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An ideal awning care includes cleaning, impregnation and correct storage. Maintaining an awning properly, can significantly increase its durability. Here we provide the most important instructions on how to care for your awning after a trip to avoid mildew stains or mold infestation.

1. Drying

The alpha and omega of awning care is the drying. The awning shouldn´t only be dried when it is stored, but also during the trip. Residual moisture can lead to mold stains and mildew within a short period of time. Therefore, it should always be packed in a dry condition. If the awning has to be packed wet, it is recommended to rebuild it or hang it up for drying within the next 12 hours.

2. Cleaning & Impregnating

You can check our article Clean your awning: This is how it´s done! to get some advice on how to clean your awning properly. Hereafter we provide a short overview on the most important information about the cleaning and impregnation process:

The miracle cure: lukewarm water & soft brush

Basically a cloth or a soft brush and lukewarm water are sufficient for regular cleaning. For stubborn stains, use a gentle detergent or a special tent cleaner that does not attack the coating. There are special cleaners for infestation of mould fungi, green coverings or mildew stains.
Only on uncoated fabric vinegar cleaner can be used.

If aggressive cleaner have been used, it is often advisable to impregnate the awning again, if it is coated. The tent must be dry before impregnating it and then completely dried again afterwards (do not rinse it again!).

Our GentleTent awnings are made of high-quality TenCate or Polycotton material, which makes them already fungicidal and dirt & moisture repellent. Warm water and a cloth are therefore sufficient for the regular cleaning. For stronger stains, use cleaning & impregnating agents tested by TenCate, e.g. Isaclean, 123products, HG, or Ultramar.

2. The ideal storage

Before being stored, the whole awning has to be completely dried, then it may be stored for a longer period of time. A tent should be stored correctly in a dry, well-ventilated room. It is best to pack it in a cotton bag, whereby the poles and all other accessories should be packed separately, to prevent damage.

Most of the producers provide instructions of how to fold and store the tent properly. It is therefore recommendable to follow these instructions.

Tip: If plastic-tent-windows would lie on each other after the tent was folded, paper or cotton sheets should be put in between to prevent the windows from sticking to each other.

3. Further tips & tricks for maintaining your awning

  • Control: If the tent is not used for a longer time, it should be unpacked an controlled on mold, stains or humidity every 6 months. The earlier damages can be found, the easier they can be removed. This should especially be done for the case of a not 100% dry and little ventilated storage room.
  • Seam sealing: Seam sealers offer, as the name suggests, a waterproof seal for tent seams. Depending on the intensity of use of the awning, seam sealant can be applied to the seams with a brush or sponge every 2-3 years to increase their durability.
  • Zips/zippers: Slip sprays are non-greasy slip & release sprays that reduce friction resistance and are therefore a miracle cure for zippers, for easier insertion into keder strips and much more.
  • Professional tent cleaning: If you want to be on the safe side when it comes to cleaning awnings, you can also opt for professional tent cleaning. The costs for this depend on the size of the tent (m²), the fabric, the colour and the type of the stain. It must be calculated with +/- 20€/m².

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