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Want to get the most out of your tent? Here are some useful tent maintenance tips to help you.
Whether you have had your tent for a couple of years or you just bought it brand new, you might be thinking about getting the most out it. We wrote some tips to help you maintaining your tent.
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Before unpacking your tent, check where you are placing it. Clear the ground and make sure it is clear from anything sharp like rocks. Choose a flat even spot which won’t be exposed to sunlight for long.
After finding the right spot for you tent, you can start unpacking and placing it. During the set-up make sure you are gentle. Try to avoid forcing the zipper or stepping with your boots inside the tent or on the footprint.
Done with your camping? Time to pack your tent: Make sure it is dry and clean. If the weather is not suitable, pack it as dry as possible and make sure to dry it once at home also try to empty the tent of dirt. If you have poles which are connected by an elastic cord, break the poles down from the middle. In this way the cord does not have too much peak tension, which may cause it to break sooner rather than later. Last tip for your packing, when you are packing your tent roll it up instead of stuffing it.
Once at home you can set-up your tent again to finish the cleaning. If you were not able to store the tent dry then this is the moment where you can fully dry it. In fact, drying a tent before storing is one of the most important aspects of maintaining it. Wet spots can cause mildew which harms the waterproofing of your tent and can cause a musty smell.
If your tent has cuts or holes you can fix that with several tools. When your tent allows moist to sip through the seams you can re-seal them with seam sealer. Did the tent start to flake from the inside? This means your tent needs to be recoated. For that there are also numeral products available. When the coating starts smelling and becomes sticky it is time to find a new rainfly and when the floor is not waterproof again you should start looking for a new tent.
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