Care for your Pad - Our Top 5 Tips!January 22, 2015 00:00
It's around this time of year most of us turn our thoughts to the exciting camping trips we're planning for the year ahead. As ever, we're looking forward to plenty of those soulful back garden campouts with the kids and The Glastonbury Festival.
Too often though, we hear from folks who have just left things too late, and come the Spring-time are faced with problems that could've so easily been avoided simply by engaging their senses earlier.
Here are our Top 5 Tips for caring for your SoulPad at this time of year: -
We know you checked on it already since packing it away at the end of the summer, but you will need to continue to check on your SoulPad to make sure the place you've stored it in is still a good place for it to be. As the seasons change, so too does the micro climate in your shed, garage or other area in which your SoulPad now finds itself.
You're looking to remove bugs, cobwebs and any other unwelcome debris (all kinds of stuff can blow into a shed through its ship-lap walls, vegetation can easily penetrate the walls too - conducting water to the inside, your SoulPad won't like any of this). Left unattended this debris can stain the canvas or even cause it to decay.
Has your SoulPad fallen over and is now in contact with a wall? Pick up your Pad and put it back into the middle of the storage area away from any areas likely to harness condensation.
Does the outer bag feel damp? Are there any signs of wetness to the touch? Are there patches or 'rings' on the material - tell tail signs of where it may have come into contact with water? Time to roll your sleves up! You will need to touch not only the outer bag, but also the tent inside.
Check the poles - any undue rusting of the springs?
If you're in any doubt you will need to take the tent out of its bag for a full inspection and may need to dry it before packing it away and re-thinking your storage area.
Have a sniff! Does your SoulPad smell musty atall? Its a temporary structure that you use outdoors so it's not going to smell like your favorite perfume or aftershave. But if there is a deeper problem your hooter will let you know.
Rodents are known to have used stored SoulPads for hibernation purposes. Some rodents don't make it out of hibernation. Dead rodents stink! Live rodents aren't too pleasant either.
Listen to your SoulPad. Any scurrying sounds? Any fury friends in there making home? If so these will need to be evicted immediatley. The amonia in their urine will do untold damage to your lovely Pad. They will chew through the canvas and guy ropes and leave a real trail of destruction (and poop). Squirrels are a particular nuisance as they tend to use your Pad as a larder too. Half-eatern nuts and acorns pressed tightly against your Pad will cause staining and can lead to decay.
It's not ok to taste your tent. If ever you do feel the need to give your Pad some tongue action you should probably seek for assistance way further afield than the confines of these 5 tips.
That said, you do have 5 senses, so use them! Get to know your SoulPad and understand how it feels at all times of the year, whereever it may be.
We still maintain the best place for most folks' SoulPad is under their bed!
SoulPad Care Packs
We aim to hold good stocks of SoulPad Care Packs, particularly in the Spring when demand is high. But inevitably from time-to-time we do sell out. Our advise it to plan ahead and be ready to care for your SoulPad when taking it out of hibernation.