How Do You Waterproof Your Tapestry?

March 14, 2019

How Do You Waterproof Your Tapestry?-Leafy Souls Vegan Blog Post

Do you have kids or animals in your home? Are you worried about investing in a fabric to hang on your wall that will just get ruined minutes after displaying it?

Transforming bare walls with tapestries like this one is a great idea, but you need to make sure that you can keep them clean and easily wash them. Waterproofing your tapestry is a great idea to keep them safe and to better maintain them.

In this article, we will go through two ways of waterproofing your tapestry making them kid and animal-friendly.

If you have ever seen waterproofed fabric or materials, you will know that instead of the water soaking into the item it actually forms beads or little bubbles of water that rests on the fabric. Is your fabric delicate and made out of cotton? Then you will need to invest in waterproofing liquid that you can find in most DIY stores.

Benefits of Liquid Waterproofing

“Liquid waterproofing is the process of making a surface or object water resistant in given conditions by applying a liquid coating to it. The liquid coatings, whether single-or multiple-component, are easy to apply and provide long-lasting protection to metals, wood, concrete, and other surfaces.”

Liquid waterproofing has become a popular trend and a widely-used protection method against corrosion of metals, rotting of wood, fading of paints and other forms of deterioration caused by water. It is easy to apply using a brush, roller or sprayer; it provides a smooth and seamless coating to your object and unlike most repairs that require preparation before applying extra substances, the waterproof liquid only requires you to give a quick clean to your object beforehand.

Liquid waterproofing is important not only to preserve the value of properties but also the safety of the people living in the unprotected properties. We all know how frustrating excess water can be and the damage it can cause. Dampness from water generates the growth of mildew and harmful bacteria.

Waterproof Wax

For heavier fabrics such as denim, canvas and thick cotton, then wax may be your waterproof tool of choice. Beeswax is a great natural substance to use. Clean your item first. Once this is done, heat the wax and the fabric just a little bit - this will make it easier to apply the wax to the fabric. You can heat them with a hair dryer or leave it out in the sun for a few minutes. The fabric should not be too hot or the wax too melted.

Start to apply and rub the beeswax in all directions of the fabric making sure to get everywhere. If you have seems or tough places to reach, use the corner of the wax piece. With your hands, spread the wax so that it goes all over the fabric evenly.

Heat your tapestry again with the hairdryer for about five minutes allowing the wax to melt into it. Your fabric will become a little darker - something to keep in mind before starting this process!

Check that there are no lumps of wax on your fabric. If you find any, simply use your fingers to rub it down and smooth it out. Once finished, leave your tapestry in a cool, dry place for 24 hours so that the wax can cure. You will notice that the fabric is a bit stiffer than before. This is normal, and it will soften after time.


Waterproofing Sprays

 Waterproofing sprays are great for fabrics made out of nylon, canvas, and leather. First, as before, clean the fabric if it is dirty. If it cannot be washed, used a brush and scrub lightly. Make sure that your fabric is dry before you start to waterproof it. The spray is intended to repel water and will not work if the fabric is not 100% dry.

In a well-ventilated area - for example, outside - hold the spray can 7-8 inches away from the fabric and start to cover it. Make sure to put on goggles or gloves in case you have sensitive skin or allergies.Wait for the spray to fry and apply another coat.


Using Linseed Oil

Linseed oil or jojoba oil (lighter than linseed) is another great way to waterproof your fabric. Like every other step, make sure that you clean your fabric. Choose a well-ventilated area because linseed oil can be pretty pungent and you may not want the smell lingering in your home. Choose a day or an open space where there is not so much wind. Wind will carry dust particles that will stick to your fabric.

Stretch the fabric,  attach it to a frame and secure it with clips. If your frame is not big enough, you will have to do the process in steps. Apply a large amount of oil all over the fabric. Don’t worry if you think you are doing too much, the excess oil will be wiped away. You can apply the oil with a paintbrush (not from camel hair) or a large cloth. Wait 30 second then clean the excess. Let it dry and after 24 hours, repeat the process.

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