Tent repair and care


Pielęgnacja i naprawa by Varuste.net / Toimisto-Jorma, 16.10.2023
Before the hike
Check the tent: Before every trip, check the tent carefully for any damage or wear. Make sure the tent is intact in all respects. Also see that all parts related to the tent are included. The surest way to do the tent inspection before the trip is to test establish the tent for example on your own yard/nearby terrain and thus observe the condition of the tent and accessories. If you are not already so familiar with the tent or you haven't used it for a while, then this works at the same time as a reminder on how it works, so you don't have to start wondering in the terrain - possibly in challenging weather conditions.

Care for the fabric if needed: If the tent fabric no longer repels water properly and the material allows it, you can impregnate it again with a waterproof impregnation. In this case, follow the manufacturer's instructions and use substances suitable for your tent material.
PRO TIP: for long camping trips, you can use a light tarp to absorb the sun's strongest impact if you intend to keep the tent in the same place for very long periods of time.

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Setting up and using the tent
Choose the most suitable location: Choose the location of the tent carefully. Make sure that the terrain is flat and as dry as possible considering the conditions - or at least make sure there is no puddle or an area that easily turns into it: avoid placing the tent in pits or low areas where water may accumulate during rain. In rocky areas, also keep an eye on the fact that you are not directly in the path of the rainwater, if it happens to rain hard during the night.

Use a footprint: Whenever possible, use a footprint to protect the bottom of the tent from wear and moisture.

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Keep shoes outside: Keep shoes and other dirty/moist things outside to prevent dirt and moisture from entering the tent. Many tents have a decent absid where you can shelter your gear from the weather and you don't have to bring dirty and moist things into the actual sleeping area.

Air out the tent: Whenever possible, air out the tent by drying it, especially in damp conditions before packing it. Many tents have good ventilation features, which you should familiarize yourself with and take advantage of while camping. Good ventilations also guarantee a more pleasant stay in the tent and reduce the of condensing moisture (caused by residents and possible damp stuff) on the inner surface of the inner tent.

When choosing a tent site, also note that if you have to set up the tent completely sheltered from the wind, the ventilation functions of the tent will not work properly. So try to take air conditioning into account as well.

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Cleaning the tent
Clean regularly: Wipe and clean the tent regularly to remove dirt, sand and debris that can wear down the fabric or clog the pores of the breathable fabric.

Dry thoroughly before packing: Before folding and packing the tent, make sure it is completely dry to avoid the formation of mold, odors and other growths.

Repairs
Repair small defects: Small defects, such as small tears / tiny punchholes, can usually be repaired with appropriate tape or glue. Often, small problems with zippers are caused by too tight installation or dirt between the zippers.

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Major Repairs: If the tent has major damage, such as large tears or seams that have come open, consider sending the tent to the manufacturer or other professional for repair.

Others: E.g. broken tent poles cannot be repaired. In general, the tent packages have various repair sleeves with which you can use for the tent pole to function until the end of the trip. So check in the test set-up you take before the trip that the basic spare equipment is also included.
The most common reason for the arch breaking is probably that the pieces of the arch are not completely attached to each other, causing the 'female' part to break from its mouth. Make sure that the rubber band inside the arch is tight enough, and that the arch is well assembled.

Fortunately, it is very easy to get spare parts for the tent from the manufacturers/representatives of the manufacturer of high-quality brand tents, so any cords, stoppers, poles and other wedges lost in the terrain are available separately. This is one of the many reasons to choose an appropriate, high-quality and decent tent as your hiking partner.

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These instructions will help you keep your tent in good condition and extend its life. Also remember to follow the manufacturer's instructions, which may vary depending on the brand of tent. Careful care and -handling will help your tent keep you protected in varying weather conditions on all your trips and expeditions.

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