A reasonable quality tent will last a lot longer if cleaned at the end of each season or after a particularly dirty camping trip. It's also a good time to spot any small holes or tears that may need repairing. Plus it will give you a nice feeling when you pull your clean tent out at the start of the next season to see it in such great condition.
Normally before rolling up and packing our tent away we just shake out and dirt and sand, but now and again (usually after each camping season) it will need a decent clean. DON'T STORE YOUR TENT AWAY WET. DON'T USE A CLOTHES WASHER OR TUMBLE DRYER!
Photo by Laura Kennedy
The zips that move up and down need some lubricate to stop them wearing. There's nothing worse than a fully intact tent but the zippers are broken!
Use a product such as McNett Zip Tech Semi-Solid Zipper Lubricant, 1/2-Ounce to keep them lubricated. If you want a short term alternate while you're away camping then try a small amount of soap or candle wax on the zippers. Due to the sensitive materials used in tent making it's a good idea NOT TO USE ANY OIL SOURCED LUBRICANTS. If you find the zip slider (the bit that goes up and down) is not working properly then try gently sqeezing the corners as shown in the video below with some pliers or vice grips.
If you happen to pack you tent up when it's raining or wet, then as soon as you get home unpack it and drape over some furniture or pitch it where it can dry out.
Make sure your tent is is stored in a dry place. Spending a few minutes after each camping trip will ensure your tents lasts a long time and saves you money but not having to buy another.
Make sure your tent is is stored in a dry place.
Spending a few minutes after each camping trip will ensure your tents lasts a long time and saves you money but not having to buy another.
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