Hints & Tips

Hints & Tips

ALWAYS avoid open flames / insecticides / soap detergents 

ALWAYS allow excess mud, bird droppings etc. to thoroughly dry before softly brushing off and washing with lukewarm water only 

NEVER store on a concrete floor (rather place on protective shelf off ground) 

NEVER stand on canvas area of tent. If an occasional seam leakage occurs, apply a recommended seam sealer or wax stick. A properly cared for tent will not need to be waterproofed. 

If you do rewaterproof your tent the following product can be used ( NU Seal) - apply using an air compressor. 

Note: Your tent should not be stood on, stored damp, stored on a concrete floor, sprayed with insecticide, washed with detergent or pitched near an open fire. 

This leads to immersive de-generations of the Canvas fabric which in turn could dramatically shorten the life of your tent.

Pitching your tent:
Secure tent when pitched, in order to avoid any wind damage. Always use your guy ropes

Pitch tent with all the doors and windows CLOSED. This will avoid excess pressure being placed on the zips when the tent is secured.

USE A GROUNDSHEET. This prolongs the life of your tent and prevents the floor from feeling damp.

Remove tent pegs from the ground with either another peg or an "Easy Peg puller". NEVER pull the tent out the ground by pulling the tent fabric.

Avoid pitching your tent directly under a tree that may drop sap as this may stain the tent or damage the waterproofing.

Should any stains occur, the area can be lightly sponged. Do not use a scrubbing brush or any form of detergents as the waterproofing of your tent may be affected.

Ensure that all open ends of poles where joined together are all completely free of mud and dirt which may seriously hamper assembly on future occasion.

Never use excessive force when erecting tent onto frame - double check all poles ends are free from dirt and frame is securely assembled 

Before use:
Your Tents should be fully pitched at home to ensure that all parts are complete.

Use the pitching instruction guide provided.

Check all parts each time. Ensure that you have left nothing behind.

It is always a good idea to have extra pegs, guy ropes and a storm strap in case of strong winds.

Attend to any repairs that may be required well prior to deprature.

During use:
Find a dry and level spot to camp

Choosing a level spot on a knoll will prevent your tent from being swamped in a rainstorm

Remove all sharp rocks or sticks etc. in order to avoid damage to the ground sheet.

Always use a netted or PE groundsheet between your tent floor and the ground.

We do like to be beside the seaside…….but does stainless-steel?

Well, the simple answer is no, not really. Coastal areas are one of the harshest environments with high levels of airborne salt, high winds and plentiful seagull gifts that when applied to stainless-steel products will begin to eat away at the surface and tarnish the finish if not regularly maintained.

Mirror polished stainless-steel however is a smooth finish, without a grain, that offers greater protection against the coastal elements. The mirror polished option is more expensive but would require less maintenance than a brushed finish alternative.

Will stainless steel rust in coastal regions?
Stainless-steel depends on its passive layer for corrosion resistance. This is a thin chromium oxide layer formed on its surface when chromium is present at 10.5% or above. The underlying metal is not corrosion resistant. The passive layer forms spontaneously on a clean surface but can be damaged by iron contamination, airborne particles and particularly chlorides.

Therefore, it is imperative that stainless steel is subject to an ongoing maintenance and cleaning program. Remember it is stainLESS, not stainFREE.

What kind of cleaning products should be used?
The main focus is to clean off any salt and contaminants from the surface of the steel which can be done with any basic cleaning agent, such as soapy water. More sophisticated, specialist products are available for the cleaning of stainless-steel but may only be required if the tea-staining is wide-spread or stubborn to remove.

The basic rule is simple, look after the stainless-steel with regular cleaning as prevention is always easier (and cheaper) than the cure.

So would you advise against using stainless-steel by the sea?
No, not at all. If budget allows, opt for a mirror polished finish but the main piece of information to be gained here is that you cannot simply buy a stainless-steel product and leave it in place, especially in coastal regions without cleaning it – Just clean it down as often as you clean your windows and doors. Look after your stainless steel and it will look fantastic for many years to come.