Cleaning and storing your camping gear the right way will make a massive difference in your gear durability. Learn how to prolong the lifespan of your precious, and sometimes costly, camping gear with these three basic maintenance and storage tips!
As an essential piece of camping gear, your tent is a piece of equipment that requires a little TLC. Depending on the weather, there are a few things to pay attention to when packing up and cleaning your tent. On dry, sunny days, you can first use a damp cloth to clean the flysheet. Then, turn the inner tent inside out to get rid of any sand, twigs, dirt or insects trapped inside the tent in order to prevent anything piercing through the fabrics. Before rolling up the tent, lay the fabrics out flat on the ground to let moisture escape. It is also worth noting that folding in the same spot repeatedly can create creases that weaken and wear out the fabric. So it is best to fold it up differently each time, so the fabric and seams don’t go brittle.
If there has been a downpour, you can first put the muddy tent in a plastic bag. When you get home, clean the tent by rinsing away the mud with cold water and remove stubborn stains with neutral pH laundry detergent. Then, let the tent air dry in a well-ventilated spot. As for accessories like pegs and guy ropes, rinse the dirt away with cold water, wipe dry and store in a breathable bag, separate from the tent and flysheet to avoid puncturing the fabrics.
⦁ Sleeping Bag
During sleep, our bodies produce sweat and sebum, which get trapped in the sleeping bags. Proper treatment and cleaning procedure after each use is, therefore, crucial to prevent bacterial growth. Before rolling your sleeping bag away, air it out under the sun to eliminate built-up moisture and prevent mould from growing. Once home, use a damp cloth with neutral pH laundry detergent to clean the surface. If it calls for more in-depth cleaning, hand wash the sleeping bag with neutral pH laundry detergent, then let it air dry. When the sleeping bag is completely dry, “redistribute” clumped up fillings by patting with your hands.
However, washing a sleeping bag too often can take a toll on its ability to retain heat. Only deep clean when your sleeping bag starts to smell or has to be stored away when the camping season is over. Furthermore, down sleeping bags should not be machine washed. It is best to take them to a professional cleaning service. The ideal way to store sleeping bags is to lay them out flat or hang them up on a hook or with a clothes hanger. This can prolong the lifespan of your sleeping bag.
⦁ Camping Cookware
Cooking outdoors is perhaps one of the greatest joys of going camping. Proper cleaning is key to make your camping cookware last like it is intended to. When cleaning cookware like pots and cutleries, first remove oil and residues by soaking them in hot water. Once the water cools, drain it and boil another pot of water with a teabag in it to cut through any grease that is left on the pot. Then, wipe clean the cutleries and other cookware with the teabag. Dry everything with a soft cloth to prevent metal parts from getting scratched and rusting.
Keeping your stove clean is also really important. On top of cleaning off debris and drying the surfaces of your stove, it is also beneficial to check whether the port openings on the burner are clogged. Lastly, store your camping cookware in a dry, ventilated place to prevent rusting.
As summer approaches, it is time to store away your winter camping gear like tent heaters and down sleeping bags. Having trouble finding that storage space for your gear? Why not opt for a self-storage unit to give you that extra space at home? The Store House offers storage units of various sizes at affordable prices. All our storage facilities in the New Territories and Hong Kong Island are fitted with 24/7 CCTV surveillance, so you can rest assured that your precious camping gear is safe with us. For more information, contact us today.