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Tent Care

Taking care of your tent is simple and you should take a little time to care for it once in a while to make sure your tent offers many years of reliable service.

Seal your seams
A new tent should be treated with seam sealer to fully waterproof untaped seams. Some people even apply sealer to taped seams, just to make sure. The seam sealer may be re-applied occasionally or if the tent leaks.
 
Know how to pitch your tent
Practice the set-up of your tent before you get stuck with it on a dark and rainy evening. If you know how to do it, you avoid unnecessary damage to the fabric, the guy lines or the poles. If your tent is brand new, you will also find out whether the tent is in factory condition and whether something is missing.
 
Dry and vent your tent before packing it
After each trip, vent your tent for one or two days to make sure it is dry and odourless. If you detect any mildew on the surface, wash it gently with warm water, but avoid chemicals or detergent as this can harm the fabric and/or its waterproof coating. If the mildew got into the material, you should contact the manufacturer to find out what can be done. If your tent is wet and you need to pack it in a hurry before getting back on the road, make sure to hang it out as soon as you can!
 

Packing your tent
The tent stuff sack isn’t called a "stuff sack" without a reason. So there is no need to fold it into a geometrically perfect package. Take the sack, put in the poles, then the fly and then the tent body. The order is important, because you will need it this way when unpacking and pitching it the next time. In a storm, you won’t want to sort out things first… Always store the tent in a mild, dry environment, as high temperatures tend to damage fabric coatings.
 
Carry a "first aid kit" for your tent
No matter how careful you are, you may experience damage to your tent while on the trail. It makes sense to care a small and light repair kit with patches for tears and cuts as well as some duc tape for broken poles. The duc tape might come in handy on other occasions, too. An extra guy line and a couple extra and light pegs are not a bad idea either.
 
Vent your tent at night
Make sure you ventilate your tent while using it. Even in cold nights, the ventilation flaps should be opened to avoid that your breath and sweat turns into moisture that condensates on the inside of your tent.
 
Keep the tent floor in good condition
For best results, shake out your tent floor every morning. Do not sweep or wipe it, because this gradually destroys the coating. Also, avoid any sharp objects that may cut or tear the tent floor. An extra ground sheet protects the tent floor from damage but also increases the pack weight and size. It is mainly recommended for very thin floors and when camping on very rough underground.
 

Zipper Care
If there are any loose threads on your zips, keep them trimmed. It is also important to keep the zippers free from dirt. To keep them smooth and clean, you can spray them periodically with silicone spray designed for fabrics. If a zipper jams, be gentle when you try to fix it, because once a zipper breaks, there are not a lot of do-it-yourself options left – except contacting the manufacturer.
 
Pole Care
When you store your tent at home, leave the poles completely or partly assembled. To protect tent poles and to keep the segments sliding easily, apply a light coat of lubricant regularly. If the poles were exposed to salt air, wash them properly in fresh water and air-dry to prevent corrosion.
 
General tips
  • Never store food in the tent, as there is a chance of animals tearing their way into the tent.
  • When the tent is wet, avoid pushing, pressing or even touching the outer tent material in any way. This will damage the waterproof coating and allow water to enter the material.
  • Avoid the use of candles, matches, or open flames of any kind in or near a tent.

McKINLEY TENT PROOF LIQUID 1000

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