A tent is one of the things that you cannot take for granted. It requires your attention. Keeping a tent clean and drying it properly after every use is the requirements to maintain a tent healthy.
Drying a tent is not rocket science, but it is not as easy as drying your socks is.
This brief guide will help you dry your tent quickly without damaging its fabric.
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Drying a Tent at The Campsite
Sometimes you might wake up with a wet tent to deal with because of night rain or dew, whatever the reason is, you have to dry the tent.
Drying a tent can be frustrating if you do not know the basics. The following steps will make things easier for you:
First, separate the dry equipment from the wet ones. Next, disassemble the tent and put it in a bag with the other wet gears but, if the camping site is exposed to sunlight and wind you do not have to do anything, your tent will only take an hour to dry. If it is not the case, then, it is time to search for an open area that is exposed to the sun and wind, where you can layout the wet tent and other wet gears.
The best place to dry out a tent is a rocky ledge, and if you are camping in a forest, then you might find one quickly.
Layout the tent and other wet gears in the open and dry area. Wind can blow away the tent so to be on a safer side place a rock on it or tie it to a heavy thing like trees with a wind rope. Enjoy the view and wait for the tent to dry completely; it won’t take more than an hour on a sunny day.
Different Ways To Dry Out A Tent Quickly at Home
If you are eager to get back to your home early or if it is raining at the campsite then pack the wet tent and leave for home. You can use your lawn, clothesline, garage, car porch, or even a room to dry out your tent. But make sure, you dry the tent completely before storing it; a wet tent when stored can attract molds and mildews which can damage your tent.
As soon as you reach your house, choose a place according to the size of your tent. Next, unpack your tent and hang it to dry. A better option is to hang your tent as much off the ground as possible; this way the airflow can go underneath and dry the tent in no time. If you cannot hang out because of whatever reason, lay it on a dry and clean place.
If your tent is big, pitch it in a backyard on a sunny day, but without a rain fly. Lay the rain fly and ground tarp on the ground, spread them and wait for them to dry completely. But if it is raining continuously, you can choose a room for your tent, lay it on a table or chairs if it is small and turn on the fan on it.
You can also hang the tent in the basement or in the garage on a rainy day to dry it but, make sure you turn the tent inside out to dry it completely.
Remember that if you have room in your garage or basement, then pitch then tent without the rain fly and ground tarp, crack the windows and turn on the roof fan and standing fan to speed up the process.
Note that garage is a better option than a basement since a garage has more ventilation than a basement.
Drying a Canvas Tent
The process to dry a canvas tent is not different than the aforementioned process but be very careful when drying a canvas tent since when it is exposed to excess heat, it can damage the fabric.
Canvas tent is also very vulnerable to molds so if you want to use it next time, then you must dry it before storing it for the upcoming season.
Do and Don’ts
- Never dry your tent in a dryer; it will damage the waterproof coating and fabric of your tent.
- Remember that it takes only 24-48 hours for the molds and mildews to grow on your tent so, you must dry it as soon as you reach home.
- Do not store a wet tent; it will attract mold and mildews, which are stubborn, and harm the fabric.
- Drying your tent is essential to keep your tent healthy.
- Do not leave your tent in the backyard after it is dry because the UV lights can damage the tent fabric when exposed to for a longer time.
- Do not use a hairdryer as it will warp and stretch synthetic materials and cause a canvas tent to shrink.
- Do read the instructions on the tent.
- Always unpack the tent and check it before leaving for camping.
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Fakhar has been a camping enthusiast since he was a small kid. He belongs to the area, which has the second-largest mountain and most glaciers. Thus, he has been around people, who know everything about nature and the wilderness.
For the love of nature, he chose Environmental Sciences as his field of study and graduated with distinction. Apart from working for a non-profit organization, he wanders on the Karakoram and Hindukush ranges with his camping equipment that he loves to collect.