How to Keep a Yearly Tent on the Beach

How to Keep a Yearly Tent on the Beach
Keeping a tent on the beach year-round is a fun, but it is no easy task. Proper maintenance is key, as well as having the patience and tools necessary to keep parts of the tent working efficiently. You will need to make sure all tent parts are intact and functioning properly to avoid mishaps.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tent footprint
  • Cleaning brush
  • Sponge
  • Mild detergent
  • Extra tent stakes
  • Lubricant
Step 1
Protect your tent floor by using a tent footprint as a ground cover. This will help the floor last longer by keeping it as dry as possible and protecting it from dampness and mildew.
Step 2
Clean your tent regularly by using a brush to sweep any dirt and debris. Make sure the brush bristle is gentle to the tent's material. All the dirt and sand that can get between the tent's fabric layers can quickly wear out the material. By cleaning it regularly, your tent will last longer. Use a sponge and mild detergent on stains.
Step 3
Remove and leave your footwear outside the tent to save the floor from accumulated abrasive dirt. This will also help to minimize your regular cleaning.
Step 4
Replace tent stakes immediately if they get bent or misplaced. Having extra stakes is useful and better than substituting with sticks, which are inefficient and may cause your tent to flap in the wind.
Step 5
Apply lubricant at regular intervals to keep the tent pole segments sliding easily. Use the lubricant for the zippers to keep them moving smoothly and to prevent them from freezing.

Tips & Warnings

 
Make sure your tent has plenty of ventilation and mesh panels.
 
Your tent should have ample protection from the sun, such as with a UV-protective coated nylon.
 
Make sure your tent can bead or shed water to avoid leakage.
 
Never use products such as hair spray or insecticide inside or near to the tent. This can cause harm to the tent fabric and cause leakage.

Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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