Product Care Instructions - Tents
Your tent is your home away from home. Taking regular care of it ensures ongoing comfort and protection long after your first night under the stars. Mountain Designs recommends the following care instructions:
Cleaning Your Tent
- Hand wash with a mild, non-detergent soap and water, with the tent assembled. Use a soft sponge to gently scrub away any marks or stains. Avoid using dishwashing liquids, bleach, spot removers, fabric softeners or laundry powder. Most of these cleaners have strong perfumes which will attract bugs, mice and other creepy crawlies, and they will affect your tent's DWR.
- Rinse the tent well, wipe it with a towel, and then let it air dry before disassembling and storing.
- Do not tumble dry, dry clean or iron your tent.
Restoring DWR on Your Tent
- Every 12 months, you may consider restoring the DWR finish on the outer fabric of your tent. The best way to tell if it needs re-proofing is to spray some water on the fly - if it beads up and rolls away it is ok, if it appears to soak into the fabric then it is not ok.
- Apply a DWR treatment as per the instructions of the care product supplier.
Storing Your Tent
- Store your tent in a cool, dry place that has good ventilation. Ensure it is completely dry before you store it. An ideal storage solution is to keep it loosely in a cardboard box off the ground away from pests that could get inside.
- Avoid storing your tent in direct sunlight, damp or overly hot areas, or packed up in its stuff sack for any length of time.
Repairing Your Tent
- A repair kit is included in the packaging with your tent.
General Tips & Notes
- Set up the tent at home to ensure you are familiar with it.
- Clear away sharp or protruding objects that may damage the tent or tent floor.
- Never let the poles just snap together, as it can damage the pole ends.
- Avoid placing hot objects against the tent surfaces, such as cooking pots and pans, as they can damage the surface fabric.
- Be careful with chemicals, such as stove fuels.
- Insect repellents containing DEET can damage the materials used in the production of the tent.
- Keep the tent away from open flames as it uses non-flame retardant materials.