If this spring has gifted you the drive to camp and some equipment to match, we’ve rounded up some top tips to take you to pro status in no time. From seasoning your canvas accessories to keeping your equipment in great condition, here is our roundup of what you need to know.
Seasoning your canvas accessories
Seasoning your canvas swag or tent is a very important first step for any new equipment. When the accessory is being made, the material is punctured several thousands of times by a needle that is bigger than the thread meaning small holes remain in the product. If you’ve ever taken an unseasoned product out on the road, you’ll know these holes can cause some serious frustration. Seasoning is the final step of the waterproofing process, ensure your swag or tent is totally weatherproof and will remain in good condition for years to come.
- To begin, erect the tent or swag in its entirety to ensure you can reach all exposed surfaces
- Fill a spray bottle with water and spray the inside of the tent or swag, ensuring you soak all seams entirely
- Then, get your garden hose and continue to soak the outside of the accessory. The ‘shower’ setting works well for this step – do not use a pressure hose or jet spray.
- Allow the tent or swag to completely dry
- Complete this process a further two to three times
- After soaking the outside for the final time, thoroughly check the inside of the tent for any leaks
- Leaks can be fixed with seam sealer
- Once completely dry, your accessory is ready to be packed away for your next adventure!
Storing your accessory
Though your tent or swag is now properly seasoned, it’s still important to protect it from the elements when storing. The best way to store your swag or tent is to ensure it is not wrapped too tightly, keep it off the floor away from rodents and moisture and out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures. Extended exposure to moisture can result in your tent getting mouldy. If this happens, remove the mould with a soft bristle brush, vacuum the area to remove residual spores then apply a mould remover designed for canvas. Please note, once a mould remover has been used, the area will need to be re-seasoned.
Cleaning your accessory
We get it. After returning from your camping adventure, the last thing you feel like doing is cleaning your equipment. However, for the best longevity, your tent and swag should be thoroughly cleaned after each use before storage. As your product is seasoned, avoid using any detergents or chemicals to avoid eroding the material. A soft brush with water should be all you need.
So, it’s as easy as that! Now you’re ready to take on whatever your next adventure throws at you in a clean and dry shelter.