How To Easily Clean and Store a Flatbed Tarp

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As the seasons change, your flatbed tarp will pick up different debris from its surroundings. Thorough cleaning is a crucial step you shouldn't skip. This will extend the life of your tarp as well as prevent mold, mildew, and unnecessary tears.

Cleaning your tarp:

  1. Before you begin cleaning your tarp, mix a simple cleaning solution using common household items.
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda (2 cups for every gallon of vinegar)
  • Dawn dish soap (as much as you need to cut through the grime)
  • Next, lay your tarp completely open and flat. If you do not have the space to open it completely, work in sections, or lay it on your empty flatbed.
  • Rinse the tarp with water to get rid of the first layer of debris, then apply the cleaning solution evenly to the tarp and let it soak for 10-15 minutes.
  • Use a wide push broom to scrub through the grime and mud on your tarp. If the dirt is still stuck, you can use a pressure washer on a very low pressure.
  • Allow the tarp to dry completely. Storing prematurely can cause mold and mildew.
  • Take advantage of your freshly cleaned tarp to investigate any tears. Once it is completely dry, patch up any previous damages. 

    Storing your flatbed tarp:

    The better you store your tarp, the easier unfolding and reinstallation will be. 

    1. Strat with your tarp completely laid out on a flat surface with the grommets facing up. If you have a flap, fold it into the center. 
    2. Fold each side of the tarp to the center. If the flaps don’t meet in the center, adjust them so that they meet directly in the center.
    3. Repeat step two for each side. 
    4. Take one side of the tarp lengthwise and fold it in half. 
    5. From the opposite side of your flap, begin rolling your tarp towards the flap. 
    6. Bungee your tarp and store in a dry place. 

    With just a little work, your tarp is cleaned, repaired, and easily accessible for the next use!

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