Camping is on of many American favorite pastimes. From weekend family camping trips to long-term military camping. Many people still use canvas tents for their camping experience. These tents make a great shelter for camping. They will last a very long time and with proper maintenance they will last decades.
Most tent manufactures supply instruction on basic maintenance for their tents. However, if your like most of us, the instruction booklet has long disappeared. So some basic care instructions will help you along your way to cleaning and maintaining your tent.
First immediately after purchase it is recommended to set up the tent to be sure all the pieces are there. Make sure there are no rips, tears, holes, and that the zippers work effectively. If you wish to apply extra water proofing now would be the time. It is not necessary, however, many people like the extra protection while camping.
Next, you want to soak the tent with water. We do this for two reasons;
1. To ensure the tent is fully waterproof.
2. Many canvas tents are larger than the frame and after the first time they get wet, they shrink to the appropriate size.
Allow your tent to completely dry and then pack it back up appropriately.
Cleaning your tent will ensure that your tent will last a very long time and will prevent mold and mildew from growing when your tent is stored. After a camping trip, unfold your tent and you might even set it back up or hang it up. Next, take a soft bristle brush and sweep any derbies off of the material that you are able to. Take a hose and wash the tent, you might also scrub the material if necessary. Once the tent is clean, let it dry. When it is completely dry then fold it up and store it for next time. Make sure the brush you use is soft. Canvas is treated for the waterproofing and a hard brush may ruin the treatment.
Obviously, your tent should be completely dry to prevent mold and mildew. Even the smallest amount of moisture can grow mold and it will spread very quickly. Another important suggestion to remember is making sure that the tent is protected from rodents while in storage. Mice can and will get in your tent if they have the ability. It is an ideal breeding ground for rodents and will gnaw holes all aver your tent to make room for their young. Off the ground and completely protected and wrapped up is the best solution.
We hope your camping experience is a grand one and that you found some great solutions for canvas tent maintenance.
Chris Reynolds is an avid camper for 30+ years. To find more information on tent maintenance and great deals on camping products go to www.2mantentsale.com.