Regardless of the price or quality of the tent, the lack of maintenance will reduce the service life. In order to prolong the life of the tent and give full play to its functions, in addition to paying attention to the details of use, it is also necessary to properly clean it after use, and remedy the problem in time.
There are generally two aspects to maintaining tents: correct use outdoors and indoor care.
Precautions for outdoor use
In the outdoor environment, the correct use of the tent can prevent it from suffering unnecessary damage. The specific points are as follows:
Camping spot selection - When camping, try to choose a smooth and flat ground, clean up small sharp objects on the ground, such as pine cones, stone chips, branches and other objects that may damage the fabric and coating. Some national parks will set up campsites with treated grounds to protect the tents while avoiding excessive impact on the environment.
Use Floor Mats - Floor mats can reduce wear and tear by preventing the bottom of the tent from directly touching the ground; another benefit is keeping the bottom of the tent clean and dry. Floor mats are often made of relatively wear-resistant and thick materials to form a protective layer between the tent and the ground.
Internal cleaning - When entering the interior of the tent, put the boots outside or in the hallway to prevent debris from being brought in, which can not only reduce the cleaning burden, but also prevent the moisture in the boots from causing condensation in the tent. Make the most of the space in the foyer.
Avoid exposure to the sun - the mesh inner tent of many tents is made of nylon, which will reduce the service life when encountering strong ultraviolet rays. Therefore, it is best not to use the inner tent alone in the hot sun, and the outer tent should also be built, because many outer tents are waterproof. The layer is UV resistant. Pay special attention to this when camping on the beach. Only using the inner tent for ventilation will reduce the life of the inner tent.
Correct storage - When the tent is stored, starting from the middle can best reduce the damage of the tent. The tent poles should be collected one by one to avoid collisions as much as possible. Many aluminum poles have strong flexibility, although they are not easy to fold, they are easy to bend. When folding the tent, don't follow the previous creases, as this may make the tent sheet weak in the long run. After folding the tent, roll the pole in the middle for easy storage.
Indoor maintenance matters
After the outdoor activities, the tent should be properly maintained in time, including the following:
Cleaning - The tent will inevitably produce dirt after outdoor use, but the washing machine cannot be used for cleaning, because the stirring of the washing machine will cause the waterproof layer to fall off, and the traditional washing powder and detergent will also destroy the waterproof coating, which is not suitable for cleaning tents.
Drying - Moisture will damage the waterproof layer, which will cause the waterproof layer to fall off in severe cases. The tent needs to be air-dried in a dry place naturally. Exposure and drying will damage the coating and fabric. Wet tents will cause mildew on the fabric, which not only destroys the appearance, but also damages the waterproof coating. At the same time, the mildew cannot be removed, and only special toiletries can be used to prevent it from spreading to the entire tent.
Glue brushing - For tents sewn with expansion threads, there will be no problem of the waterproof layer falling off, but it is necessary to brush glue on the joint after use to enhance its waterproof performance in heavy rain.
Waterproof recovery and UV protection - the scouring of rainwater will reduce the water-repellent ability of the outer tent, and water can also damage the fabric through the seams; UV rays are harmful to the fabrics of most tents. In theory, two weeks of UV exposure will cause The fabric loses half its strength, so regular use of a care agent to restore its water resistance and UV resistance is also a good way to maintain it.
Post time: Sep-03-2022