How To Repair a Canvas Tarp

Tarpaulins made of heavy duty material like canvas are in demand today. Canvas tarps come in different fabrics, grades and sizes and these can be used for several functions including boating, camping and painting. The lower grade type of canvas tarp is perfect for occasional use, while the higher grade is perfect for outdoor activities such as camping and landscaping.  One of the common functions of canvas tarps is to shelter furniture and other important things inside the house while a painting session is going on.

Canvas tarps are more expensive than plastic tarps, but they are more durable. They can be used over and over again, and can withstand severe weather conditions.  The heavy weight type of canvas would be better for camping, as it stays in place and gets things covered. Every canvas tarp has concrete brass grommets more or less every two feet. Maintaining a canvas tarp is normally not the top priority of most people. High quality canvas tarps will last for many years, but in time you will notice that your canvas tarp needs some repair, most especially the canvas tarps that you always use outside your home.

You can hire a repairman to do the canvas tarp repair work. The cost is expensive and it is not practical to spend hundreds of dollars these days. Luckily, you can do the repair yourself (DIY) without spending too much. You will just need a few materials to help you get started. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to repair a canvas tarp right in the comfort of your home:

  1. First buy the materials you will need. For example, cleaning materials like a brush, cleaning solution/stain remover, special needle, special thread, tarp tape, scissors, etc. You can buy cleaning and DIY materials at the stores near you. It is best to purchase them on sale.
  2. Clean your canvas tarp with the brush, cleaning solution or stain remover. Remove all the dirt and mold.
  3. Wash the area with running water and allow it to dry for a while.
  4. Once it is dry, start sewing the holes and tears using a special needle and thread. You can use a high quality tarp tape to repair a leaky canvas tarp.

Repairing a canvas tarp is not a difficult task at all. It just takes a little skill and patience to get it done. You need to prepare some materials that are affordable and easy to find. If you do not have time to repair your canvas tarp and you have the sufficient funds to get the service of a repairman, then you can have yours done at a canvas repair center. Canvas repair centers have all the necessary materials to fix your worn out canvas tarps such as boat canvas tarps, camping canvas tarps, landscaping canvas tarps, trailer tents and a lot more. Make sure to read testimonials from clients before dealing with any canvas tarp center.


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