Whether you’re a new wall tent owner or are considering the prospect, understanding the tent maintenance and upkeep necessary is something you’ll definitely want to know about. That’s why we’ve created this blog post, to give you an overview of the kinds of upkeep required to enjoy the benefits of a quality, large, wall tent from Davis Tent for many years to come.
One of the biggest factors in keeping your walled tent operational for the long-haul is keeping it clean. Of course, there’s all sorts of mud, clay, dirt, and debris that can get all over your tent in the various environments you may be using it, and it can be all-too-easy to just pack up and put it into storage without proper cleaning, particularly because you usually don’t have the convenience of a hose to wash it off before packing it up.
Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s critical to clean your tent before storing it, because long-term exposure to various contaminants can contribute to faster deterioration. To do so, use a soft brush with mild detergent and normal garden hose, when you get home.
Although our tents are made of extremely tough material, it may not have occurred to you that UV exposure does contribute to acceleration of wear and tear. To avoid this, it’s a good idea to use a tent fly to provide shade over your tent, and thereby prevent the slow decay of UV exposure. This is true not only in Summer, but in Winter, as well.
Your primary heat concerns with a walled tent are with stoves and lanterns. Keep these heat sources away from your canvas, using the proper stove jack and placing lanterns away from the canvas.
Your choice of where you set up your tent can also help to preserve it, by avoiding trees which tend to drip resin, which can dry on the canvas and contribute to wear and tear, and also by avoiding potential falling branches and high winds, all of which contribute to the tent entropy.
Be sure to always allow your tent to properly dry before storing, and ensure it stays dry in storage, and if you ever do have a mildew problem, don’t use bleach to clean your tent!
The main consideration with zippers is to avoid placing stress on the zippers by trying to put the tent over it’s frame while zipped. Always unzip the tent completely to put it on the frame, and then zip it only after it’s completely in place.
Your tent storage should always be dry, and should not have wide temperature fluctuations. It’s also a good idea to use big plastic containers, to avoid insects or rodents from burrowing in the tent and causing damage.
The bottoms of the legs where they make contact with the ground are a prime location where decay is likely to occur. Ensure that you use, maintain, and when necessary, replace the rubber leg bottom covers, to avoid moisture and other factors from damaging your tent leg bottoms.
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