The Kingpin is back again to let you know that if you are the proud owner of a beautiful party tent, then you’d better listen up!
Party tents are a great investment for personal use, especially if you like to entertain guests and hold parties outdoors. However, the good ones are far from cheap and you will want to be able use them for as long as possible and keep using them for as long as you can manage!
If you haven't done so already, you can go grab yourself a brand-spanking-new party tent for all your upcoming events and backyard bashes RIGHT HERE. Once you do have one though, you're going to want to keep it at an optimum level!
The fact remains: outdoor event tents are made to be waterproof and durable, but they can still deteriorate--and pretty fast if you don’t take care of them properly.
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1. Make sure that you clean your tent thoroughly before you store it.
Make sure that it is free of dirt, grime, and stains before putting it away. Even if you regularly take down your party tent after use, it will still deteriorate quite quickly if you don’t clean it before you store it.
2. Make sure the tent is completely dry.
The worst thing you can do to your party tent is to store it wet. Water is a natural solvent, so folding your tent and trapping the water inside is going to eat away at the fabric, the poles, and anything else in there. You will also be breeding a colony of mold and mildew that will be hard and unpleasant to remove, if at all possible.
3. Clean your tent if you need to keep it set up for longer than usual.
If you have several events happening over a short period, you may not want to go through the trouble of installing and dismantling your tent every time. It is okay to keep it up as is as long as you clean it regularly and remove any leaves or debris that may accumulate on the vinyl canopy before they have time to settle in.
4. Quickly repair any damage to the tent, no matter how small.
Pinholes and small cuts are very likely to get much bigger, especially if they are in areas that require a lot of stretching and pulling. You can easily repair small holes and tears on the fly. Keep liquid vinyl handy and address the problem as soon as you notice it.
5. Dismantle your party tent as soon as the party is over.
Prolonged exposure to the elements (sun, rain, wind) can really do a number on your tent, so if you mean to make it a permanent fixture in your backyard, expect that it will have a short life span.
6. Use only mild or neutral detergents.
Strong detergents often contain bleach or other solvents than can just melt away the vinyl and make plastic components of the tent brittle. If you really need a chlorine-based cleaner (i.e. to get rid of mildew) then make sure that you remove every trace of it from the tent’s surfaces.
7. Cleaning tools are abrasive.
It can be tempting to give that bad boy a real vigorous scrubbing to get rid of tough dirt, but you could be weakening the integrity of the vinyl. This can lead to simple surface damage that will get worse over time. Use a car sponge instead, and use special cleaners for particularly difficult stains.
8. Not all stains can be removed using mild soap.
The following are recommended for specific stains:
TYPE OF STAIN
Hardwater, rust, and mineral stains
Tent pole stains
Sticky residue from glue, tar, duct tape, oil, etc.
Crepe paper or confetti stains
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9. Observe proper installation and dismantling techniques.
Most event tents are relatively easy to install, especially if you bothered to label them the first time you installed them so you know which part goes where. They are even easier to dismantle. However, excessively rough-handling or dragging the components over a rough surface can do a lot of damage to your tent. You don’t have to handle it with kid gloves, but taking reasonable care during installation and dismantling can keep your tent looking like new for much longer. It also saves you time and money by minimizing the need for repairs and replacements.
10. Be wary of strong winds and the elements.
Even if your party tent is a really good, sturdy one, it can sustain considerable damage when the wind blows hard enough. A really strong gust can even carry it off! If the weather turns for the worst, dismantle your party tent until it, er... blows over.
11. Wrap all of your party tent components in plastic.
The best way to keep your wedding tent as intact as possible between uses is to encase them in industrial plastic wrap. You can even group the poles and connectors per section together to make it easier to install the next time you use them. Wrapping them in plastic makes them easier to move around, and it keeps bugs and rodents from moving in.
BONUS TIP: Always make sure that your tent is stored in a dry area.
Two of a party tent’s biggest enemies are mold and mildew. Dirt and moisture can be a breeding ground for these, so it is important to keep them from forming in the first place. This will prolong the life span of your tent and keep it looking like you had just brought it home from the store each time you set it up. Keep things dry and you will thank the Kingpin later!
A party tent can make any occasion seem extra special without spending a lot of money, especially if you take the trouble to decorate it yourself in creative ways.
However, maintaining it and keeping it in pristine condition can be a bit of a pain, so in many instances party tent owners end up with a sad-looking thing that has seen better days. DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!
Some prefer to rent party tents when they need them rather than own them, and that is definitely more convenient but for the practical tent owner, it is infinitely preferable to DIY, save money and be tent-proud.
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Here are a couple of event tent cleaning videos the Kingpin sourced on the almighty YouTube. Check them out for a few more ideas on how to get your party tent nice and squeaky clean for your next big bash!