When you invest in a bell tent, you’re investing in a journey of love and adventure! ❤️
It’s really important to care for your bell tent just as you would a new car… show it some love and it will take you miles!
Have a practice run of setting up your bell tent at home in the garden if you have the space, before it’s first use. This is a great opportunity to understand how to pitch it before you get to the campsite, and to ‘activate’ the canvas waterproofing. If your bell tent has been pretreated with waterproofing, getting the canvas wet the first time enables the fibres to expand as they dry, to ‘seal’ the canvas.
Don’t be alarmed if you see a very small amount of water inside your tent when you do this. It’ll be the first and last time, and once the canvas is dry your bell tent will be fully waterproof.
If your tent gets dirt on it (which inevitably it will eventually!) don’t try and remove any wet dirt. Wait until it’s completely dry to remove it by brushing over with a firm brush. Tougher stains can be removed with a canvas cleaning product, though you may need to re-waterproof the specific area with a canvas waterproofing product afterwards.
It helps to place a tarp underneath your groundsheet to help to avoid marks and stains, and to reduce the ground moisture on the underside of the tent when you pack away. Use an old towel to dry off any moisture from the groundsheet before packing your bell tent away.
If your bell tent has inner flyscreen walls and doors, treat these with care when unzipping the outer canvas doors or walls. You don’t want to get the mesh caught in zips!
It is vitally important you store your bell tent bone dry. If you do need to pack it away whilst it’s still wet ensure you dry it out within 48 hours, otherwise mould will develop and may compromise the canvas. If you can’t re-pitch it or lay it out in the sun, place it in a room with a heater or dehumidifier.
Finally if you’re kind enough to lend your bell tent to a friend, they must follow the care instructions too, otherwise you may compromise the tent and your friendship!
Bell tents are beautiful, stylish and versatile, and we know you’ll want to keep yours that way! It’s not hard to care for your bell tent if you apply love and common sense. Just like you, we want you to enjoy many years of magical adventures and memories with your Stylish Camping Co bell tent