Tent Care Guide

Follow these simple steps to make sure your home under canvas lasts for the many years of adventures it was built for.

Pack It

Caring for your tent begins after its first use. We recommend using a footprint or groundsheet underneath your tent to protect its built-in groundsheet from being worn away.

 

Before you pack your tent up and leave the site, follow these steps:

 

1. Give the tent a good shake out and sweep any dirt out of the tent lining.

 

2. Wipe down any large areas that might have come into contact with mud.

 

3. Double check you have all the pegs and poles you turned up with neatly packed 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.

Clean It

It may seem excessive, but when you get home, pitch your tent in the garden or spread it out somewhere like a garage, then follow these steps to thoroughly clean it:

 

1. Take another sweep around to remove any further dirt or debris you didn’t catch at the campsite.
 

2. Wipe over all surfaces and tackle stubborn mud with soapy water and a sponge. Use a mild detergent to prevent damage to the outer material’s waterproof coating.

3. Give it time to dry out thoroughly before packing away, bearing in mind this can take a few hours.

 

4. Check for any damage to the tent. While it’s dry and you’ve got the time, use your tent care kit (or duct tape, for a temporary fix) to attend to any tears or cuts.
 

5. If necessary, give tent poles and zips another quick clean and leave them to fully dry to avoid rust and erosion.

Reproof It

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Every tent will need reproofing occasionally to maintain its waterproofness and breathability, and how often you need to reproof will depend on how often you use it. These are the signs that your tent needs reproofing:

 

1. Water seeping into the outer material instead of beading on the surface

 

2. Water dampening the inner lining of the tent

 

3. Condensation building much quicker inside your tent

Check It

Finally, before packing your tent away, do some final checks to make sure everything is ready for your next trip. 

  1. Tent Pegs – are they all there?

  2. Zips – do they run smoothly and haven’t split?

  3. Groundsheet – any mould or condensation?

  4. Poles – is the elastic in the core free from cracks and breaks?

  5. Fabric – are there any tears or rips?

  6. Seams – any split or splitting seams?

  7. Guy Ropes – are they knot free and tied away neatly?

Store It

Store your tent in a dry place where it won't be damaged, exposed to sunlight or eaten by creatures! A shed or garage is usually a great choice, but a gear wardrobe or spare room can work as well.