The longevity of your tent will always depend on how you care for it before and after use. It is always ideal to know how to maintain your tent cause let’s face it, you don’t want to be buying a replacement any time soon. Luckily for you, there are loads of things you can easily do to store your tent properly and prevent it from any damage.
Always consult your tents manual for any storage instructions before you decide to take our advise.
How do you store a tent?
Keep your tent clean
Always keep your tent clean, especially after using it. Remove any debris, dust, and dirt before you store it; when it is left dirty, it can lead to the fabric being weakened.
Dirt and grime easily break down materials and fabrics, including zippers, cords, pegs, and stakes, among others.
Ensure that it is not wet before you fold it, leaving it wet and damp invites mold and fungus to thrive on it. Although, some owners do not fold their tent as it can create creases in the fabric, which can eventually damage the waterproofing capacity.
Also, some owners may think storing it even with a little moisture is alright as it will dry up in the long run, but this is an incorrect practice. Please make sure to get rid of as much moisture as you can before considering long term storage.
Storing a wet tent can cause the tent’s fabric to smell as well due to the mildews and mold that has housed in the wet fabric, these odors are very difficult to eliminate and will cling to the fabric once you store it improperly.
Hanging your tent vs Folding it
Choose whether you will hang your tent or fold it loosely. Some owners roll their tent and hang it.
This is the better option cause you are allowing the tent to dry up and not let any moisture seep through. This is also better for the fabric of the tent, as it will not get crumpled nor get ridges.
When you roll your tent, you should not do it too tightly cause it is not good for the materials, especially when you are going to store it long term.
Loose rolling is the key to preventing wrinkles on the tent’s fabric, you are also preventing any damage to the waterproofing features of the tent.
We know creases to cause weakened areas in the tent’s fabric and eventually will cause leaks.
Consider storage location
The storage area should be dry and not humid. Make sure that the tent is coming into contact with as little water as possible.
A highly enclosed area, coupled with a humid temperature has a high possibility of moisture to develop, and you are just mistaken thinking your tent is stored in a safe place.
Avoid places that are too stuffy and humid as the tent can accumulate moisture when the area is not temperature regulated.
The ideal place to hang your tent includes your garage, spare room, or even your closet.
What is the best place to store a tent?
Finding the ideal place to store your tent is a necessity to avoid wear and tear to your tent. Some places are just not ideal to store your tents in and include space in your basement, perhaps in your attic, or even outside your house, where it is just leaning on your wall that is well-exposed to rain, sunlight, or even snowfall.
Basement and attics are not ideal as they get too hot and humid. As previously mentioned, the best place to store is in your closets and any room or extra space in your house that has a well-balanced temperature.
How to clean a tent before storing it
Cleaning your tent before you store it is crucial to make sure that it remains in good condition during storage. Check out our top tips for making sure your tent is clean right below:
- It is fitting to clean your tent using water and soap, gently remove any dirt that is sticking to the fabric and check every corner for any other dirt that may still be left.
- Do not machine wash your tent. Although you may think this is convenient and fast, this is also the quickest way to ruin the fabric of your tent. The mechanism of the washing machine can tear and stretch the fabric, which will weaken it over time.
In the same way, it is not advisable to place your tent in your drier after you have gone somewhere and your tent is still wet. You’ll thank yourself if you choose to hang your tent up and let it dry naturally.
- Be careful using cleaning solutions that contain chemicals that could potentially cause damage to your tent.
- Do not attempt to use an abrasive brush or sponge that can easily tear your tent’s fabric. There are different fabrics used in the manufacture of tents, and there are also various ways to clean them. A mild soap and water solution is ideal, although this is just a gentle cleaner, this can do the trick.
Some cleaners are tough on the stain but also damaging to the fabric. There are cleaning solutions that are not intended to be used in vinyl materials.
Although there are tough stains that need removing, check the ingredients first before you use it aggressively on your tent, you may also dilute some cleaning solution instead of using it directly on your tent fabric.
Sometimes there are also dirt and grime that may stick on the zippers of your tent, and this causes it to stall while you are trying to open it. Sometimes this is the cause for it to get damaged, especially when it is not functioning smoothly, and you have to drag it or force it to open.
- Use a soft-bristle brush or a toothbrush to remove dirt on the zipper. What’s more difficult to remove is the sand that gets caught in the zipper tracks, and this is also the fastest way to damage your zipper when it wouldn’t slide, and you need to use force just to open it.
Always give your zipper track the best cleaning, just like the entire part of the tent.
- Always air dry the tent after you wash it, you can also wipe the fabric with a clean, dry cloth to hasten the drying process. Hang it to dry. If there is no space to dry it, you can set it up in your garage or in any area where you can spread it so it will dry out.
Other things to consider before storing your tent
Check for silica gel availability. We use these packs as a desiccant or a drying agent for the tent. You will not spend a fortune on these packs, but they will suck the moisture away from your tents and are a worthwhile investment to maintain the quality of your tent.
Make sure you organise the place of storage
Make sure it is in a place where it will not be kicked or stepped on.
The storage area that you will use should be the best place for your tent. It should serve as a dedicated space for your tent and not just simply thrown outside for months on end.
Check the fabric to check for any tears or damage
Lastly, make sure to do a once-over check of your tent to look for any tears in the fabric or damage to the zipper or poles.
If there is a presence of holes or zippers are broken, you should look to get these problems fixed before you put your tent into storage. Do not wait till the damage is just too big to repair or you’ll end up having to splash out on a new tent completely.
Some owners do not repair their tent before storage and end up paying more for repairs.
There are various ways that campers will tell you how to store your tent, how to take care of it, and how to make it last longer.
Remember that these points serve as a guide into the key points you need to consider before you store your tent. If you have a method that works for you by all means keep doing it, just make sure to check your tent’s manual first!