How to care for your PahaQue Tent

PahaQue gear is made to last. We take pride in the fact that many of our customers are still using their tents over a decade after they bought them. Of course proper care of your tent  is an important factor in getting a long life out of your tent, so here are a few tips to make sure you get the most out of yours.

Protect the floor of your tent from rips and tears:  Even the strongest material can be damaged  by debris.  So find a nice spot that is free of sticks, rocks, and other debris that could damage the floor of your tent. Most campsites have a tent pad that is specifically designed for tent setup. The pad will likely be free of rocks, but pointed sticks, discarded bottle tops, and other sharp items can damage the floor of the tent, as well as keep you up at night. So take a minute to clear the pad of this type of debris. Once you’ve checked for anything that could poke a hole in the floor of your tent, you should put down a footprint to protect the floor of your tent.

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PahaQue  makes footprints designed to perfectly fit our tents. 

 

 Ensure Proper Setup: The next step is equally important.  Our tents are made to withstand everything mother nature throws at them. But proper tent setup is essential. If you want to make sure your tent lasts through potential wind and rain, be sure follow all directions, and properly set up all guy lines. Do that and you’ll be a happy camper.

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Proper setup is key!

Protect your PahaQue tent from the sun: UV rays are bad for your tent. PahaQue tents are UV resistant, but those rays of sunshine will degrade any fabric over time. That’s why we recommend you treat your tent with Gear Aid Revivex UV Protectant at the start of each season. A bottle of the stuff is under 10 bucks, and provides that extra protection to keep your tent from becoming brittle, tearing, and fading. It’s easy to apply, just spray it on and let it dry.  

Get more life out of your tent with additional rain proofing: Even with UV protectant, those rays shining straight down and going to work on your rainfly. So if your tent is over 5 years old, it’s a good idea to add a little extra waterproofing with Gear Aid Revivex Durable Water Repellent. After 5 years, you should give your tent another treatment every 2 seasons.

Keep your tent from getting funky: Never put your tent away dirty, or wet. Always try to clean out your tent before you pack it up, and always make sure the tent is dry. We say always, but we know this isn’t always feasible. Sometimes it’s a rain storm, or it could be simply the morning dew, but you’ll occasionally have to break camp before your gear can dry. When this happens, be sure to unpack and set up your tent as soon as possible. Give it 24 hours or more to dry out. This is also a great opportunity to get in there with a vacuum and get any extra dust and dirt out of your tent. It may also be a good time to give your tent a good washing.

All you really need to wash your tent is a laundry detergent made for delicate clothing or mild hand soap, along with a sponge and a bucket. Never use harsh chemical cleaners or machine wash your tent, that’s a recipe for disaster. Just dilute the soap or mild detergent in some water, and then hand wipe the tent clean with the sponge. Then of course make sure the tent is completely dry before packing it away.

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Tide Free and Gentle is a possible choice for a mild laundry detergent.  It doesn’t take much!

 

Some additional quick tips:

Use a TentRug, to keep the inside if your tent clean.

Take off your shoes before you enter the tent to keep it even cleaner.

Be gentle with your zippers, and consider using Gear Aid Zipper Clear and Lubricant.

Use your rain fly on the tent even when it’s not raining. It protects the rest of your tent from UV rays, and costs less than an entire tent if you have to replace it. Setting up in the shade also protects your tent from the UV rays.

Wipe off the poles and wash the entire tent after any camping trip near sand or salt water.

These tips will help you get the most life out of your PahaQue tent. Where are you camping? Let us know, and send us some photos via email: happytrails@pahaque.com, on Facebook, or tag us @PahaQue on Instagram.