Tuesday, 4 March 2014

How long will they last? (Or, How to look after your Banners!)

It’s getting to that point in the year again.

The Sun is beginning to slowly, after all that rain, tentatively show itself and spear shafts of light through trees and between buildings.
Enough of all that. What we know is that the outdoor event season will very soon be upon us and we all want it to go as smoothly as possible.

This means for some of us, checking our event equipment to make sure it’s all in good working order.
It’s no different for us and our Flying, Wing and Feather banners. With a little bit of TLC and attention, these will last for still more years to come.

Let’s walk you through some of the checks and small servicing tasks that need to be done.

Firstly, the printed fabric.

Were these last put away in a dry condition? If not, get them out, layout on a flat surface and check that the print is ok and that there is no ink transfer. (if there is, that will be a live with it or, get a new fabric. Sorry!) If just a bit grubby/muddy/slightly mildew they can be washed at 40 degrees on a quick gentle cycle, medium spin.

If you don’t have to do any of this then check around the fabric for any loose threads and that there are no holes, especially in the banding that takes the poles. If there are any here, they’ll have been caused by the band rubbing on another surface so a repeat of this is to be avoided. Smaller than a pole tip they can be stitched. Bigger and it’ll be a new fabric.
         Rolling up a banner fabric & pole set               Banner & poles in their bag
Now the Hardware.

Firstly, make sure you have a full compliment of parts. If you’re unsure, contact us and we’ll let you know what you had and when. Our records go back more than 10 years and we often get called on to use them!

For stakes and any rotating spindle, after cleaning off any caked on mud, make sure they still rotate. A little oil will not go amiss in the bearing and some grease/Vaseline around the base and underside of the spindle will minimise any water getting in.  If necessary, replacements for these items are always in stock as they tend to get ‘lost’ many times more than they are bent or broken!

For pole sets, make sure there are no cracks or breaks that will prevent them being used to full effect. We can replace (as stated in a previous blog) any individual pole section.

Where the poles join together, this method of fixing is a tapered friction joint. The male section should be lightly rubbed down with very fine sandpaper or emery cloth, once a year, to stop them sticking.
Lightly rub the pole joint with fine sandpaper or emery cloth
So, once you done these cursory checks and servicing, you’re ready to for another season. Good Luck.

If you’ve got any top tips that work for you, please share them too. Thanks.

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