How to Waterproof a Tent

There comes a time in any tent’s life when it just can’t keep up with all your gallivanting about any more. It’s tired, weary, and this is starting to show on its ageing exterior. Poor thing.

But luckily, you can now refresh, revive and revitalise it back to health with help from Trespass Cleaning and Proofing products.

To do this, you should treat your tent to a spa day at least once every few years to keep it in tip-top condition. Follow the simple step-by-step guide below for more information on how to reproof your tent.

Before you reproof your tent

It’s always good practice to check your tent’s waterproof protection before any upcoming camping trips.

The best way to check your tent’s need for reproofing is to test it yourself using a water spray. If the water isn’t beading on the outside of the tent, or you notice it soaking through in places (tent-enthusiasts call this ‘wetting out’), then it could probably do with a little TLC: tent love and care.

If it becomes visibly noticeable that the coating on your tent is flaking off, this is also a sign that you should consider re-proofing it.

If you notice moisture or water beading at the roof of your tent, however, this is condensation, and should not be confused with ‘wetting out’. Make sure to vent your tent before taking any leak precautions.

There is no need to reproof a new tent, however, as most tents come rainfall-ready, featuring both waterproof fabric and taped seams, which will see you through a good few uses.

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How to re waterproof a tent

Step 1:

And this is the most important step – purchase a waterproofing spray suitable for tents from our Cleaning and Proofing range.

While you’re at it, why not take a look at the cleaning and proofing products for your jackets, boots and other Trespass gear, too. You may as well give all your outdoor items a little rejuvenation while you’re at it! And we’ve already written a handy re-proofing guide for jackets, too.

Step 2:

When it comes round to the time your tent needs reproofing, pick a warm and dry day if possible. Or for any Scots, just a dry day will do.

Next, you want to spread the tent out for maximum access to all parts. Most prefer just to pitch it, though we all know what a faff this can be. If you’re unsure on how to pitch your tent, tune-in to our YouTube channel for easy-to-follow step-by-step videos.

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Step 3:

Depending on the spray or proofing product you decide to use, your tent will either need to be wet or dry for application, although some can do both.

For best results, rinse the tent fabric with water to remove any dirt. If using a dry-application proofing product, then leave the tent to dry before moving on to Step 4.

When using a wet-application spray such as the Nikwax Tent & Gear Solarwash, however, there’s no need to dry before treatment.

Step 4:

Work your way around the tent panel by panel to ensure maximum coverage with your reproofer. Simply apply the tent proofing product or waterproofing spray evenly to the tent fabric using a spray, brush or sponge.

Take care to wipe off any surplus product with a damp cloth as you go along.

Leave your tent to dry as per the instructions on the bottle. We recommend giving the tent at least 24 hours for this, as no one likes to be rushed – not even inanimate objects.

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And voila! Your much-loved tent is good as new.

For a more in-depth, detailed guide on How To Reproof A Tent, check out our YouTube video below

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Written by: Natalie Green