Thursday, July 26, 2018
You’ve made the leap and purchased a Tent Liner for your events. Congratulations! As you sit back and imagine all of the beautiful parties you’ll soon be hosting, remember that all items need upkeep to stay in the best shape possible. In the case of liners this means a few steps that need to be taken at every single use to ensure that the liner will be in top shape time and again.
Upon receiving a brand-new liner, it will need to be prepped. To make sure that there are no major creases that can be unsightly, the liner should be fluffed and lightly stuffed into the storage bag without any folding. This causes the fabric to take on a textured look, where the tiny folds in the fabric create the most commonly sought-after appearance.
If the liner has been used before, be sure to check that there are no spots on the fabric from dirt or residual cleaning agents. With liners being such a stark white color, small areas of discoloration can easily be spotted from a distance, so cleanliness is key.
When connecting the liner to the tent, there needs to be a ground cloth laid out. Because liners are made from white fabric, even the smallest amount of accumulated dirt is going to show very evidently once hoisted into the air. As the various sides are attached to the tent, pay attention not to get caught up or tread on any of the hanging portions when moving about the tent.
The liner will have the textured, lightly “crushed” appearance when installed. For the areas that hang down just at the tent valances, you may have to have it look more smoothed and uniform. In this case, a light steaming from any clothes-steaming appliance can remove any creases in the applied area and flatten the fabric. Never apply a hot appliance like an iron directly to the fabric as this may cause damage.
Taking down the liner, ground cloths should still be used to avoid unnecessarily soiling the liner fabric. The fabrics used to create the liner are machine washable; liners can be washed with light detergent on a cold-water setting. Try to make sure that a large-capacity washer is used. Never use bleach on liners, as this may cause the stitching and hardware to become discolored. If you decide to use detergent, you can make sure there is no residual cleaner left on the fabric by running the liner through an extra rinse cycle.
Liners can be dried in a clothing dryer, so long as it is dried on a low- to no-heat setting. If deciding to air dry the liner, make sure that none of it touches the ground. Before storing the liner, it must be 100% dry to avoid any mold and mildew growth. Check all of the fabric and especially the hook and loop strips to ensure that they have completely dried. The liner is stuffed into the bag without any folding. Storage bags both protect the liner during down time and also help to create the crushed fabric look.
Remembering the basics of liner care – light ruffling in the bag, always using drop cloths, and regular washing with complete drying – will keep your liner looking great and enhancing events for years to come. Looking for more information? A Celina representative can be reached by sending us an email (Sales@CelinaTent.com) or giving us a call at (866) 783-4083. We’re here to help!