September 24th 2014
Join us November 5-6 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA as we exhibit for our second year at the Mid-Atlantic Tent Rental Association Tent Show. In 1987, MATRA was birthed as its founders recognized a need for networking amongst industry professionals with education, safety concerns, and product knowledge as their key focus.
Last year, as our first year exhibiting at MATRA, we gained knowledge on safety concerns in the rental tent market and learned how we can aid tent manufacturers in making the safest tents possible. We also gained a better awareness of current tent trends in the Commercial/Rental Tent market allowing us to better meet our customers’ needs. It has also provided us great exposure in market in which we are fairly new. One of the most valuable things MATRA provided was the ability to network and build relationships with fellow tent professionals who have warmly welcomed us into the association.
Please visit our booth if you are attending. We would love the opportunity to meet you and further grow this industry together. To schedule a meeting with us, please email Morgan Leonard.
June 26, 2014
The Dirty Truth About Mildew
What causes mildew to grow? Environment and Food!! In order for mildew to begin to grow the spores must find a warm, moist, and dirty environment. Mildew thrives when it finds some sort of organic food source on the fabric. The organic food doesn’t have to be the cloth itself; it can be organic matter on the fabric such as dirt or water. Therefore, all cloth, even synthetic cloth, is susceptible to mildew damage. Mildew-inhibited fabrics make it harder for mildew to survive since the food source is eliminated in the coating system or inherent in the synthetic fabric. Even if the fabric has been treated with mildew inhibitors, growth is possible as long as there is something for the mildew to survive on.
How does mildew impact vinyl fabrics? Polyester alone is inherent to the attack of micro-organisms. Polyvinyl chloride is susceptible to bio-deterioration. The polymer itself does not readily provide a source of nutrients for bacteria and fungi. The susceptibility of these fabrics to microbial attack is related to plasticizers, fillers, pigments, and stabilizers added during the production process (Hamlyn 1998). Many of these additives are organic compounds of relatively low molecular weight. If these fabrics are left untreated, mildew can thrive on the organic compounds found in the plasticizer (Hamlyn 1998). Over a period of time the fabric will begin to lose its flexibility and crack with extended use. Surface staining from mildew also negatively impacts the aesthetic properties of the fabric.
How do we protect our vinyl fabrics against attack? All of BondCote fabric coatings are formulated with mildew inhibitors to prevent any potential growth. We follow this process up with extensive testing in our lab where our fabrics are tested for growth using 5 different fungi cultures in a humidity chamber over a 28 day period. The only internal acceptable rate of growth is 0; no growth.
How can you prevent/eliminate mildew growth? – Make sure all vinyl fabrics are treated with mildew inhibitors before purchasing them. – Wash away any dirt from the fabric’s surface with warm soapy water and allow it to dry before packing it away. Storing an ingrained dirty fabric, whether visible or not, in a humid or moist environment can promote mildew growth on the organic matter. – In the event that your fabric is exposed to growth, immediately wash the mildew’s food source (i.e.,dirt, water) off with a 15% bleach solution. This should kill the organism and eliminate any further growth around your fabrics. – Removing mildew from the fabrics surface promptly is imperative.
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March 23rd, 2014
As you bring your tents back out from last season and start ramping up production, ask yourself, “What can I do differently this year to increase efficiency and profitability?” We at BondCote are here to support and provide solutions. We understand your need for durable, quality fabrics at a competitive price. Since last season, we have added a few new products to our product line-up for the commercial tent industry. One of the additions includes an 18.5 oz/yd² blockout laminate to our EventGuard™ product line. Last season, our 16.5 oz/yd² lockout laminate became our most popular product sold globally. Both fabrics are ideal for tent top applications due to their cleanability, durability, and ease of RF and hot air welding. These fabrics are just a couple of many that have been developed with our technology used in military shelters stationed throughout the world in the most extreme conditions. As a long standing member of IFAI, and a new member of MATRA we have enjoyed interacting with many familiar faces and continuing to get to know those who make up the heart of the Commercial Tent Industry. Thank for you allowing us to grow with you, and we look forward to a great season as we help you “get the party started”. As always, we look forward to hearing your feedback and answering any questions you may have.
Please contact Morgan Leonard at 800-255-9338 x 378 and for additional information on our EventGuard™ line click here.