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Taking care of the workplace and its equipment is key to maintaining a safe working environment. This is especially true in the case of PVC strip curtains. Although PVC strip curtains are manufactured with durability in mind, they will become damaged over time with traffic passing through them. This can be problematic when you think about what type of traffic passes through the curtains.
The Health and Safety Executive, in its article' Maintenance of Work Equipment', "PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations), requires that: "all work equipment be maintained in an efficient state, in efficient order and good repair". This blog post will explain how to ensure your PVC strip curtains are maintained to a good standard and provide longer-lasting usefulness to your workplace.
The first step to ensuring your PVC curtains are long-lasting is to choose the most suitable type for your workplace. At Strip Curtains Direct, we have a wide range of different PVC materials to suit your workplace. Whether it be Anti-Static Material strip curtains for server rooms, Anti-Microbial strip curtains for the healthcare sector or Polar Grade Curtains for cold storage facilities, Strip Curtains Direct can fulfil your workplace needs.
Often in these industries, it will simply be pedestrian traffic passing through. However, traffic can vary from pedestrian to heavy-duty in a warehouse or the industrial sector, such as forklift trucks. In these instances, Heavy-Duty or Double Ribbed curtains may be required as they are more suited to this type of traffic. As the ribs absorb the impact of what is passing through them before the rest of the curtain, the flat part will remain in better condition for a more extended period. This is highly beneficial when vehicles pass through the curtains, as it means the curtain will not absorb the full impact and possibly be damaged that it could if, say, Standard Grade PVC was used instead.
Another aspect of maintaining PVC curtains to secure a longer life is to ensure that the correct length is used on the chosen opening. If the curtain does not match the size of the opening, it can catch and be torn or pulled open and become stretched, in turn compromising the strength of the material. It is vital to ensure the opening measurements are correct and that the PVC curtains are used to match these openings.
Finally, an essential aspect of ensuring that PVC curtains last is maintaining and caring for them properly. This will involve inspecting the curtains for damage and scratches. It will often appear that the curtain may be damaged when the curtains may need cleaning. This process will involve simply wiping down the strips or soaking them to remove any deep-seated dirt that washing the curtains will lift. Repeating this process regularly over the lifetime of the curtain will ensure they last as long as possible.