Caring For Your Canvas Bell Tent

Care Instructions For Your Bell Tent With The Seek Society

To help you maximise the life span of your bell tent please remember the golden rule: Always store your bell tent bone dry! We’ve provided below some details to assist in caring for your bell tent to help it last a lifetime:

Bell Tent Maintenance Tips
• The canvas must be bone dry before storing the tent.
• Never keep the tent stored away wet for longer than two days otherwise fungus can affect the canvas, which will then create permanent little, black dots which are mould spores.
• The canvas has been impregnated with anti-fungi and made waterproof that is effective for up to 6 months of use. Once you have passed this period of camping you will need to re-proof the fabric in order to keep your tent as new.
• Maintenance starts when setting up your tent. If a tent has not been set up correctly uneven forces will pull on the canvas. This could eventually lead to damage. To ensure your tent stays set up correctly daily guy rope maintenance is necessary.
• It is in your best interests to keep the canvas as clean as possible and remove stains as soon as they appear. Dust and dried mud is best removed once the canvas is dry by brushing with a clean hard brush like a floor scrubbing brush or dustpan brush.

Zippers:
Zippers sometimes have to endure extreme tension caused by wind, incorrect tent set ups or pressures caused by people or objects leaning into the tent.

In order to limit damage to the zippers:
• Close all zippers before setting up your tent
• Handle the zippers with care
• Protect them by treating them with silicone once in a while
• Verify zippers before setting up your tent, as there is no insurance on them after use

Fungus and stains:
Due to insufficient ventilation, fungus can affect the canvas. It is important to store your tent dry so no fungus or other stains can appear. If you have to temporarily store the tent wet be sure to remove the mud and dirt from the bottom of the tent put your tent back out to dry within 48 hours.
In order to limit fungus and stains on your tent: Store your tent 100% dry.
When dealing with fungus use a soft brush or sponge and a lot of fresh water. Only use specialised tent-cleaning products to remove difficult stains as other chemical products can cause the cotton to leak. We suggest you have your tent re-impregnated with water proofer if any area has been cleaned using a cleaning product.

Leaking:
Cotton can, when new, let some air through and leak around the seams. After the canvas has been wet once this will no longer happen because of the cotton expanding. Very light stains can appear on a wet tent – these stains cause no problems. 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 re-treated with a sealant. There are many good spray can sealants on the market.

Other information
Cotton canvas shrinks when wet, making itself waterproof when it rains. The first time your tent gets wet it may leak a little, don’t worry – THIS IS TOTALLY NORMAL! Once it dries out for the first time that shrinkage closes up any little holes to ensure it won’t happen again. The canvas has been impregnated to protect it from dirt, ultraviolet radiation and fungus. This makes it mould resistant but not mould proof.

If the canvas remains damp in a place where mould can grow, eventually mould will grow. If you put your tent up in a damp corner of the garden next to a hedge or under a tree long term it will eventually get mouldy (as would a car or anything left there). Therefore, it’s worth considering the right spot that has some ventilation, as mould is not covered by our warranty.