Canvas bell tents are a popular choice for many campers as they can be used to camp in any season. So if you're reading this, then there's no question that you've purchased your tent and may have some questions about how to care for it properly. Well, the good news is that these tents are built to last a lifetime with minimal maintenance required! Here, we'll go over five key guidelines for canvas tent care to keep it in top shape all year round.
Our canvas bell tents are treated with a potent, eco-friendly waterproofing and anti-mildew agent before they are woven. These treatments allow for adequate ventilation, ensuring that your tent is as fresh inside as it looks outside! After a year, ensure that you return for cotton proof treatment to maintain your fabric's breathability and water repellency.
Choosing a suitable site to set up camp is a vital canvas care necessity that a lot of people overlook. Some ground surfaces are more suitable for pitching than others. Ideally, your canvas bell tent should be pitched on a soft and flat surface, preferably with good quality ground cover underneath so that the floor of your tent doesn't get soaked in water or damaged from sharp objects poking through.
If you plan to use the same spot for camping regularly, it's important to clear the area before pitching to remove any existing hazards from the site.
If you're packing away your canvas tent after a long day of adventuring, make sure you air it inside-out before putting it in storage. Never store your tent when it's damp! Using a dehumidifier is a good idea, but it's not ideal.
After use, the best option is to open up your tent and let it breathe! If for any reason you can't dry it immediately, take it out of storage when opportune and dry for several hours before storing it over a long time.A good tip is to unzip the groud sheet and store separately.
If the weather is particularly wet and humid where you live, be incredibly mindful, as mould may grow if there are prolonged periods without ventilation due to damp conditions.
You'll also want to inspect your canvas bell tent regularly for moulds. As long as you keep your tent clean and dry, it should last for many happy years of use!
Mould buildup is one of the most common issues campers face, and it can be difficult to get rid of. Mould is a naturally occurring fungus that grows on moist surfaces like your canvas tent when it's left out in the rain or exposed to moisture over time.
As dreaded as mould is, it's not the end of the world if your bell tent gets affected. Below are two effective ways to deal with it:
One way is by spraying the affected areas with a solution of white vinegar + water to break down the mould on the outside surface. After spraying, leave the vinegar solution to dry, then spot clean with a solution of warm water, lemon and salt. It's important not to scrub too hard when cleaning as you don't want to loosen any stitching or seams of your bell tent since it's a delicate structure.
You can also get your hands on potent enzyme, mould and mildew cleaners for your specific fabric. Ensure that you do proper research before making any purchase.