How To Waterproof Fabric Naturally
With the convenience of modern waterproofing sprays on the market today, it’s hard to stay mindful of the impact these chemicals have on the environment. Lets uncover the best natural waterproofer below.
How to Waterproof Fabric Naturally
For those of us averse to long articles about the pro’s and cons of modern waterproofing products. A quick process synopsis will suffice.
- First, grab yourself some Canvas Wax and a hairdryer.
- Second, make sure to thoroughly clean your article before application.
- Third, rub the wax bar in even strokes across the article, making sure to create an even coating.
- Fourth, use a hairdryer to heat the canvas and continue the application process until the appearance looks even.
- Fifth, leave your article to dry in a warm dry place for 24 hours.
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What You Need to Succeed
Grab a regular paint roller, some news paper, and a heat gun. A gallon of Canvas Waterproofer is recommended.
For your safety and sanity, we require that you read all instructions and labels before use.
Plug It In
Make sure your can is placed on a dry, non-conductive surface before connecting it to your power receptacle.
Wait 25 Minutes
Monitor your waterproofer for 25 minutes as it is activated for use.
This can gets hot! Do not touch the can while heating and for 45 minutes after unplugging.
Dip your paint roller directly into the can and begin rolling it on in even strokes. Make sure your canvas is placed on a clean, flat area. Some waterproofer will soak through. It’s recommended to completely saturate the fabric. You must complete the application process within 30 minutes of heating. Re-Heating the waterproofer may be necessary. Never attempt to remove the heater.
Smooth It Out
A heat gun helps flow the waterproofer if you applied a little too much. It also helps in seams and difficult to reach corners. Hold the heat gun at least 3 inches away from the fabric while re-flowing the waterproofer.
Whats the Best Natural proofer
If you enjoy living a long, healthy life and you want to keep the environment safe for future generations, the best waterproofing spray might be bar-shaped or in the can shown above. Basically, the best nature safe waterproofer is made with natural beeswax and TYLOL from a reputable company like Hawk Tools.
Canvas Wax Ingredients:
- Beeswax: Natural beeswax has been used for centuries by English and Norwegian seafarers and explorers to waterproof clothing and sails. That said, Paraffin became a less expensive substitute at the turn of the century.
- Pine Tar: Native American peoples have been using pine rosin for centuries to waterproof canoes and clothing to great effect. It’s simply pine sap that is harvested by heating and rendering pine branches.
- HT Proprietary Blend: Hawk Tools blends its own environmentally friendly waxes and oils for the best possible weatherproofing performance. Remember, never use a blend that contains toxic thinners or PFC’s!
- TYLOL: A naturally derived compound that binds traditional fabric wax to modern synthetic fibers for the best of modern and classic weatherproofing technologies.
Are Waterproofing Sprays Safe
Messy stains and accidents will happen, and 3M has long helped us avoid these with a convenient aerosol spray. 3M Scotchgard has long been the fabric waterproofing spray of choice for your upholstery and carpets but the marketers at 3M have expanded their aerosol into products for camping gear and outerwear. Consequently, this industry stalwart can be found on store shelves worldwide, but at what cost?
Almost all new synthetic carpets, fabrics, and outerwear are treated with a stain protective layer added by the manufacturer. But, as we all know, it only takes one wash to leave you wet and out in the cold, or looking through your cupboard for that spray bottle. This maddening process is making 3M millions and making Scotchgard the number one choice of retailers. The instructions recommend re-application after every cleaning. This equates to tons of aerosol chemicals being released into the atmosphere every year. So, let’s dive into what chemicals are present in aerosol waterproofing agents. Starting with some interesting discoveries by Laurie at Hunker.
Before we learn how to waterproof fabric naturally, let’s start with some of the ingredients revealed by the 3M Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for Scotchgard.
Why Waterproof your fabric Naturally ?
Natural Fabric Weatherproofing is easily rubbed onto any synthetic or natural fiber cloth material for years of rainproof performance. For detailed instructions, check out this article about canvas wax. Unlike aerosols that contain harmful ingredients, fabric wax contains no harsh chemicals, instead, relying on nature’s finest materials for longer-lasting adhesion and abrasion resistance. Seriously, a three hundred percent increase in abrasion resistance as stated in Max Moon’s article. Additionally, fabric weatherproofer penetrates deep into fibers, saturating the material and preventing any foreign fluids or stains from getting through. Conversely, aerosol spray only coats the surface of your fabric. So, you will have to re-apply frequently and expose your lungs and skin to toxins. Finally, if you like the classic look, smell, and performance of a better kind of fabric waterproofing, check out Hawk Tools Canvas Wax.