There are many types of tents out there. Today, Tent size is described by how many people it can hold. If you want to buy a tent, you should know about the types of fabrics that are out there. Below I’ve described about the kinds of tent materials to help you understand tent breeds better. Let’s go.
Choosing Tent Fabrics For Hiking:
Different Tent Fabrics
Besides traditional canvas, tents can be made out of different fabrics nowadays.
Canvas – Cotton is excellent for making high quality tents but is somewhat rare these days. Cotton’s main disadvantage is, cotton is heavier than manmade, modern fabrics. Still, highly usable because of the wonderful smell the cotton spreads. Therefore, cotton tents are less vulnerable to condensation than modern fabrics.
PVC Coated Canvas Tents – PVC is a coating to make tents waterproof and strong, but, the disadvantages of PVC are – the extra weight, and the condensation build on the plastic coated fabric. As condensation can become a huge problem, ventilation is very important in every tent.
Polycotton Canvas Tents – Polycotton is a natural cotton + polyester fabric which can give birth to a lighter fabric with similar length. You can use this uncoated, but, must taken of it to repel water.
Polyester – Polyester comes with many coatings.
As most manufacturers offer same coating with various names, it is critical to look for a coating that lets air through but not moisture. Polyester does not shrink or puff-up if got wet. Plus, sunlight doesn’t affect polyesterm much.
Nylon – Nylon is the simplest and cheapest tent material; but, sadly, is attacked by violet light. Therefore, a strong sunlight can shorten the lifespan of nylon made tents, but, you can reduce the effect of sunlight using special light filter coating. As nylon does not absorb water, the fabric made out of it can be made lighter.
Though most tent makers may claim to have fire retardant fabrics, remember that all tents will burn as fireproof tents are not out there yet. So, be aware while using tools with open flames.
Caring and Storing For Your Tent
Tents for Events
You need big tents to hold events outdoor. With big tents, you can ensure people will be comfortable no matter what the weather is.
Just like a vehicle, maintanence is important for your tent. Good care will make your tent last almost forever, whereas, lack of care will soon require you to get a new tent.
Cleaning your tent
As washing machine can damage your tent, try cleaning your tent by hand.
Avoid pre-soaking products, such as, spot remover and bleach. Also abstain from using any household cleaning materials.
Instead, use a mild detergent and a non-abrasive sponge to scrub the filthy areas. These dirty areas are often caused by – silt, bird droppings and sand.
Cleaning Mildew & Mold
Hopefully, you’ll never have to deal with mildew and mold, though, even the most seasoned campers have to.
You know the mildew and mold is there when there is a musky smell and some discoloration.
As the growth of mold and mildew will leave a permanent stain and smell, use an enzymatic cleaner to stop the growth.
Plus, sleeping in a moldy tent is bad for health.
The available gear cleaners are submersive or spot cleaners. Observe how long you keep clothes dipped under water because keeping the clothes in touch with these cleaners for too long can damage the waterproof properties.
Cleaning Pine Sap
Though getting sap on tent is a hassle, sap isn’t the end result.
You can clean the sap with mineral spirits by scrubbing gently. Beware, scrubbing too hard can damage the waterproofing quality.
Another option is, sprinkle some powder on the sap and stop caring about it, though, your tent will look covered with sap over time.
Zippers & Poles
Cleaning the poles and zippers is crucial. Brushing off the poles and zippers before storage will go a long way.
Adding a dry lubricant made for outdoor devices will extend the life of your zippers.
Most important rule of storing a tent: NEVER STORE A WET TENT.
Remember, there is nothing called too much drying.
A damp/wet tent will build mold and mildew, ruining the walls and roofs of the tent. When you return from a trip, put your tent inside or in a shady area or drape it over something to air out.
Store your tent in cool dry place, because, the fabrics perform best when they’re relaxed.
Sure, storing in a sack or the bag it came with will save space, but a loosely stored tent will not be as stuffy.
Don’t store your tent in really hot or damp places, as the heat can damage tent.
Though you may want to store your tent in a car trunk because it gives ‘always ready’ feeling, using a tight container is a way better choice. Especially, if you live in a moist/tropic area.