Q & A Section
Q. What is canvas?
A. Canvas is an extremely heavy-duty plain woven fabric used for making sails, tents, marquees, backpack, and other items for which sturdiness is required. It is also used in such objects as roller blinds, tents, canopies and even industrial seat covers. Normally 100% from the cotton plant and nowadays mixed with polyesters and other man-made fibers to give them durability, waterproofness and strength in harsh environments.
Q. What material should I use for seat covers?
A We highly recommend our latest seat cover material, developed specifically for automobiles. It is a polyester/acrylic blend and tends to last longer, fade less, and is more spill resistant than our traditional cotton seat cover material. It is a lightweight, material with UV protector in it and purpose built for seat covers. We also use the popular cotton canvas material, which people tend to prefer it for breathability. For industrial applications where heavy wear is expected, there is another option, Ripstop canvas, which is very strong, waterproof, although doesn't breath very well.
Q. What is the best material for making a tent and can you make this for me?
A. Heavy duty Ripstop canvas is a preferred material for this application. We have been making tents with this for over 15 years and can quote if you want us to make it. We have a multitude of tent shapes and sizes to work from, both for personal tents and also for industrial tent applications used in the military, disaster relief, large scale social functions, temporary buildings, wilderness camps etc.
Q. I see you now supply 4x4 products?
A. Yes, we believe the 4x4 market can complement our expertise in canvas, essentially marrying the 'hard' wear with the 'soft' wear to give you a complete solution for your outdoor pursuits.
Q. What kind of 4x4 products do you carry and do you have stock?
A. We carry a range of products for most newer 4x4 vehicles, from Ford, Toyota, Isuzu, Mahindra, Nissan, Jeep, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Iveco and Landrover. We have bull bars, winches, rear bumpers, recovery gear, suspension systems etc.
Q. What kind of support do I get when I buy the LAS line of accessories?
A. We do fitment and sell the entire product line, plus if there are any warranty issues, LAS is located next door to us in South Africa and offer the best warranties in the business. They develop and engineer their own line completely and have great follow up support through their dealer network, including the support you have from us on sorting through that with you if you have any problems.
Q. Can I distribute your goods and be a stockist?
A. We are open to opportunities, please contact and we can discuss.
Q. Can your items be shipped?
A. Yes – please email us your order and we can recommend a courier for you to arrange pick-up and delivery independently.
Q. Can you design and build something custom for me?
A. Yes we can do our best, although come prepared with the design and dimensions involved. If this is something remote and you need us to come out to measure, there will be service charges billed as we would be taking away from our current jobs to assist in doing the measurements for you.
Q. What is the best way to get a fast quote over the phone?
A. We've all got mobile phones or children with mobile phones. Email us a picture so we can get a visual and we will give you an idea straight away if we can do it, although working out the cost will take a bit more time as we have to measure the material and time involved.
Q.. I am uncomfortable finishing my sale 'online'. I would like to touch and feel the canvas products before I shop online, how can you help me?
A. Our new factory/retail outlet is open from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (Fridays we close at 4) so you are welcome visit us.
Q Was your company previously located in the Dumela Industrial area?
A. Yes, although we are now located at 1536 Mabuasehube Street in the Light Industrial Area in a new location, between Sharps Electrical and Francistown Panel beaters.
Q. How much does Cotton Canvas shrink?
A. Depending on the weight, but allow 3 to 4% shrinkage.
Q. How do I wash my cotton canvas seat covers?
A. Seat coves should be washed in cold water with mild detergent, then hung dry in the shade. They should be installed just before they are completely dry, as they will install easier and dry to shape.
Q. How do I care for my Ripstop Canvas tent or Ripstop Canvas product?
A. New canvas tents should be thoroughly wetted before first use and dried completely. Soap or detergents should not be used on the canvas, and only be cleaned with cold water and gently brushing. After washing, the tent must be completely dry before folding it away or storing. Do not expose the tent to chemicals; i.e. no petrol, oil or solvents. The zips can be brushed to clean the sand and dust out and prior to first use, rub candle over the zippers to keep the zipper working well and inhibit dust getting into the teeth of the zipper.
Q. What are the roll lengths of canvas?
A. Most canvas and PVC lengths are between 40 m to 50 m long, and either come in widths of 1.5m, 1.8m or 3.0 m depending on the product.
Q. What thickness of foam do you use?
A. A. Depending on the application or customer preference, anywhere from 10mm to 125mm.
Q. How do I place and order?
A. Easy, from our website, add things to your shopping cart and follow the prompts to input your information.
Q. How can I pay?
A. We accept cash, Electronic Fund Transfer or Bank Transfers, or you can swipe in our store.
Q. Do you ship internationally?
A. Of course, anything is possible. Email us your request and we assist in helping you arrange the shipping.
Q. Do you have social media tools where we can see what is going on?
A. Yes, see our Facebook page, google 'The Jolly Bushman Botswana' and subscribe/like for regular updates and news.
Q. Do you have retail store?
A. Yes, you are welcome to visit the factory/retail outlet.