Camping tents serve as your home outdoors. They protect you from harsh weather conditions and act as a great shelter. Camping tent does a lot for campers but many of them neglect to take care of their tent. In order to keep camping tents in better condition, here are some tips:
- Do not take hard-sole hiking boots inside your tent unless you are in hurry. Hiking boots can damage your tent easily.
- Stains and rips are often seen on walls and roofs of camping tents. If you see any stain on your tent, remove it immediately. Similarly try to sew up any tears as soon as you notice them.
- You should never pack a wet or dirty tent because it can lead to fungus which will destroy your tent.
- Insecticides and hair sprays should not be used on or near tents as chemical in these sprays can destroy tent fabric which may cause leakage.
- Do not use hard detergents to wash tents. Neither a tent should be washed in washing machine. This can damage tent seams and coating. The best way to clean a tent is to wipe it with a sponge and gentle detergent. Wash tent with hands using cold water.
- To remove stains on tents, you should not use hot water, bleach or other stain removers. If you have got tough stains on your tent, remove them with cornstarch or talcum powder.
- After washing the tent, do not go for machine drying. Let it dry naturally under shade.
- For caring tent poles and for keeping their parts sliding effortlessly, use a coat of a lubricant after regular intervals.
- On a camping trip, do not store food in tent because animals can rip it away in order to get food.
- Candles, matches and open flames should not be used in or near a tent. Moreover, fuel-powered lanterns and heaters should not be used in tent either. Always use battery operated equipments in tents if possible.
- Always store tent in cold and dry environment because high temperature can harm tent fabric.
These are some really useful tips regarding care and maintenance of camping tents. Campers should follow these to increase life of their camping companion.