How to Care for a Wall Tent

by Nick Mann

A wall tent is typically made of canvas, and consists of a hard frame with four walls. Although a wall tent is usually heavier than many other tents, it is ideal for longer camping excursions and provides ample space. An important part of making a wall tent last is taking care of it through routine maintenance. If the proper steps are taken, it's possible for most wall tents to last for several years.

Items you will need

  • Soft brush
Step 1

Set up your wall tent according the instructions provided in each product's manual. It's also important to set your tent up in flat location that is free from stray branches and debris that could potentially rip the canvas fabric.

Step 2

Hang a rain tarp above the wall tent when it's in use. This will extend the lifetime of the product by protecting it from rain damage, as well as the sun's rays.

Step 3

Clean your tent out with a soft brush dipped in water after each camping trip. Be sure to get rid of things like dirt, mud and other debris.

Step 4

Allow the tent to thoroughly dry out after it has been cleaned. Not giving it time to dry is a recipe for mildew, which can create a bad smell and ruin the tent. A simple way to accomplish this is to hang the tent outside on a clothesline during sunny weather. Usually, it will be dry enough for storage within four or five hours.

Step 5

Store the wall tent in a dry location that is safe from extreme hot or cold temperatures. Make sure the location is free from bugs that could potentially damage the tent. It's also important to keep it away from any flammable or combustible materials for fire safety. Follow your product's instruction manual for any other details that might apply to your particular product.

Tips & Warnings

  • Clean out your wall tent after each time it is used. Allowing debris to set can decrease the life of the product.

About the Author

Nick Mann has been a writer since 2005, focusing on home-and-garden topics. He has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.