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Top Camping Tips for your Summer Staycation

Sometimes you just need to be outside – enjoying nature, the peace and quiet, and time away from your everyday routine. If you are planning an affordable, summer camping staycation this year, read up on our top tips to ensure it is everything you need it to be…

PLAN AHEAD
Finding the location that is right for you is crucial; whether you yearn for peace and quiet, family fun, the wild outdoors, or campsites with firepits and frills, then researching in advance will ensure you can find the best spot to pitch up.

Note down your top 5 essentials and after some research online you will be well on your way to locating the best spot to sleep under the stars.

WILD CAMPING
Recently, wild camping has been in the headlines with the ongoing discussion over Dartmoor National Park. Recently, the High Court declared that it is illegal to wild camp on Dartmoor Commons, mirroring other national parks in England and Wales.  Currently, Dartmoor National Park are looking to appeal this decision, but they have secured a permissive camping system – learn more here

Don’t think that you can pitch up your tent anywhere you please – if you have found a good location then either check in with the landowner or look online to see whether camping is allowed.

Be sure to respect your surroundings and Leave No Trace – the outdoors should be left as pristine as you found it (for both wildlife and other outdoor enthusiasts).

CHECK YOUR GEAR
How long has it been since you last used your tent? Don’t just pack it in the car and hope for the best upon arrival! Check before you go that you have all the tent pegs and poles and check your equipment to ensure it isn’t still dirty from its last use – this could hamper protection from the rain for one thing! If it needs a clean, use Tent & Gear SolarWash® and Tent & Gear SolarProof® to keep it in prime condition. You can buy our Camping Care Kit here and save 15% this month!

KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEATHER
We all know that weather in the UK is changeable. Even on the most glorious of days, we can be hit unexpectedly with a thunderstorm or downpour out of nowhere. You should be prepared for anything when living life outdoors, so be sure to have your waterproofs to hand, plus some entertainment to keep yourself (and the children) amused should it rain and you are confined to your tent… If your waterproofs have not been cleaned in a while, then ensure they are ready for your trip by cleaning with Tech Wash® and re-proofing with TX.Direct® – you don’t want to end up cold and wet if you get caught in the rain.

PACK THE ESSENTIALS
Remember key items of kit! A torch for when you need to navigate to the toilets in the dark of night; bin bags to ensure you take all your rubbish away when you pack up; a first aid kit in case of any scrapes or bumps; camping chairs to relax comfortably outside of your tent; cutlery and cooking utensils when cooking over your campfire; wet wipes for easy cleaning; sunscreen and insect repellent; and, a mallet to help get tent pegs into hard ground, are some of the key pieces we recommend.

 SWITCH OFF
We all spend a lot of time on our phones and laptops, connected to a digital world where hours can just fly by…. Take the time to put your devices down and just enjoy the simple power of nature. Stop and listen to the birds singing, get up early to watch the sunrise whilst other campers sleep, take long walks to explore your surroundings… Quite simply, take time to yourself – being outside is so beneficial for our physical and mental wellbeing!

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How to camp like a pro with Ben Phillips, Nikwax Product Feedback Executive

Since the boom in sales of camping gear in 2020, people are continuing to plan holidays and time away ‘under canvas’, with the Camping and Caravanning Club reporting that Easter 2022 bookings are up 33% on Easter 2019*. If you are thinking of getting away from it all, take a leaf out of Ben’s book and be as prepared as possible. Here, he shares his top camping preparation tips…

With spring in the air and the days getting longer, what better time to dig your tent out of its winter hibernation? I need to do that again after a busy 2021 enjoying several camping trips with my children, and I’ll be glad I did. There’s always something that needs fixing or replacing, and making sure the rest of the family are comfortable when we arrive at our destination is, of course, more relaxing for me! We’re off to the Gower in Wales this July, with several other adventures away planned between June and September.

Size can be everything…
Making sure your tent is suitable for your needs can make or break your holiday. For family campers, being sure you have enough space for all the gear you want to take away, as well as some space for the little ones to play in if it’s cold or wet, is essential. We all hope for great weather but, as we know here in the UK, we’re not always lucky! For those travelling light, ensuring there is sufficient space for you (and any friends) plus packs, will ensure a worry-free night’s sleep. I’ve heard stories of campers who have purchased a compact, lightweight tent, only to find there’s not enough room in it to keep their backpacks and footwear safe and dry.

Always check your tent before heading off…
It sounds obvious, but, if the tent is new, practise putting it up! If it has been used before, check for any areas that are mouldy or have been damaged by wet/dirt that may have been trapped when it was last packed away. Treating your tent in advance with Nikwax products suitable for synthetic or cotton materials will not only ensure your tent is fresh and clean when you reach your destination, they will also provide added protection against both wet weather and higher levels of UV rays.

  • Tent & Gear SolarWash® cleans synthetic and canvas tents, removing all the dirt that masks durable water repellency. It prepares tents for re-proofing and has the added benefit of providing UV protection.
  • Tent & Gear SolarProof® is the reliable way to add water repellency to synthetic tents (even from new). It increases the tear strength by protecting the fabric from harmful UV rays and doubles the useable lifetime of your gear.
  • Cotton Proof waterproofs canvas tents and equipment, improving the fabric tear strength and extending the useable lifetime of gear.

Other things to check include…

  • Tent pegs – are there still enough, are any damaged, are they adequate for the conditions or environment you’ll be camping in?
  • Poles – are any damaged or bent? Poles can split or show signs of wear after time, so regular checks are important (if you have an air tent, check for leaks in advance!).
  • Tent floor – check for any small holes or tears that you can repair before you leave.

When you’re there…
If you have room to take one, laying down a tarpaulin or ground sheet first is a great way to add extra protection to your tent floor, plus it acts as a clean storage area for any part of the tent that doesn’t have flooring. It’s also a good idea to pitch your tent on a gentle slope, if possible – just a couple of degrees can help prevent water from building up inside it during wet conditions. Its sensible to avoid setting up camp directly underneath trees, which can be risky in windy weather.

For extra comfort, pack a pillow (or a small storage bag that can double as one) and make sure your sleeping bags will be warm enough for your destination. Remember too that the ventilation points on your tents are not there for decoration – use them to prevent moisture build up but bear the weather conditions in mind.

Finally…

  • Even for the most lightweight of camping trips, take a pack of cards!
  • Pre-prepare some meals – spaghetti Bolognese, tortilla wraps, and even custard can be warmed through in a pan and will make your life a lot easier.
  • Twist any tape-type guy lines a few times as this stops them from ‘clapping’ together in the wind and keeping you awake.
  • The famous five: tea bags, tea towel, clothes pegs, biodegradable wet wipes and a torch are all little things that make a BIG difference when camping.
  • Leave no trace. Always take a bin bag so you can dispose of your rubbish responsibly or take it home and remember to thoroughly check the camp site before you leave to ensure you’ve left nothing behind.
  • Even if you only camp once a year, make a checklist of everything you need and keep it safe for reference next time. You can always add any items you’ve forgotten so you don’t forget them again.

Happy camping!

*Zoe Wood, The Guardian online 22.02.22

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Is this the secret to sleeping well on the campsite?

We take a look into Coleman’s revolutionary BlackOut Bedroom technology.

Every camper has been there – roused from their slumber several hours too early by bright sunlight streaming through the flysheet. And, if that’s not enough to disturb you, then proceeding to become increasingly hot and uncomfortable as the temperature outside warms up.  If the lack of lie-ins is almost enough to put you off embracing the many joys of a camping holiday, then fear not. Coleman is here to help.

In 2016, the camping expert revolutionised our nights under canvas with the launch of its innovative BlackOut Bedroom technology. Now featured across many of its family and active tents, this clever system not only blocks out 99% of light to help you sleep peacefully whenever you want, but it also helps control the temperature inside. But, how does it work?

The term ‘black-out’ is thrown around regularly but Coleman’s BlackOut Bedroom technology truly lives up to its name and is capable of keeping even the brightest light at bay. If you want to see for yourself, check out their video below to see the tech make light work of a 3000 lumen floodlight:

 

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The patented technology works by combining two clever design features…

First up, a dark, PU-coating on the underside of the flysheet helps to block almost all ambient light from entering the bedrooms.  As this coating is localised to the tent’s sleeping area, the rest of the tent’s interior remains nicely bright and airy, ensuring optimum practicality in your campsite home-from-home.

This clever flysheet technology has one extra trick up its sleeve too. By absorbing and storing energy from the sun, it keeps the interior of the tent bedroom up to 5 degrees cooler during the day, and up to 1 degree warmer overnight, perfect for enjoying 40-winks in a dark, temperate environment at any point during the day.

The technology doesn’t stop there though. For even greater comfort and light reduction, the BlackOut Bedrooms themselves are made from a dark, breathable fabric that helps further minimise the amount of light, while ensuring the interior has a good level of ventilation for a comfortable sleep.

So, whether it’s keeping the kids in their normal sleeping routine while camping, or treating yourself to a well-earned lie-in, with a Coleman BlackOut Bedroom tent, you decide when it’s time to let the light in. 

Sound good? Explore our full range of Coleman BlackOut Bedroom tent HERE

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Tents can last twice their effective lifetime with Nikwax®!

You may be starting to think about unpacking and dusting off your camping gear ready for this year’s outdoor adventures.  However, will your tent be ready for the new season ahead? If you don’t take good care of it, your tent could start to degrade, with weakened fabric and the chance of it getting damp inside which can lead to mildew. However, it is easy to look after and save your tent from the risk of ending up in landfill – which we all know is not good for the environment.

Just follow our trusty guide below to the aftercare that will keep your tent in top condition. By using Nikwax aftercare, your tent can last twice its effective lifetime!

Synthetic tents need specialist aftercare because their fabric is especially vulnerable to ultraviolet (UV) light – just 2 weeks continuous exposure can reduce tear strength by 50%! UV rays also destroy the durable water repellent (DWR) coating on the tent’s outer fabric, which could ultimately result in you getting wet inside!

Cotton /canvas tents are also a popular choice for tents, with cotton being a naturally strong and hard-wearing material. However, cotton fabrics are susceptible to water – they easily absorb it, which causes weight gain and the fabric can take a long time to dry out. Not ideal if you are camping in bad weather!

Nikwax tent aftercare will maintain high performance, so you can sleep in the great outdoors and stay dry and comfortable!

Keep your synthetic or cotton/canvas tent clean with Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarWash®.

  • Dirt and other contaminants that compromise a tent’s DWR are efficiently removed, so the water repellency is revived.
  • The safe, water-based formula increases the fabric’s resistance to UV light.
  • Easy-to-use by hand as a spray-on, Tent & Gear SolarWash can be used up to three times to clean and revitalise the DWR of a tent before re-proofing is required.
  • Use approximately 50ml of product for 1m2 of fabric.
  • Spray evenly to the outside and rub in with a damp cloth – paying attention to any really dirty areas.
  • Rinse with clean water and, if not reproofing, ensure the tent is completely dry before packing it away.
  • Tent & Gear SolarWash can be used on both synthetic tents and cotton/canvas tents.

Over time, and through use, the DWR on synthetic tents wears off and needs to be replenished. When Tent & Gear SolarWash no longer revives the DWR on your synthetic tent, then it is time to reproof.

Keep your synthetic tent protected from the rain and UV rays with Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof®.

  • Tent & Gear SolarProof® provides an effective water repellent finish to ensure tents maintain their performance, keeping you warm and dry when camping.
  • It also provides UV protection.
  • To get the most from this product, apply it to your tent from new; although older tents also benefit from its high performance protection – especially when used with Tent & Gear SolarWash.
  • You can apply it by hand to wet or dry fabrics.
  • Use approximately 50ml of product per 1m2 of fabric.
  • Spray evenly to the outer fabric and leave for 2 minutes.
  • Remove any surplus with a damp cloth and check that no areas have been missed.
  • After several minutes check again and remove any surplus.
  • The DWR will develop upon drying and your tent should be thoroughly dried before packing it away.
  • Tent & Gear SolarProof can also be applied to synthetic rucksacks and bike panniers (avoid rucksack straps).

When Tent & Gear SolarWash no longer revives the DWR on your cotton/canvas tent, then you need to reproof it.

Keep your cotton/canvas tent protected with Nikwax Cotton Proof.

  • Cotton Proof is specifically designed for use on cotton, polycotton and canvas.
  • Easily applied by hand, Cotton Proof should be diluted before being applied to tents (add 1 part product to 9 parts water and mix well).
  • Cotton Proof can be applied to wet or dry fabric using a brush or sponge – all areas should be covered and you should ensure the product penetrates the surface of the fabric.
  • Remove any surplus product with a damp cloth.
  • Check the fabric after several minutes and remove any further surplus with a damp cloth.
  • A flexible water repellent treatment is left on the individual fibres and will develop upon air drying; moisture vapour can then pass through the fabric, maintaining breathability of the cotton/canvas, and optimising its performance in wet weather.
  • Ensure your tent is fully dry before it packing away.
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Camping With a Conscience

This summer, thousands of tents will be left for landfill as festival goers choose to discard cheap or broken camping gear rather than pack it up and take it home. 

At last year’s Glastonbury Festival, more than 1,000 volunteers were drafted in to clear up the mess left behind – costing organisers around £785,000 for a clean-up that lasted six weeks.

That’s despite organisers asking their 200,000 festival-goers to sign up to a new “Love the Farm, Leave no Trace” pledge that includes the promise, “I will take all my belongings home with me again, including my tent and camping equipment”.

It’s an issue that’s inspired a company called Camplight – who salvage abandoned tents, clean and repair them and then rent them out, pre-pitched at other festivals to people who don’t want the hassle of having to pitch and then pack up their own gear. We spoke to its Founder, Kieran Van Den Bosch, about the difference they’re trying to make:

What prompted you to set up Camplight?
“I was born in East Pennard within a mile of the fence of Glastonbury festival. I attended every year as a child, then as a teenager, and I watched people start leaving tents in the 90’s. The problem kept getting worse and as kids we used to go around on Monday looking for what we could find.

“Later in life I learned more about climate change and resource depletion. I also had jobs in packaging and recycling for a few years, which led to a real interest in sustainable design and the circular economy. I realised there are already simple, effective and obvious solutions to the problems we have – all that was needed was a change in design and intention. 

“I decided to start solving one problem on my doorstep in Pennard with this thinking, and so I began to do what I used to do as a kid, and pack away discarded tents on Monday. All they needed was a good fix and clean then they can all be reused”.

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How does Camplight work?
“Customers simply book through our website at www.camplight.co.uk. Then all they have to do is get to the event they booked at, find our campsite and be welcomed by our staff.  Their tent will be ready and waiting for them with all the furnishings and extras they booked. 

“They don’t need to store or carry any heavy tent or camp equipment. They can travel with friends or on the train or bus. Our slogan is Camplight, Travel Light, Sleep Tight.

“Our prices are the lowest of the pre-pitched because our aim is to stop people buying and bringing cheap throw away festival tents to the site in the first place.  We are set up to stop tents going to landfill and when we succeed there will be no more need for this business model because pre-pitched tents at festivals will be the norm!”

What products do you use to prolong the life of your tents and why?
“We do many fixes like pole fixes, rips, zips and peg loops. We are learning new ways of fixing them all the time and now have trained tent mechanics who have a repertoire of tools and accessories at their fingertips to help campers in distress. 

“We have tent cleaning and drying facilities back at the orchard in Pennard where we do lots of the work and we use Nixwax Tech Wash and SolarProof products regularly to keep tents fit for rental and water tight in a storm.

“What normally gets our tents in the end is degradation from the UV rays in the sun damaging the outer fly of the tent. Nikwax SolarProof is the only product we use to protect against that inevitable fate. I’m six years in to the business and it was only last year that I ended up deconstructing quite a few of the tents I collected in 2012 for other uses.”

How does Camplight make a difference to the environmental impact of a festival?
“Camplight aims to reduce environmental impact of events in two ways.  Firstly with resources and secondly with CO2 from travel.

“Every tent we have has been directly saved from land fill, that’s a fact.  Many people seem to believe that the abandoned tents left at festivals are picked up by charity or someone else. This is not true. If they were then waste contractors wouldn’t use a bulldozer to clear them. We have collected about 600 tents over the five years of operation, but we are one of the biggest single operations and we have not scratched the surface. 

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“Over 250,000 tents are left at UK events each year. This all contributes to the 23,000 tonnes of waste from events each year. Less than 30 per cent of that waste is recycled, let alone reused. Each tent we hire prevents one from going to landfill, potentially another one being bought from a shop and hence forth the possibility of another one being left in the field. 

“Secondly CO2:  Travel to events typically constitutes about 80 per cent of the CO2 blown into the atmosphere by a UK festival. That is another reason we want to enable more people to take public transport and car shares to events. This is the only sure-fire way to reduce that target quickly, plus of course people no longer will need to carry big bags of tent equipment to festivals. 

“We market our services mainly to green travellers and give away free tents to cyclists and even swimmers (as in when people swim across the Solent to the Isle of Wight for Bestival). 

This is why our slogan is Camplight, Travel Light, Sleep Tight.”

Nikwax Tent & Gear Solar Proof
Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof is a safe and easy to use, high performance waterproofing and UV blocker for weatherproof textiles, including tents. It adds durable water repellency, increases fabric strength, protects against UV deterioration and extends the lifespan of fabrics.

Tents and rucksacks are often made from lightweight, synthetic fabrics which can be very vulnerable to sunlight. Ultraviolet rays can destroy the water repellency of a tent or rucksack and reduce the tear strength of its fabric. By applying Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof you can double the effective lifetime of your equipment, thereby saving both the environment and your pocket.

 

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Interview with Camping and Caravanning – care for your camping gear

As we look forward to the Easter holidays and a chance to get back onto the campsite, Nikwax interviewed keen campers, Camping and Caravanning magazine, to bring you the best advice on how to look after your tent this season. Stuart Kidman, Editor of Camping and Caravanning – the official magazine of The Friendly Club – explains how best to care for your camping gear for this year’s breaks.

Stuart, we’re all in the midst of digging out our tents and camping equipment in preparation for the Easter holidays. How and where should we have stored all of our gear over the winter to ensure it’s at its best?
If you want your kit to last a decent amount of time, you should ensure before retiring it for the season that it has been washed, or at least cleaned, and then crucially it must be dried thoroughly. It needs to be stored in a dry environment, away from any possible damp or pests. I store mine in the garage on some steel shelving units, which helps keep items like my tents and sleeping bags fresh for when I dig them out again after some time off. A shed or the loft is a good alternative to stash things. It also doesn’t hurt to stow kit in plastic bin liners, which will help protect it further.

Before we set off on our first camping trip of the year, what should we do with our tent and sleeping bag?
Give them a good airing. If they’ve been stored for a few months without use, they could be a bit musty, and it’s essential to check they haven’t been damaged by anything without your knowledge. You’re much better off finding any nasty surprises when you’re still at home, rather than discovering them at your campsite.

How long do you tend to keep your camping equipment and gear before replacing it?
Really good equipment can last for years, if cared for properly. Three or four of my ‘go-to’ camping items are things I’ve had for several years, and they’ve stood the test of time. But I’ve made sure to look after them by cleaning them and reproofing when necessary. Like more or less anything in life, you get what you pay for. Better kit costs more and is easier to look after in the long term, while less expensive kit might only be good for limited use before it needs replacing.

Why use a protection product like Nikwax’s Tent and Gear Solarproof®? 
With kit care, you need to know the product you’re using is actually going to have the desired effect. What I like about Nikwax is that the company has more than 40 years’ experience in this sector, so I know the people behind its products design them carefully to specifically benefit tent campers and hikers like me. Plus I think it’s particularly good that the products are not harmful to the environment, which I know is important to a lot of campers. I wouldn’t clean or care for any of my camping kit with a product that I didn’t know was trusted in the camping world.

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If we do have a good summer, is it important to protect your tent from the sun as well as the wind and the rain?
All kit, no matter how good it is or how much money you spent on it, will degrade over time and that means it might lose its water repellency or the fabric may start to fade under the effects of UV exposure. Using reproofing and solar care products could add years to the life of your tent by protecting it from the effects of UV light and ensuring the fabric stays waterproof, especially around the seams, where leaks are most common. There’s different types of care solution for different tent fabrics too, so it’s great to know there’s a product for every occasion.

After each camping trip, how should we look after our tent and equipment – bearing in mind we might want to get it back out again before the end of the season?
I try to make sure my tent goes back in one bag with all the pegs, poles and guy lines stuffed inside. It would be a small disaster to arrive on site without any one element of my tent, and these things are easy to forget about when stowing it away for a long period. If a pole breaks or a peg goes missing, I do my best to replace or repair it straight away; otherwise the odds are I’ll forget about it. Caring for the tent in between camping trips becomes a bit of a habit after a while and ensures my next trip goes all the smoother when it comes around.

What if you have had to pack up in the rain?
We live in Britain, so of course we’re going to have pack up in the rain from time to time. The most important thing is to make sure the tent is thoroughly dry before you stow it away. I carry a large dry bag with me on camping trips which provides a great place to throw the tent if it’s wet. That way I can quickly get out of the rain and not have to worry about rolling the tent up in a particular way to fit back into its regular bag. When I get home I check the forecast for a sunny day and leave the tent out all day to dry, or if it continues to rain, I hook it over some clothes airers in the garage for a couple of days. In more extreme cases, when a big tent has been utterly soaked, I’ve spread it out on my kitchen floor and used a dehumidifier to dry it within a few hours.

Where are you heading off to this Easter? Any trips under canvas planned?
Where to start? I have plans to visit the Cairngorms and Loch Ness soon, but I may end up in Dorset instead! I love the area around Charmouth and Lyme Regis, so I will probably encourage the family to join me there for hopefully a spot of sunshine on our Charmouth Club Site.

And what’s your number one top care tip for camping in a tent?
When you come to pack the tent away, hopefully in the dry, make sure you use the poles’ weight to roll the fabric up. Fold the tent widthways in such a way that it matches the poles’ length, then roll from the back of the tent to the front. The poles weigh the fabric down as you roll, keeping the whole package compact and making it much easier to get back in the bag!

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Look after your tent and it will look after you!

The camping season is beginning, with longer, warmer and drier days enticing people to pitch up outdoors. However, your tent needs to be kept in good condition to keep you dry while sleeping under the stars.

Tents are usually made from synthetic fabrics that have been coated with a water repellent finish. However, the sun and rain destroys this coating, weakening the fabrics tear strength and potentially allowing water to get in. After two weeks of continuous exposure to the sun’s UV rays, the fabric can lose half its strength.

The best protection for your tent and other synthetic-made gear like rucksacks, camera bags and bike panniers, is Nikwax Concentrated Tent & Gear SolarProof. Its specialist formula could double the life of your tent or equipment by protecting the fabric against harmful UV rays, whilst adding water repellency.

If you have purchased a new tent, we advise applying Concentrated Tent & Gear SolarProof straight away for added protection. Older tents will likely be dirty so clean them with a diluted solution of Nikwax Tech Wash before applying Tent & Gear SolarProof. There’s no need to wait for your tent to dry before applying Tent & Gear SolarProof as it can be added to either wet or dry fabrics.

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Here’s our easy step-by-step guide to protecting your tent with Tent & Gear SolarProof:

  1. Either erect the tent, or protect a working surface and lay the item flat.
  2. Rinse off dirt with clean water. For mud and stains, clean with a diluted solution of Nikwax Tech Wash.
  3. Apply Tent & Gear SolarProof by hand with a sponge, brush or spray.

If using concentrated Tent & Gear SolarProof, dilute the 150ml pouch in 350ml of water and mix well. (Or use 2 parts product to 5 parts water).

  1. Wait for 2 minutes and remove any surplus product with a damp cloth.
  2. Air dry ensuring your tent is fully dry before packing it away.

Dependent upon the condition of the fabric you should look at using approximately 50ml of product per 1m2 of fabric. A 500ml bottle of Tent & Gear SolarProof will therefore cover approx. 10m2.

Check out our video of how to apply Tent & Gear SolarProof here

If you have a canvas tent, then you should use Nikwax Cotton Proof instead of Tent & Gear SolarProof.

Your tent is now ready for your next camping adventure!

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Clean, waterproof and protect your tent and gear for the 2013 camping season

Cleaning your tent
Around this time of year one of our most frequently asked questions is: Should I regularly clean my tent and if so, what’s the best way to do it? The answer quite simply is yes, cleaning your tent will remove dirt and dust that could inhibit the tent’s waterproofing ability. The quickest, easiest and safest way to clean your tent is to put it up and sponge it down using a diluted solution of Nikwax Tech Wash.
How to clean your tent with Tech Wash:

  1. In a clean bucket, add three full capfuls (medium/hard water areas) or two capfuls (soft water areas) of Tech Wash to six litres of warm water.
  2. Sponge the solution over the tent to remove all dirt. Repeat if required.
  3. Hose or sponge down the tent with clean water to wash off all the cleaning solution.

Protecting and waterproofing your tent
After cleaning, or if your tent is brand new, use Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof to add Durable Water Repellency and to protect the fabric against UV degradation. The product is easy to apply and just one application could double the effective life of your tent!

How to protect your tent with Tent & Gear SolarProof: 

  1. Erect tent and rinse down with clean water
  2. Spray, sponge or brush Tent & Gear SolarProof evenly to the outside of the tent fabric.
  3. Wait for 2 minutes. Remove any surplus product with a damp cloth.
  4. Check carefully to ensure no areas have been missed.
  5. Allow to air dry and ensure the tent is fully dried before packing away.

Check out our video from Nikwax’s Luis Brown on how to apply Tent & Gear SolarProof.Click Here

Did you know?
Tent & Gear SolarProof is ideal for waterproofing and protecting all synthetic weatherproof textiles, so alongside tents it can be used on awnings, marquees, rucksacks, panniers and camera bags.