TENT CARE GUIDE
When you buy a tent it is important to recognise that it requires a little TLC. Just like anything the better you look after it the longer it will last and thus the more trips you will get out of it. In time you will see that what might have initially been a considerably expensive purchase, works out to be excellent value.
Here are our tops tips for taking care of your tent…
Tent care begins from its very first use. Before you begin the task of discovering how the manufacturers managed to pack it all into such as small bag, take a moment to…
1. Give the tent a good shake out and sweep away any leftover rubbish, food or dirt out of the tent lining.
2. Wipe down any large areas that might have come into contact with mud.
3. Before you leave, double check you have all the pegs and poles you turned up with neatly pack away.
4. Make sure the inner is as dry as possible before packing away – wipe away any spills before they compress and spread in the bag..
5. Wipe down your zips and poles to stop any caked on mud rusting or eroding them.
6. If it’s chucking it down, take a mental note to dry it out thoroughly at home (remember the longer it stays wet in the bag, the longer mould and rust have to eat away at it).
CLEAN AND DRY IT
Your tent is always more likely to last longer if you’re simply able to keep it clean and dry. This step is especially important if (like many of us) you’ve had to leave the campsite in a hurry, mid down pour. But, as long as you get it back out again in your garden, garage or local park, you can still avoid the tent grave yard.
1. Pitch your tent at home and take another sweep around to remove any further dirt or debris you didn’t quite catch at the campsite.
2. For any stubborn caked on mud, tackle this with a bucket, sponge and soapy water. It’s worth giving any larger surfaces a quick wipe to make sure they’re as clean as can be. Steer clear of any concentrated detergents that may strip the outer material’s waterproof coating.
3. Check for any damage to the tent. While it’s dry and you’ve got the time use your tent care kit to attend to any tears or cuts.
4. Give it time to dry out thoroughly before packing away, bear in mind, this can take a few hours to do so.
5. If necessary, give tent poles and zips another once over with a cloth to make sure they’re free of debris and are clean and dry (to avoid rust and erosion).
Every tent needs another good lick of reproofing every now and then. Just as with waxing your car, how often you do so will depend on how often you use it.
By reproofing the outer of your tent you will maximise its waterproof properties and minimise all of the below from occurring. Most quality reproofing solutions will come with their own detailed guide on how to apply it and can usually be applied whilst the tent is wet or dry.
Signs to look out for when your tent needs reproofing.
1. Water no longer beads (forms droplets) on the surface of the outer material but instead seeps into it.
2. Water coming through the outer and dampening the inner lining of the tent.
3. Condensation building much quicker inside your tent.
You’ve packed it, got it home, cleaned it and dried it. Now before you pack it away again, take the time to check it. There’s nothing worse than driving hours on end to your chosen campsite then realising you left the tent poles at home or fiddling by torch light with tangled guy ropes. Here’s our handy check list to run through…
- Tent Pegs – Do you have all of your tent pegs?
- Zips – Running smoothly and haven’t split?
- Groundsheet – Any mould or condensation?
- Poles – Look out for cracking or broken elastic in the core and replace if needed
- Fabric – Any small tears in the inner, outer or ground sheet that could let in water?
- Seams – Any split or splitting seams?
- Guy Ropes – Knot free, tied away neatly?
Remember to store your tent in a place that will cause it no further damage or erosion. This is ideally in a dry shed or garage where it is not exposed to sunlight or where any mice might be able to take a nibble out of it.
YOUR CARE KIT
CLEANING SPONGE & BUCKET
The easiest way to remove any unwanted mud or dirt on large surfaces and tent pegs.
DUSTPAN & BRUSH
Quick and easy way to get rid of the debris that collects whilst camping.
A DRY CLOTH
For cleaning areas such as zips, poles or wiping dry pegs.
GAFFER/ DUCT TAPE
An essential item for almost any day, there is almost nothing gaffer tape cannot fix. Perfect for small tears, rips or breaks in an emergency.
Essential for ensuring your tent stays waterproof and your family stay dry for camping trips to come.
Prevent your tent’s built in ground sheet from being permeated by abrasive rocks, or it can be placed on top of the lining of your tent to stop muddy wellies, boots and dirt wearing it away.