Cleaning your tent
Tents should only be stored when they are dry and clean. Before packing away, wipe any noticeable dirt from the tent’s surface using a mild soap solution. Then wipe down with a clean cloth to remove as much water as possible. When possible, leave to air dry before packing.
If you have to pack your tent away while it is still wet, you should aim to air it out as soon as possible. Get the tent out at home and allow it to dry - outside or in the garage. Resist the temptation to speed up the drying process using heaters, which will enable the tent to dry naturally.
Packing your tent
Careful packing will prolong the life of your tent. When you are ready to pack away your tent, partially unzip the doors allowing room for air to escape. Detach the poles and push them out of their sleeves. Pulling tent poles makes them more likely to snag, putting undue tension on the pole elastic and the tent fabric.
Fold the tent to the same size as your bag, don’t just stuff it, as this is more likely to damage the fabric.
Storing your tent
Tents should only be stored when the poles and the fabric are completely dry – storing while wet can encourage mould growth and cause the breakdown of the waterproof coating. Store your tent in a coo,l dry place, out of direct sunlight. If you store the tent for extended periods, consider packing it loosely in a larger bag so that the fabric is subject to looser folds.
Always store the tent bag with the poles lying flat. Standing it on its end can apply unnecessary pressure to the poles over time. If you are not using your tent for a long time, it’s a good idea to get it out every few months to air it out.
Tent Maintenance can be broken down into two categories: ongoing maintenance and repairs. Regular upkeep will reduce the likelihood of problems occurring, but proper repairs will keep your tent in shape when they do. From cleaning to waterproofing, our tips will make sure your tent is always ready to go.
Keeping on top of regular maintenance is a small time investment that extends the life of your tent. Spot clean and hand wash any areas that are obviously dirty and allow to dry naturally. Lubricate your zip using wax; this will enable it to slide efficiently and prevent dust and sand from getting in during high winds. Zip lubricant can also be used on poles, allowing them to slide more easily through the sleeves and providing a barrier to moisture.
For holes in your tent, duct tape is fine for quick fixes while you’re camping, but use a specific tent repair kit when you get home. Ensure the area is clean and dry before applying the patch and carry out the repair on a hard flat surface to prevent creases under the patch.
Check the seams of the tent for peeling. If the seal has started to peel, remove along the length of the tent and apply seam sealant. Allow the seam sealer to dry in a cool, dry place for 24 hours to provide a watertight seal.
Water-resistance is a crucial feature of any tent. The Assault 2 person FUTURELIGHT™ Tent uses our advanced breathable waterproof fabric technology. Designed for intense conditions, it can handle anything mother nature throws at it.
If your tent has been well used, the water-resistance may become less effective and water may start to enter the tent. Re-waterproofing the outer fly can be done with products that are usually sprayed onto the fabric. Again, allow it to dry thoroughly to achieve a waterproof finish and prolong the life of your tent.
A high-quality tent that is well looked after will provide a reliable shelter for many camping trips. The North Face tents have been built to provide a reliable shelter in all seasons. Made from tough but light fabrics, browse our selection of backpacking and mountain tents in various sizes. For guidance about which type of tent you need, see our guide to three and four-season tents.