Before It’s Too Late

Do you have a room you’ve been planning to repaint? Ugly wallpaper that needs covering up? When considering your next paint job, take advice from professional painters: use a drop cloth.

But what kind of drop cloth?  Pro painters suggest using one of these four cover materials to spread over your floor and furniture to protect them from paint damage.

Canvas – This might be the most popular option when painting thanks the the material’s thick and durable qualities. These covers will last through more than one paint job, so after you’re done, you can roll and store. Spill a bit of paint? Don’t worry, canvas will absorb the paint so it doesn’t stain your floors.

Plastic – Plastic covers offer a variety of thicknesses from .4 mill to 4 mill. The most common thickness of a plastic drop cloth for painting is about .6-1 mill, or approximately the thickness of a trash bag. These cloths are best for covering furniture and cabinetry, and are also popularly used to protect lawns and landscaping in outdoor painting. Unlike canvas cloths, plastic is not absorptive so paint spills will run.

Paper/Poly – These drop cloths combine both paper and poly materials for an inexpensive and disposable covering option. While adding some protection against slipping, these cloths absorb paint drips and protect your furniture and floors. Helpful tip: these cloths rip easily, so try taping down the edges to prevent unnecessary damage.

Paper – Used in smaller, indoor jobs, paper drop cloths are a cost conscious option for covering windows and furniture. These cloths rip easily, so best not to used them to protect floors in larger paint jobs. After you’re finished, just fold up the used paper and throw it away.

More helpful tips for using drop cloths:

  • Tape edges of plastic and paper cloths down to prevent sliding
  • Use quick-release painter’s tape so you can safely paint down to your floor line
  • Make sure to sweep and/0r vacuum floors before laying cloths down so dirt and debris stuck underneath don’t cause damage
  • When covering furniture, use masking tape to secure cloths

To Mesh Or Not To Mesh?

Mesh is similar to a web or net, and is most popularly manufactured from connected strands of metal, fiber, and other flexible materials. The three main types and primary uses of mesh include plastic, metal, and clothing. For plastic, polypropylene, polyethylene, nylon, and PVC are most commonly used. Metal mesh is popularly made from steel or other metals and is used in straining, such as in making tea, or draining pastas. In clothing, mesh is considered a loosely woven or knitted fabric that offers a number of closely spaced holes and is frequently used for athletic jerseys and other clothing.

Mesh’s multi-material manufacturing and woven quality allows the fabric to provide many purposes to the average and specified user. We’ve listed just a few of those purposes below:

  • Metal and nylon wire filters for filtration of unwanted items
  • Wire mesh can be used in creating waste baskets, park benches, and other forms of baskets
  • Wire screens as those on windows and mosquito netting
  • Wire mesh can be used to create guarding and protection for secured areas
  • Woven mesh is a necessary material to the screen printing industry
  • Fencing for poultry and livestock
  • Surgical mesh
  • Humane domestic animal trapping

If you think mesh may be of use to you or your company, read more about our specifications and manufacturing process.

Burlap In The Garden

As gardening season comes around, you may be interested in what materials can help enhance your gardening experience. An inexpensive and cost-conscious material, burlap is one textile that provides multi-purpose services in your garden pre, during, and post planting season.

From seed to blossom, this biodegradable and permeable fabric is the perfect gardening companion. Below you’ll find a list of the various ways burlap can help make your gardening season more cost and time effective.

Before planting

Alternative Mulch: Burlap’s durable yet permeable nature creates an excellent mulching fabric for your flower or vegetable gardens. In the harvesting areas, you can lay down strips of burlap to help limit the erosion of your soil and to assist with moisture retention.

While planting 

Direct seeding in mid-Summer: Using burlap for direct seeding helps improve germination rates. Laying strips of burlap down over newly sown seeds will help keep seeds from being washed away during rain storms, and it will also prevent evaporation. Once the seeds have begun to germinate, be sure to remove the burlap.

After planting

During the colder months, you can use burlap to help protect some plants like hydrangeas, boxwood, and figs. By taking strips of burlap and wrapping them around your plants, you can provide an extra measure of protection against brutal winter winds and weather conditions.

In addition to weather conditions,wrapping strips of burlap around the trunks of your plants will add an extra layer of protection against pesky nibbling creatures that also take refuge in your garden.

For vegetable gardeners, burlap provides an excellent material for food storage after harvest. Thanks to fabric’s porous quality, burlap bags are an ideal way to store onions and potatoes.

Happy gardening!

 

Woven Poly-What?

Woven polypropylene is a multipurpose material that’s commonly used in packaging, textiles, flood and erosion control, levees, and construction. The recyclable, environmentally friendly material is unique in that it’s easily formed and shaped, allowing it to serve numerous purposes.

Woven polypropylene can be broken into two parts: the material and the style of production.

The first polymerized polypropylene occurred in the lab of Phillips Petroleum chemists, Hogan and Banks, in the early 1950s. The mass-commercialization of polypropylene began soon after. Today, the material is the second most important plastic, expected to exceed a revenue of over USD$145 billion by 2019. Polypropylene is most frequently characterized by its chemical, flame, and rot resistance.

When polypropylene threads are woven together, they create a very light but incredibly durable material. This method allows the material to maintain its strength while providing a breathable climate for the contents of your woven polypropylene bags.

Woven polypropylene bags offer a number of advantages:

  • long lasting and reusable
  • naturally tear-resistant
  • better burst strength compared to plastic bags
  • won’t degrade in wet conditions
  • can be laminated to provide added moisture barrier

Woven polypropylene is most commonly used in sandbags for flood control, however they’re incredibly multipurpose thanks in part to their durable and reusable nature. Some of these purposes include traffic control, gravel and aggregates, feed and grain storage, debris removal bags, clothing, and packaging and shipping among others. If you’re interested in how woven polypropylene might be of use to you, or you’d like to request a quote, please visit our contact page.