Make an effective impermeable wall tapestry (2 Methods for both natural or synthetic fabric)
Waterproofed wall tapestry resists liquid infiltration, causing water to bead up instead of soaking in, its enhance the tapestry lifetime making it moisture resistant, and can be very useful in some parts of the world.
For delicate cotton fabrics, waterproofing liquid is the best choice; denim, canvas and heavier cotton tapestries benefit from wax.
Both options need occasional touch-ups to maintain water resistance.
Spray-on Water Repellant:
- Spread out a canvas drop cloth on a flat surface outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Lay the tapestry on top and smooth out any wrinkles
- Shake a spray can or pump-spray bottle of liquid waterproofer for fabrics to mix the materials.
- Find an inconspicuous area on the tablecloth for a patch test, such as a 1-inch spot near a corner, and spray waterproofing liquid on the spot. If the test area darkens undesirable, do not treat the tapestry.
- Dab the test area with a white paper towel or rag. If color transfers to the towel, the tapestry is not color-fast and you shouldn't treat it with waterproofing.
- Spray a light, even coat of waterproofing over the tapestry after determining that the fabric won't darken or transfer color. Use a back-and-forth motion as if applying spray paint, but don’t soak the fabric through. With a trigger-action pump-spray bottle, squeeze the trigger repeatedly while spraying to distribute the liquid evenly.
- Let the tapestry rest undisturbed until dry. If the waterproofing manufacturer recommends it, apply a second coat.
- Flip over the tapestry and apply 1-2 coats to the back side.
Fabric Waterproofing Wax:
- Spread out a cotton drop cloth on a flat surface such as a hard floor or table. A plastic drop cloth is unsuitable for this project. Lay the tapestry on the drop cloth.
- Press a block of fabric waterproofing wax against the tapestry and drag the block across the surface. Pressing hard is unnecessary, and can cause flaked wax.
- Apply wax over the whole tapestry, overlapping areas to ensure coverage.
- Plug in and turn on a hair dryer to its medium-heat setting.
- Hold the hairdryer approximately 12 inches away from the tapestry. Apply hot air back and forth across the surface until the wax seeps into the fabric.
Things You Will Need
Canvas drop cloth
1 can or bottle spray-on fabric water repellant
White paper towel or rag
1 block fabric waterproofing wax
Always perform the patch test before applying any waterproofing.
Waterproofing wax protects fabric by soaking into the fibers, which darkens the material. Wax is best suited for heavy, natural-fiber tapestry where waterproofing is more important than retaining the original appearance of the fabric.
Drenching fabric with liquid waterproofer can cause flaking as the material dries.
Polyester wall tapestry is water resistant and doesn't lose their colors, but waterproof treatment can enhance their resistance, and make a liquid to bead up: it can be a great help to convert it to a picnic blanket!
Hope you will enjoy this and use your wall tapestry at 100% every day with great pleasure.
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