Maintenance Care and Storage
ALWAYS STORE YOUR BELL TENT 100% DRY TO PREVENT MOULD FROM DAMAGING THE CANVAS!
* Due to insufficient ventilation, fungus can affect the canvas so it's really important to store your tent dry to avoid fungus or other stains appearing! If you have to temporarily store your tent wet be sure to either remove the mud and dirt from under the groundsheet OR separate groundsheet from canvas until dry. Having taken down a wet tent, you MUST ensure to hang it up to dry within 48 hours - it's not necessary to pitch the tent again, just hang it over a table or some chairs, or over the washing line. Basically, it just needs some air to completely dry before being packed away and stored.
* Make sure the ground is level and free from sharp objects and debris which could damage the ground sheet.
* Do not pull tent pegs out of the ground using the guy ropes or fabric fittings! Use your hand or a peg extractor to remove from ground
* Pitch the Bell Tent far away from camp fires, the recommend distance is 10 meters from naked flames.
* Your tent will need to be re-proofed for weather resistance when droplets of water no longer run off the tent.
1) It is in your interest to keep the canvas as clean as possible and remove stains when they first appear.
2) When dealing with fungus, use a soft brush or sponge and a lot of fresh water and a cleaning agent - and then a waterproofing agent is applied if necessary.
3) Dust and dried mud is better wiped away with a soft brush before a cleaning agent – and then waterproofing agent is applied if necessary.
4) Only use specialized tent cleaning products to remove difficult stains as other domestic chemical products can cause the cotton to degrade. We recommend Nik Wax products as these won't damage the canvas.
5) Please use cleaning agents first on your bell tent to remove stains, then waterproofing agents when canvas is completely dry after cleaning if necessary.
6) If using your bell tent frequently, or for long periods of time, a cleaning and waterproofing treatment may be applied more frequently.
For more information on waterproofing your tent and using Nik Wax Cotton Proof
Although caring for your bell tent is extremely easy, general maintenance is necessary to keep your tent looking tip-top and to prolong the canvas's life span.
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 treated with a sealant. There are many great silicone sealants on the market.
When new, cotton canvas can sometimes leak around the seams - this is perfectly normal and once the tent has had its first light shower the weave of the canvas will shrink, just slightly, and this will no longer happen.
You might be surprised by the level of repair you can achieve yourself. Small rips in the canvas can literally be stitched closed using a common needle and thread, and the area will remain water resistant once sealed.
Larger rips and tears will need to be patched - just make sure to try and use the same canvas colour, and type, as the original.
If you feel the repair is beyond your capabilities then your bell tent can be taken to a professional Tent & Awning Repairer and fixed for a reasonable price.
The lifespan of your bell tent is very dependent upon the camping conditions and the way you look after it. Air pollution, ultraviolet radiation, natural and domestic dirt, all limit the lifespan of your cotton canvas bell tent - in short, if you look after your tent it will look after you for many years of happy camping