How To Extend The Life Of Flatbed Tarps & Tie-Down Straps

We at Mytee Products know Flatbed Truckers are always on the go. However, you want to make sure your tarps and straps have an extra layer of protection before hitting the road. At the end of the day, you are running your own business and it’s your responsibility to take good care of your products. We at Mytee Products encourage you to follow our motto “Haul Safe and Earn More.” Here are some tips for how to protect your tarps and straps, all while saving money:

How To Protect Your Tarps

Lumber tarps on flatbed

When it comes to ensuring the safety of your products, Flatbed Truckers need to make sure their safety equipment is up to par. Truck Tarps are especially crucial for protecting large and industrialized cargo. While often left exposed to weather conditions, they do require protection.

  • Plastic Tarp Protectors make for a great way to extend the life of your flatbed essentials. They prevent tarps from being damaged by the sharp edges of your cargo. Additionally, they prevent the corners of the tarp from tearing or ripping through. They’re primarily used for square loads. Truckers should also remember to place Tarps on the back of your load first and the front second, to prevent damage from the wind.
  • Moving Blankets also provide an extra layer of protection. This thick, fibrous material can absorb shock and vibrations. Not to mention, it’s tear-resistant. The material can be draped directly over the cargo. That way, the tarp will slide easily over your load. Essentially, Moving Blankets can protect your cargo and tarps from the weather elements.
  • Additionally, using Bungees ensures a snug fit over the cargo. Also, they’re great for using when you fold and roll up your tarps, before storing them away.
  • Tarps are susceptible to weather damage as well. If left outside on a hot sunny day, tarps can develop UV damage. Additionally, a drop in temperature can make them brittle. In the winter, Flatbed Truckers should warm up their tarps in a cab before rolling it up. This way, they’ll be easier to apply on top of your cargo.
  • Also, Truckers should beware of water pooling in the wintertime. If moisture forms over your tarp, it can freeze overnight and tear a hole right through it.
  • It’s also a great idea to wash your tarps as well. Doing a quick rinse with dish soap will help prevent any buildup of grime.

Also Read Using Tarp Repair Tape to Extend the Life of Tarps

Tips For Maintaining Your Tie-Down Straps

Straps on Flatbed

While Tarps are an essential tool to use for the everyday Flatbed Trucker, so are straps. Mytee Products offers a wide assortment of them, including Flatbed Winch Straps and Ratchet Straps. Though, maintaining your straps should be your first order of business.

  • An easy rule of thumb to remember is to never leave your strap on your winches or sit over sharp edges. Over time the cargo will shift, which can lead to friction and eventually cut the strap.
  • Additionally, truckers can use Plastic Corners and Edge Protectors to prevent tear and wear on their straps.
  • When constantly hauling rough or sharp material, we at Mytee Products recommend truckers use the High Abrasion Straps. These thicker and coded straps are cut-resistant, making them the perfect choice for any heavy cargo.
  • Before storing away your straps, be sure to wash them thoroughly. Soaking them in dish soap water and rinsing them off can help rid of dirt and debris.
  • When you’ve finished using the material, be sure to roll up your straps and tuck them away in your toolbox. Otherwise, leaving your straps outside could destroy them in the long run.

Also Read Ratchet Straps Care and Maintenance Tips

In short, maintaining your tarps and straps is a must. Following these simple tips could really go a long way in extending the livelihood of your flatbed materials.