Campaigns are often very unpredictable. You can plan your route carefully in advance, collect the best equipment, and see the weather forecast. However, there is always a chance that your equipment may suffer from a variety of factors. Today we’ll talk about how to store a tent.
A tent is the most important element of any camping trip. It is your temporary home, which will be a shelter from bad weather, insects. It will keep you warm. After constant use, it really needs a careful care. So that next spring you can use your old favorite tent. You need to clean it, dry it well and fold it correctly for wintering.
How to store the tent?
No matter how clean and tidy as the tourist you are, your tent can always get contaminated due to weather conditions. If you want to preserve its protective properties, then cleaning is a mandatory ritual.
The easiest way to clean patches
Spread the tent on asphalt or grass, thoroughly wash the fabric and all corners with a sponge and soapy water. After cleaning, rinse the tent in clean water until there are no traces of soapy water on it. For greater convenience, I recommend that you use a shower. A stream of water can thoroughly rinse all areas of the tent.
How to store a tent in severe pollution?
Often we notice stubborn dirt and stains from wood tar only after the first stage of washing the tent. These are very unpleasant finds, but they can be dealt with.
How to remove resin from the fabric surface of the tent:
- Wait until the resin is completely dry;
- Attach a piece of ice to the tar spot on the wrong side of the tent;
- The frozen resin will become brittle enough to be removed by hand. Just rub it with your nails.
What you should not do when cleaning:
- Don’t scrape cured resin with knitting needles or knives. It is likely that you will tear the fabric or scratch off the protective water-repellent layer;
- Don’t use solvents to remove wood tar. They can damage the tent fabric. Due to damage, the tissue site may lose its water-repellent properties.
If you want to properly care for the tent, then remember that it is worth drying after each trip. If you remove the wet tent immediately into the case or bag, then after a while it can become moldy and get an unpleasant musty smell. In addition, traces of mold are very difficult to remove, due to the fact that the fungus is strongly eaten into the tissue.
Some tips on how to store a tent
Tent drying in a large garage or garden:
- View the weather forecast and select the sunniest and driest day;
- Lay out the tent on grass or pavement;
- Unfasten all pockets, zippers, windows and nets (it is necessary to provide the tent with good ventilation);
- Leave the tent to dry in the sun and fresh air.
Remember that the cover also requires thorough drying. Turn it inside out and put it next to the tent. If you put a dry tent in a wet case, then you will never get any effect or benefit!
If you have little space in the yard or in the house
In such a situation, it is best to dry the tent, disassembling it into its component parts. If you remove the net or some parts of the tent, then immediately unfasten them and hang around. Also, the tent can be hung on a clothesline, securing its elements with clothespins.
Don’t forget about the cover. In this case, the principle is the same: a dry tent and a wet cover – mold on the fabric.
Always take store a tent
Many tourists do not always understand that a tent is as important as clothes or shoes. Proper maintenance of this element of equipment will help you save money on the constant replacement of awnings due to moldy fabric.
The appearance of mold in the tent is an alarming sign. In such a shelter is not only unpleasant, but also unsafe. Fungal spores can enter your nose, causing an allergic reaction or causing various diseases.
To make your stay comfortable and enjoyable, keep an eye on the quality of your equipment and its cleanliness. This is especially important when you go camping with children. A fragile children’s body is more susceptible to disease than an adult. it is unlikely that you would like your daughter or son to return from a trip with an allergy or a cold.