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A canvas tent’s grade and quality make a world of difference in the great outdoors. Sheridan Tent & Awning’s canvas tents are built to last and protect you from the elements throughout the seasons. 

Some folks say these tents are an investment – and we agree. Take care of your canvas properly and it will bring you outdoor joy for years to come.To help you keep your tent in the best shape possible, we’ve put together a few tips on how to take care of your Sheridan canvas tent. Take a look!



No great outdoor adventure is complete without a little mud and dirt on your tent. To remove dirt from your canvas, simply hang your canvas over a wire, and smack your tent with your hand or broom. This will cause the dirt to fly off the tent. We like this method; it’s easy and simple. 

For ground-in dirt or oil, create a mild soapy solution and use a soft brush to remove the tougher stains. With a little elbow grease, the dirt will come right out and your canvas will look brand new. Be sure to dry it fully before putting it away.



Storing your tent properly is essential. When putting your canvas away, make sure that it is completely dry, then store it in a dry location that allows your tent to breathe. If it is stored in an airtight container, mildew will collect. By keeping your tent dry and in a room with enough space, your tent will continue to stand strong.



If you notice a tear in the body of your tent, there are two ways to fix this. For a short-term solution, you can quickly apply duct tape. This is effective when rips occur while out camping. For a more reliable fix when you get home, the tent can be patched and then sewn. You can do this on your own or bring it in for repair. Here are some more factors to consider when it comes to repairs: 

  • There are two types of tents: Natural canvas tents and treated canvas tents.
  • Natural canvas tents are inherently water resistant. We don’t recommend treating a natural canvas tent until it is several years old and starts to present problems.
  • Treated canvas tents, if properly cared for, will not need to be re-waterproofed for many years. Once it does become necessary, please contact us for recommendations.
  • If your tent sustains any damage, the sooner it is repaired the longer it will last.
  • Duct tape works well for temporary, in the field repairs.
  • Contact us (or a local shop if you’re not in the area) as soon as practical for more permanent repairs.


Sheridan Tent is Here to Help 

Sheridan Tent is here to help you care for your canvas tent, making sure it’s back in tip-top shape each year. Give us a call today to get in touch with one of our experts with any and all questions!