When you get back from camping, you need to store your tent so that you can use it in good condition on your next camping trip. Check out our tips on how to store your tent.
Cleaning your tent
Before storing your tent you need to clean your tent. Because if you don’t clean your tent in time, the dirt on your tent will corrode your tent and your tent may grow mold and mildew.
After you come back from your camping trip, empty your tent. Then remove the sand, leaves, twigs, and other debris. For stubborn stains, you can try scrubbing with mild soapy water and a soft sponge. If your tent zippers are not working well, try using a brush to remove the dirt from the zippers. It’s best to clean your tent with clean water. You can repeat rinsing your tent with water several times to make sure the cleaner does not remain on your tent.
Put the tent in a cool place to dry. Before storing your tent, you need to make sure that your tent is completely dry. Otherwise, your tent can grow mold and mildew as a result. This can damage your tent and make your tent smell bad. Please try not to let the sunshine directly on your tent. Although this allows your tent to dry faster, the UV rays will accelerate the deterioration of your tent’s waterproof coating.
Storing your tent
After making sure your tent is dry, place your tent in a breathable bag. You can put it in a large mesh bag or an old pillowcase. It’s better to leave your tent loose than roll it up and put it in your suitcase.
Then place the tent in a dry place. Wet underground garages, kitchens, car trunks, etc. are not suitable locations to store your tent. Even though you have cleaned your tent, the damp environment may still make your tent moldy. Some ventilated places, such as rooms, under beds, cupboard tops, etc., are ideal places to store your tent.
In addition, you have to make sure that the place where you place your tent is not exposed to sunlight because sunlight can damage your tent coating. Don’t put your tent near any heat source either.
You can find another place to store your tent poles. It is important to note that you should not allow heavy objects to press against your tent poles, as this may cause them to deform or break.