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Camping Swag Maintenance: Tips For Keeping Your Swag in Top Condition

Camping Swag Maintenance: Tips For Keeping Your Swag in Top Condition

When it comes to camping equipment, reliability is everything. Sure, when you invest in quality items from trusted brands like DARCHE, you know your camping swag, rooftop awning or 4-person tent is built to last. But even premium products need a little love to make sure they stay in top condition. Today we’re talking about our top tips for maintaining your swag.

Tip #1: Season Your New Swag

Most people don’t realise that after you buy a swag in New Zealand, Australia or online, it needs to be seasoned, also known as weathering. No, we’re not talking about a spice mix. Seasoning your camping swag involves soaking it in water to seal any holes and ensure it’s completely waterproof. The easiest way to season your camping swag is with a garden hose on a low setting and a spray bottle for those hard-to-reach spots. Erect the frame and soak the swag then leave it to dry in direct sunlight or a well-ventilated area.

Tip #2: Clean Off Debris After Every Use

Enjoying the outdoors in a swag in NZ or your favourite local spot also means getting covered in a bit of mud, dust and dirt. But spot-cleaning your camping swag after every use protects the canvas and prevents mould and bad odours. Household detergents and cleaning sprays can degrade the material over time, so a simple bucket of water, a sponge and some elbow grease will get the job done.

Tip #3: Dry It Out Before Packing Up

Swags protect you from the elements, but it also means they get damp and dirty. Not allowing your swag to completely dry can lead to mould. You should always open the vents or windows during the day to air it out and help it dry, especially before you pack up and go home.

Tip #4: Store In A Dry & Well-Ventilated Area

Once your camping swag is clean, it’s time to store it in a dry place until next time. If you have a breathable storage bag, preferably the one provided by DARCHE, use it. This allows air circulation while protecting the swag from dust and insects. Avoid storing in plastic bags, as these can trap moisture.

Also, ensure the storage area is free from rodents or pests that could damage the material. Proper storage not only extends the life of your swag but also ensures it’s ready and in prime condition for your next outdoor adventure.

Tip #5: Repair Rips & Tears

All DARCHE camping swags are made from heavy-duty Ripstop Polycotton Canvas, so rips and tears are highly uncommon. However, if you do notice any damage, get it repaired as soon as possible so a small hole doesn’t become a big one. Plus DARCHE swags come with up to a 4-year warranty, so we’ll happily replace or repair any issues that are subject to faulty manufacturing or workmanship.

Caring for your DARCHE swag doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With these simple yet effective maintenance tips, you can ensure that your swag remains in top condition for many camping trips to come

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