Drying and storing your canvas tent

It is essential to ensure the longevity of your tipi that it is properly dry before being packed away.

If taking the tipi down in the morning, or early afternoon even on a hot day because of the morning dew when taking a tipi down you may notice that the bottom of the tipi is damp and this will more often that not be the case for the liner skirt.

If you have time, every time you take the tipi down you should lay it out so that you can give the chance for the bottom of the tipi and the liner skirt to dry.

Always ensure that the tipi is bone dry before storing it, you should store the tipi out of its container as this alows the canvas to breath, the larger you can store your canvas the better. If storing for a long period you should brush off any mud or grime as this is where mold will grow.

For tipis up for a long period of time, especially over the winter you should periodically light a fire to ensure that it stays well dry. You should also take down the liner to give the skirt a chance to dry or uncover the skirt (from the underneath the ground sheet) to ensure that it does not rot.

If you follow these steps your tipi should remain mold and damp free. If mildew has occurred the best way of tackling this is to use a combination of salt, white wine vinegar and lemon juice. You should lay the canvas out in the sun and scrub it with this solution.

Poles are best stored indoors but you can store them standing, or flat on pallets covered in a tarpaulin. Ensure that tarpaulin is not too tightly wrapped as you need to  air flow to continue other wise the moisture escaping from your poles may cauase them to rot.