface tension of water to help with the cleaning. Any residue left in the canvas would tend to make leaks more likely.

I don't have any specific products to mention, but I'd look for a products sold to clean tents or marquees.

You may get pointed to a combined cleaner & proofer.

sounds like a logical and scientific reason to avoid fairy liquid. I'll get myself down to the camping store and see what they say. We're expecting rain later so that may save me a job too!

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