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PRODUCT CARE & STORAGE

TENTS

How do I clean my tent?

Proper cleaning and storage of your Woods tent will help prolong its life. Follow the steps below 


1. Before storing your tent, set it up and inspect it. Look for any damage, pulled seams, broken zippers, holes or mildew. Woods warranty covers pulled seams or broken zippers (manufacturer defects).Once you have done a complete inspection of your tent, clean all the dust and dirt marks with a sponge, mild soap, and tepid water. 

2. Rinse with a clean wet sponge. Allow the tent to dry thoroughly before dismantling it. Do not soak your tent, and never machine-wash it. 

3. Wipe down your tent poles with a clean sponge or towel. Salt can corrode them, and dirt on the poles stored with your tent can encourage mildew growth. Also, be sure the shock cord in your poles are dry before storing. 

4. Run a dry toothbrush over the zippers to ensure the zipper teeth stay clean and prevent them from failing.

5. Store the tent in a cool, dry place.

What if my tent has a musty odor?

A musty odour from the tent fabric can indicate mildew formation. Mildew requires a dark, warm, moist environment to grow and reproduce. Mildew penetrates the urethane coating of the tent fabric, and grows between the tent fabric and the coating, eventually destroying the fabric.Should mildew begin to form, set up the tent and clean it with a sponge and warm soapy water, then rinse with a clean sponge. Next, sponge-wipe the tent with a solution of 1/2 cup Lysol and 1 gallon of hot water. Leave the solution on the fabric and allow it to dry. Then, mix 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of concentrated lemon juice with 1 gallon of hot water. Rub the solution into the visible mildew and once again, allow it to dry.

SLEEPING BAGS

What is the best way to store my sleeping bag?

To keep your Woods sleeping bag lasting for years to come, we recommend you follow the steps: 


1. Store your sleeping bag in a large nylon / mesh bag (instead of a stuff or compression sack) to maintain the bag’s loft throughout it’s lifespan. Storing your sleeping bag in a small stuff sack constricts the insulation and may be harmful for an extended amount of time. 

2. When not using your sleeping bag, store in a cool, dry place. If the bag is stored when wet or damp, you increase the chances of mildew growth 

3. The most efficient way to dry your sleeping bag is air-dry outside, avoiding direct exposure to sun. When drying, turn the bag inside out, this allows for the insulation to dry more rapidly though the lining materials as well as helping to freshening the sleeping bag.Run a dry toothbrush over the zippers to ensure the zipper teeth stay clean and prevent them from failing.

How do I wash my sleeping bag?

Sometimes all your sleeping bag needs is a spot cleaning and not a full wash. Washing your sleeping bag subjects it to wear and tear and can decrease the loft, we recommend spot cleaning as your first line of defense.

Make a paste of a little non-detergent soap and water and use a toothbrush to gently clean the shell. Focus on the hood and collar where your hair and skin oils tent to accumulate. By holding the shell or liner fabric away from the insulation, you can wash and rinse the area without getting the inside fill wet.

Unless your bag has become unusually dirty, you can typically go many years before a complete wash. 


If you feel it’s time to wash your sleeping bag, please follow these steps: 

Woods recommends that you use a commercial sized, front loading washing machine to wash your synthetic sleeping bag.

  1. Make sure your washing machine is front-loading with a gentle cycle. Top-loading machines with a central agitator can cause damage to your bag.
  2. Close all zipper on your bag.
  3. Wash in warm water with a mild non-detergent soap that is made for synthetic-filled items. Wash in warm water on a gentle cycle.
  4. Rinse several times to remove all the dirty, soapy water. An extra spin cycle will also effectively remove excess water.
  5. Line dry or tumble dry on no heat. Drying might take up to several hours.
  6. During the drying process check the bag frequently to be sure the fabric is not getting too hot.
  7. Be sure your bag is completely dry before storing.