Yadu produce quality effective tarpaulin products – check out what ‘ya-do’ to keep them that way!

March 7th – One of the biggest plastic product companies in China, Shanghai Yadu Plastic was formed in 1996. It is now a joint venture enterprise, established by Chinese and foreign business partners. The company’s staff rota now tops over 200 employees, including 50 production technicians and a modern-thinking, effective management team.

A new IMD  online member,Yadu operates the latest advanced technology in various aspects of its production and has now built a thriving world-wide market covering more than 30 countries and regions.

The key products of the company are PE and PP woven coating fabrics used for the likes of tarpaulins, livestock sheds shelter sheets, hay tarps, rubber roofing covers and more. Products are waterproof and fire retardant.

A trade focused ‘read of interest’ found on the Yadu web site blog highlights a key point of interest – namely how to effectively look after and maintain tarpaulins – – a lead product of Yadu –  when it rains or when it is stored away …

If tarpaulins are not properly maintained or stored, discolouration will occur. In fact, when using PE tarpaulins, try to avoid contact between tarpaulins and any strong, stain delivering materials. To clean a tarpaulin, you can apply toothpaste or white chalk powder and if carefully evenly applied these products will further enhance the clean finish effect of the tarpaulin. Always let it fully dry before storing away  – a must to prevent discolouration. 

When it comes to damage to a PE tarpaulin, a special tarpaulin glue is generally used if there are holes or small-area tears. In the past, wax thread knitting was used for repairs, which was not only costly but also slow. Now with adhesives, tarpaulin repair is much simpler.  The specific method is as follows – if it is a leak-type damage – this is best tackled using two patch pieces cut in advance for replacement. For loophole repair fabrics, it is best to round the corners when cutting. First on the outside of the tarpaulin, the fabric repair patch is pasted preferably uncoated, which is more wear-resistant. Apply the glue evenly, especially around the edges, and then apply the repair patch . You can also re-apply sealant at the seams. Then repair the other side in the same way. In addition to the above methods, use a file to rub the cut tarpaulin about 2cm nearer the edge which will make the repair more successful. 

As tarpaulins are all about sheltering from the wind and rain, it is a fact that they can gain a slightly mouldy smell over time.

Many who use tarpaulins know that if possible after a rain-soaking, the tarpaulin should not be stored away to avoid a mould smell building up on the tarpaulin. If in these circumstances a product is left stored for a longer time, a mould may then grow on the tarpaulin due to the humidity build-up that can occur. In order to prevent this the right thing to do is to wipe the tarpaulin off with warm soapy water and a sponge and an appropriate cleaning agent before storing. The best recipe for mould removal is to mix a glass of brine, a glass of lemon juice, and a glass of gallon water, and knead the mixed solution together over the mildew. Doing so will achieve impressive even unexpected results – there now you know!