*Always dry your tent before you pack it away to store.
*Never keep the tent stored away wet for longer than two days otherwise fungus can affect the canvas which will then create permanent marks.
Our canvas has been impregnated with an anti-fungal waterproofing agent that is effective for up to 60 weeks of use (so a year). Once you have passed this period of camping you may need to re-proof certain areas that appear more translucent. Please see Fix & Clean Your Tent.
Maintenance starts when setting up your Bell Tent. If a Bell Tent has not been set up correctly uneven forces will pull on the canvas. This could eventually lead to damage. To ensure your tent stays set up correctly daily guy rope maintenance is necessary.
It is in your interest to keep the canvas as clean as possible and remove stains when created. Dust and dried mud is best removed once the canvas is dry by brushing with a clean hard brush like a floor scrubbing brush.
The lifespan of your tent is very dependent upon camping conditions such as air pollution, ultraviolet radiation, natural dirt (bird droppings, sand, salt water) and domestic dirt (cooking stains, soda, wine, sun cream).
Fungus and stains:
Due to insufficient ventilation, fungus can affect the canvas. It is important to store your tent dry so no fungus or other stains can appear. If you have to temporarily store the tent wet be sure to remove the mud and dirt from the bottom of the tent put your tent back out to dry within 48 hours.
In order to limit fungus and stains on your tent:
Store your tent 100% dry
When dealing with fungus, use a soft brush or sponge and a lot of fresh water.
Only use specialised tent cleaning products to remove difficult stains as other chemical products can cause the cotton to leak.
We suggest you have your tent re-impregnated with waterproofer if any area has been cleaned using a cleaning product.
Cotton can, when new, let some air through and leak around the seams. After the canvas has been wet once this will no longer happen because of the cotton expanding. Very light stains can appear on a wet tent - these stains cause no problems. In order to preserve your tent’s water resistance and prolong its lifespan after a considerable amount of use, the outside of the canvas can be re-treated with a sealant. There are many good spray can sealants on the market, and we also sell re-proofer.
Zippers sometimes have to endure extreme tension caused by wind, incorrect tent set up or pressure caused by people or objects leaning into the tent.
In order to limit damage to any zippers:
Close all zippers before setting up your tent
Handle the zippers with care
Protect them by treating them with silicone once in a while
Check zippers before setting up your tent, as there is no insurance on them after use
We are now exploring some new options for getting your tent cleaned and reproofed and will be updating this page later in the year. Watch this space and feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll let you know when we start again. If you've just got a small patch that needs cleaning why not consider doing it yourself - Nikwax Tech Wash & Cotton Proof.