Once you’ve arrived home, the real work begins, as cleaning your tent properly is one of the best things you can do to increase its lifespan and maintain its performance.
Pitch it in the garden or a garage if it’s raining, and follow these steps:
• Take another sweep around the interior of the tent to remove any dirt or debris you didn’t catch at the campsite
• Remove loose dirt from the tent’s fabric by wiping it down with lukewarm water or using the pressure from a garden hose
• For more stubborn mud stains, hand wash the affected area with a sponge, warm water and a mild non-detergent soap or specialist tent cleaning product like Nikwax Tech Wash or the cleaner in Grangers Fabsil Tent and Gear Care Kit. DO NOT use washing up liquid, detergent or bleach, or be tempted to pop your tent in your washing machine or tumble dryer as doing so can damage the tent’s waterproof coating
• If necessary, give tent poles and zips another wipe down and leave them to dry to avoid rust and erosion
• Allow your tent to dry out thoroughly before packing away. Bear in mind this can take a few hours