A PVC curtain can be a great choice for any industrial area, as it keeps out dust and debris and keeps heating and cooling inside, while also making it fast and easy for forklifts and even pedestrians to move through the doorway. As sturdy and strong as PVC doors and curtains may be, they are not indestructible. To keep yours in good repair, note a few tips and be sure you share these with your warehouse staff as well.
1. Don't tie the curtains back
If you want to open the PVC curtains completely, such as on a nice day when you want some fresh air inside your facility, roll them up rather than pushing them to one side. Pushing them to the side and then tying them can mean putting the weight of the curtains on the top of the strips, so they can start to weaken and tear.
2. Clean them regularly
You may not think of cleaning PVC curtains but if you allow dirt, chemicals, and other debris to build up on them, this can also weaken the PVC itself and allow for more tears and other damage. It's good to take the curtain down and set it flat on the ground and then hose it down or use a pressure washer for cleaning, but you can also hose them down while they're still hung in place. A soft-bristled brush with some gentle cleansers can take away a lot of that sediment and keep the curtains in good condition. Do this as often as you notice the curtains getting cloudy so nothing builds up on their surface.
3. Keep them protected
PVC can easily melt or warp when exposed to high heats, such as from welding torches. Move your welding equipment away from the curtain and be sure you opt for thick, industrial-strength strips for a smelting facility. You also want to keep curtains protected from chemicals that could damage PVC; if you're using solvents inside your facility such as for painting or sandblasting the outside of your building, cover the curtains to keep them protected or roll them up so they're not in the way.
4. Slow down traffic
Thick and heavy curtains are very rigid, so if a forklift driver runs into them at high speeds, this can cause them to crack or get torn. It's good to either swap these out for something less rigid or ensure your workers are a bit more gentle on the curtains.