• Demand for Tarps Surges in Preparation for Hurricane Florence

    Company rapidly meets the needs of tarps for businesses and consumers bracing for Hurricane Florence.

    St. Joseph, MI, September 13, 2018 --  With more than 1 million people now bracing for the Hurricane Florence and the mandatory evacuation in coastal areas that includes Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, Tarps Now is actively meeting the needs of many homeowners and businesses preparing for the aftermath of what is expected to be devastating levels of damage to roofing, windows, interior rooms, and thresholds areas that are typically hit the hardest.

    Having ready access to heavy duty tarps often disappearing from store shelves, forward thinking consumers are making advance purchases enhances the ability to preserve assets that have not been destroyed by high winds, storm surges, and extended periods of heavy rainfall. To meet this need Tarps Now offers a complete line of products for sale to the public, businesses, state, federal, military, and other governmental agencies through their website located at www.tarpsnow.com. No other firm provides the depth and breadth of products engineered to meet the needs of areas confronted with hurricane disaster recovery.

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    About Tarps Now

    Tarps Now features an extensive online catalog of canvas tarps, poly tarps, mesh tarps, vinyl tarps, and custom tarps and cover materials engineered to meet the needs of Hurricane recovery. As specialists in custom, canvas and vinyl tarps, they are the low-price leaders in their category. The company offers the convenience of fast, easy, online ordering as well as a knowledgeable staff to guide customers through the specification process. Tarps Now has the experience and scale to insure customer specifications are carefully followed, expectations exceeded, and results being delivered.

  • Cut Size versus Finish Size of Tarps

    Cut Size versus Finish Size of Tarps Cut Size versus Finish Size of Tarps

    One of the objectives when ordering a tarp, besides the primary protective aspect, is to have it appropriately fit its covering duty. Being a little oversize is usually workable but can be a bit inconvenient to deal with the extra material. On the other hand, a tarp that is undersize can be more of an issue. It will, at a minimum, not fully cover the intended object or space. To help ensure that you order and receive the tarp, cover, curtain, panel, or runner that you intend, every inch that you expect, it is very important to understand that there are two basic tarp industry classifications of the delivered product, Cut Size versus Finish Size of Tarps.   

    Cut Size

    A Cut Size tarp refers to the dimensions of the tarp before the sewing of the hems and seams occur. It is the size that it was cut to, the starting size. Following the sewing process, tarps can be anywhere from four to eight inches and even shorter in each direction.  This depends on the size of the hem. For example, a two-inch hem is going require at least two inches at both end of the width to fold over to create the hem adding up to four inches shorter in total for that direction, say the width. The same happens on the length when the hem, which is usually the case, goes all around the perimeter. A Cut Size 6’ X 8’ tarp may actually be 5’ 6” X 7’ 6” with the hem.

    One reason for this classification is the rolls of material that the tarps are made from often come in standard widths such as 48-inches, 60- inches, and 96-inches. The use of these common widths cut down on the labor of having to cut additional sides and by eliminating the waste of excess trimmed fabric. Saving on these initiatives helps cut down on the overall costs that go into the tarp that you order.

    Finish Size

    More of a logical classification in the tarp industry and one you may feel should always get, Finish Size. This is the size of the cover after the sewing of the hem is complete. Even if material is added  to make larger tarps, the finish size is what you might call the actual size. There is more material in the beginning to get to the size. The four, six, eight inches, or more material is added before the sewing process to ensure the final, or finish, product is right on the dimensions ordered.

    Going Forward

    Although the difference between Cut Size and Finish Size tarps can be confusing and frustrating, these terms are standards within the tarp industry. So please look for Cut Size or Finish Size notification when ordering and you can plan, adjust accordingly. We at Tarps Now try to state these classifications as clearly as possible in each of our product descriptions. Our customer service representatives will also stress and explain this when speaking to clients. Know Cut Size versus Finish size of Tarps.

    Hopefully this little bit of information is helpful. It can help eliminate an issue in ordering now or in the future. If there is anything that we can add to this topic or to anything else tarp related, please feel free to contact us at (888) 800-1383.

  • 25 Creative Uses of Tarps

    Tarps find use in countless applications in just about every industry out there. They cover equipment, protect people, and divide space. Besides the obvious protective benefits of coverings, there are a lot of creative, both safe and fun, uses of tarps that you may not normally consider.

    Here is a list of 25 Creative Uses of Tarps (in no particular order):

    Shelters – tarps are excellent for creating temporary and quick shelters such as tents, pet housing, and livestock housing.

    Kid’s Fort – a simple but fun way to provide children with a play structure

    Privacy – hanging tarps will provide privacy for outside showers and toilets

    Ground Cover – a dry, water resistant, and soft cover under a tent or other shelter.

    Block Wind – tarps nicely block wind.

    Sleeping Bag – in a pinch, some tarps substitute as sleeping bags to help keep you warm and dry.

    Emergency Blanket/Wrap – especially in emergency situations where blankets are not available, tarps will keep individuals safe and warm.

    Poncho – tarps act as a ponchos when a coat is lost or not available.

    Hammock – tarps easily become hammocks slinging to trees or poles.

    Backpacks – fold a tarp up and use it as a backpack to conveniently carry items.

    Totes – similar to backpacks, totes can be created to carry certain things.

    Cover Damaged Areas -  cover windows, walls, roofs, and cars that may receive damage from the elements during the repair waiting period.

    Stretcher/Gurney -  secure a tarp to two poles/sticks on both ends and create a stretcher or gurney to carry a person to safety.

    Drag Heavy Items – heavy things such as equipment, people, hunting game, landscape and yard trimmings call more easily be pulled with a tarp than carried by hand.

    Catch Rain Water – line a hole or bucket with a tarp to collect rain water.

    Keep Items Dry – protect firewood outside and other items dry at a campsite, your backyard, or worksite.

    Signal for Help -  stretch out a bright tarp to signal for help.

    Boat Sail – tarps may substitute for a sail on a sailboat if one is not available.

    Boats - with a primitive frame, emergency or fun boats can find a creative use from tarps.

    Protect Plants in a Cold Snap – tarps will protect plants when blanketing them during a cold snap.

    Catch All - place a tarp on the floor or ground to catch debris, paint, trimmings, and food for work, crafts, yard work, other chores, cooking, and eating.

    Vehicle Lining -  line the trunk of car or the bed of a truck to help keep the vehicle clean and protect against spills and debris allowing for easy clean up by simply folding up the removing of the tarp.

    Pet Protection  - cover a couch, chair, or even bed with a tarp to keep and protect them from pets and their fur when you are not around.

    Billboards – with a little paint a tarp becomes a billboard or sign.

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    Picnic Covering - rather than using a blanket, tarps are a great picnic cover option to place your food, drinks, and self on in the park or field.    

    Tarps are as creative as you are

    These are just a short list of creative and different uses for tarps. There are as many uses as you can think of. Let us hear from you about some of your great and creative uses of tarps. Contact us at (888) 800-1383 or sales@tarpsnow.com and let us know.

  • Tarps Now Announces Expanded Offerings of Premium Grade Mesh Tarps

    ST. JOSEPH, MICHIGAN -- Tarps Now is pleased to announce the release of new lines of Mesh Tarps that helps both consumers and businesses with an industrial grade construction that protects against tears, scrapes, acid, mildew, oil, and grease. Innovations with Tarps Now Mesh Tarps includes a premium grade feature highlighting the 'spur grommets' making for easy tie-downs.

    The expansion of Mesh Tarp offerings involves protective Windscreens that offer varying levels of both UV protection and wind resistance, depending on the selected material and design. Applications for these new lines of Mesh Tarps extend to uses in and around homes, such as patios, decks, thresholds, gazebos, pools, picnic areas, barns, kennels, and other outdoor recreational areas.

    At the same time, many businesses are adopting the use of Mesh Shade Tarps to protect employees who work in areas where prolonged exposure to the elements exists such as in agricultural processing areas, animal feedlot areas, warehousing dock areas, shipping and receiving areas along with many other applications.

    To meet the need for custom coverings, Tarps Now fabricates mesh tarp coverings a variety of mesh screen exposure ratings, weights, fabric grades and colors, that are all engineered to provide outstanding levels of protection from intense sunlight as well as other forces of nature.

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    About Tarps Now

    Tarps Now features an extensive online catalog of canvas tarps, poly tarps, custom tarps, vinyl tarps, mesh tarps, and industrial divider curtains. As specialists in custom canvas and vinyl tarps, they are the low-price leaders in their category. The company offers the convenience of fast, easy, online ordering as well as a knowledgeable staff to guide customers through the specification process insuring their project will be completed on time and under budget. Tarps Now has the experience and scale to insure customer specifications are carefully followed and expectations exceeded for every project, large or small.

  • Cleaning Tarps

    Being a Tarp is a tough and dirty job. These sheets of specialized fabric perform a host of protective duties of covering something of value. In providing the important tasks, Tarps will become soiled, grimy, and mucky from the things they are shielding against over time from such things as dirt, water, grease, oil, chemicals, and other contaminants. It is possible and a necessity to offer a little tender loving care in cleaning tarps to get the most out of them.

    Of course, there are a number of different materials that tarps are made from including canvas, vinyl, plastic, and nylon; the cleaning of each type of fabric will require a different approach, touch, and use of cleaners in removing filth. Doing so will help the Tarps perform their intended purposes while also extending their useful lives.


    Getting Started

    Spread your Tarp out as flat as possible. If it is too large to work with in the area you have, tackle the covering in sections. Once you have it laid out, sweep or brush off the excess dirt from the Tarp.

    Next, it is best to use specialized tarp cleaner solutions that are formulated for an assortment of tarps and the characteristics of their unique materials. These are generally safe for use on the fabric and great at removing the tough dirt and other contaminants that have collected.

    If you will be doing your cleaning on grass, near other plants, pets, and people it is a suggestion to use biodegradable cleaners such as simple green or mild dish washing soap.

    Dilute the solution with warm water, however instructed by the manufacturer of the cleaner, and apply to the Tarp and allow it to sit for 10 to 20 minutes to help loosen the layers of dirt and grime. Use additional cleaner as needed and scrub the troubled areas. A power washer is a possibility at a very low setting but be careful not to damage or dislodge the protective coatings especially on vinyl tarps. A garden hose will usually do the job to knock the dirt loose and rinse the Tarp.

    Be alert as you scrub and spray around the grommets/eyelets and other fabric insertions not to damage the Traps in these more sensitive areas.


    Inspection and Drying

    After cleaning the Tarp this is a good to inspect it for weak areas such are wear, tears, holes, or abrasions along with hem or grommet damage. This would be the time to note the issues and address after drying.

    Next dry the tarp by hanging it on a line or two or over fixtures that can support it. Flip the tarp at a point to ensure both sides dry properly. Once completely dry take care of any repairs and then return it to duty or place it properly in storage. If the tarp is still damp, mildew and mold issues can arise in storage.


    Cleaning Tarps is a simple task that can make sure they work properly and have long useful lives. The hardest part is the handling and finding the area necessary to perform the washing. It is well worth the effort.

    Please feel free to contact our knowledgeable staff at Tarps now. We can help you with recommendations on Cleaning Tarps and anything to do with coverings. Call us today at (888) 800-1383. We look forward to working with you!

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