Taking adequate care of your tent would go a long way in determining its durability. To ensure your tent lasts long, always endeavor to clean it after each usage, after which you store it away. Adopt the following techniques in order to take care of your tent.
Before You Head Out
If you have never pitched a camping tent, it’s best you practice how to do so before going out into the woods. Most often, we tend to expect outstanding products from these tent manufacturers only to get disappointed by the quality of the product we receive. This is often a result of some unfortunate inconsistencies associated with these products which usually occurs during production. Returns and repairs are pretty easy to handle from home than from a campground.
Tent Care List
These list of items are perfect for prolonging the lifespan of your tent. They also aide with repairs.
This can be defined as a groundsheet specially designed to match the tent. The tent footprint is designed to protect the bottom of tents from wet ground, sharp objects, and from reptiles. It helps to prevent tearing and dirt.
Tent footprint is an essential tent gear. However, if your tent fails to come with this item, get a standard groundsheet and have it folded or cut to fit the shape of your tent.
Duct tape also is known as gaffer tape, is an essential camping item. It is always crucial to go camping with a roll or more of this item just in case your tent needs some repair. Duck tapes are used to temporarily fix a tent until you get to a point where you can comfortably have it repaired.
Dust Pan and Brush
These set of essential cleaning tools are used to clean the tent of debris and other unwanted materials. You would want to take care of your tent, and you would wish it lasts long, thus making sure that it is free from debris, sharp and unwanted objects should your utmost concern.
After making use of your tent for a couple of times, you would want to ensure it isn’t leaking. Do this by reproofing it.
Seam sealant is a glue-like substance that aids to quickly fix torn taped seams. Kindly note that if your stitching is broken, water can find its way into your tent.
Packing your tent
Its manufacturer uniquely designs each tent; however, all tents have similar pitching techniques. If after learning the basics of how to set up a tent, here are a couple of tips on how to ensure your tent is adequately packed.
- Make sure the internal layer of the tent is free from stone, dust, and debris.
- Air your tent for some days before storing it away.
- When you are ready to pack your tent, partially zip its doors giving room for air to leave the tent.
- Do not pull, rather push your tent poles out of its sleeves before folding them
- Place the peg and pole bag on top of your tent, and start rolling it tightly
Tie the tent and pop it back into its bag.
How to dry a wet tent
It’s imperative to ensure that your tent is not stored wet. When tents are stored wet, there is a higher percentage of it developing faults. Below are essential tips on how to dry a damp tent.
- Wipe your tent clean from dirt and debris
- Shake off water from your tent, and clean it dry with a clean cloth.
- Ensure you properly air your tent by setting it up in dry weather or by spreading it out in a line. This will prevent your tent from developing any form of disgusting smell.
- Avoid using harsh detergent when cleaning your tent; instead, make use of mild soap. After cleaning, spread it out to dry.
- Avoid spreading your tent in front of any unnatural heat source as this could easily damage it. Leave it dry naturally.
Storing your tent
Storing your tent without taking adequate care, could lead to its damage. Adhere by these simple rules to elongate your tent’s lifespan.
- Avoid storing your tent when it is still wet
- Store your tent in a cool, dry place.
- Always place your tent flat as resting it on its end could damage its poles.
Once a tent has been used on multiple occasions, and in varying weather conditions, it needs to be reproofed. This is because there is a higher probability of it letting water in.
Before reproofing your tent, look out for the following:
- Does it hold back water instead of letting it off?
- Does your tent leak?
Tent reproof is easy to use with directives on how to use it written on the tent container.