Summer is now over & with winter quickly approaching the Ozarks it is time to think about winterizing your tent. It doesn’t matter how little or how much you paid for your tent or what kind of material your tent is made of. What is important is that it is properly cared for. Keeping your tent clean & in good condition is manageable. Here are some helpful tips to keep your tent looking good and usable for years to come:
Keep Clean: Because you are outdoors there is a strong possibility that your tent will get dirty, but there are ways to prevent the excess build-up from occurring. Purchase plastic sheeting & use as a protective layer between your tent & the ground. This will protect against mud & grass stains, as well as rips & tears from both inside & outside of your tent.
Avoid Build-up: Mold & mildew are common over a period of time & not only can it create smelly conditions, but it can also make your tent unusable. Depending on the material, leaving your tent damp for an extended period of time can lead to rotting fabric & can also form unwanted holes. To avoid these issues, let your tent air dry as much as possible before folding up & packing away.
Making Repairs: Most of the time, repairs are an easy fix. More often than not, repairs consist of replacing a bent or broken pole or patching a hole. Having an extra pole on hand is a great idea & can really help in a bind. These poles are available for purchase at your local camping retailer. Sometimes it is possible to fix small tears with a sewing kit, but for those bigger areas a tent patch can come in handy.
Before putting your tent away for the winter, be sure & follow these helpful tips to protect your tent so you will be all set & ready to go for next year’s camping season!