Take care of your gear,

and your gear will take care of you.

Taking care of your gear is fairly simple.  Follow these guidelines to provide the best care for your adventure buddy.  To maintain and often extend the lifetime of your goods, always dry it after use in wet weather or cleaning, and always before storing.  Between uses, store it in cool, dry, and well-ventilated areas.

Many of the materials used in your gear are of a very high quality and have protective coatings to improve their performance.  In order to protect your investment, avoid things like excessive moisture, excessive heat, and chemical contaminants such as chlorine, bleach, and salt.  All of these things can shorten the lifetimes of your gear.

All high-quality materials need different kinds of TLC.  Use the links below to learn how to best care for your gear.

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Poly/Cotton Canvas

7ft by 8ft by 10ft Scout Canvas Wall Tent With Windows Pearl Grey

Waxed Canvas

Pine Wax Canvas Great Day Backpack Front

Cotton Canvas

Biltmore Renaissance Overnighter Side

Sunbrella®

Double Take Sunbrella Paprika Gear Bag

Cordura

Cornflower Belay Bag

Nylon Ripstop

Freedome 2 1/2 Green Tent With Green Fly

Polyester

Scout Dining Canopy Royal

Anodized Aluminum

Tent DAC Poles

Galvanized Steel

Galvanized Steel Frame for Scout Canvas Wall Tent

Antique Brass

Navy Messenger Bag

Brushed Nickel

Biltmore Renaissance Overnighter Components

Fabrics

Poly/Cotton Canvas (13 oz.)  Routine care is fairly straightforward for this durable canvas.  Keep dirt, leaves and other debris from accumulating on the fabric surface.  Wash down with water on a bright sunny, once a month if possible.  Do not use a power washer or any more pressure than what you would find in a typical garden hose.  To remove dirt, use a soft brush and a mild soap solution*.  Do not use bleach.  Rinse thoroughly with water and let dry completely before folding and storing.  Do not store or roll up while wet.  Mildew can grow during storage if moisture is present.

Scout Dining Canopy Navy

 

Polyester  Use warm water along with an all-purpose laundry detergent. Use a small amount of chlorine bleach, but only if necessary.  Press polyester fabrics at a low to moderate temperature setting, or use steam.

Maroon Belay Bag

Cordura Nylon  Soil may be removed with spray cleaner or detergent and water. Avoid chlorine or bleach-based cleansers.  Oil or grease should first be treated with a dry cleaning solvent followed by a spray cleaner or detergent and water. Avoid chlorine or bleach-based cleansers.

Typically found in the Double Take and Belay Bag.

Nylon Ripstop  Put the item into a bathtub with cold water. Use the soft brush and some laundry detergent to lather and gently scrub your nylon item.  Rinse your item thoroughly with cold water. Air dry your item by hanging it to drip dry, or lay it out flat. You may use an electric dryer for this step, but keep the dryer on its lowest setting.

Typically found in the Freedome 2 1/2, the Freedome Hunt 2 1/2, and the Belay Bag.

Pine Wax Canvas Great Day Backpack
Tan Wax Canvas Double Take

Cotton Canvas  Includes organic fibers such as cotton, rayon, linen, wool, silk, etc. Use only a water-free, dry cleaning solvent.  Have a name brand cleaner on hand so that you can act fast if a spill occurs.If a Spill Occurs: Dab spills immediately with a clean, dry, white cloth. Then, if needed, use an appropriate spot cleaner. Pretest any cleaner on a small, inconspicuous area before proceeding. Do not saturate fabric with cleaner. Pat instead of rubbing to avoid damaging the fabric. Clean spots or stains from the outside to the middle of affected are to prevent circling. Pile fabrics may require brushing with a non-metallic stiff bristle brush to restore appearance.

Waxed Canvas  Shake or brush off dirt, sand or any other abrasive material.  For small spots, use mild soap heavily diluted with cold water, and a brush.  Gently massage the spotted surface with your brush while cleaning. Rinse with a sponge and cold water. Let air dry.

Double Take Sunbrella Paprika Gear Bag

Sunbrella®  All Sunbrella® fabrics are engineered to combine the highest level of design and performance. For easy day-to-day maintenance of your Sunbrella fabric, brush off loose dirt.  Spray on a cleaning solution of water and mild soap. Use a soft bristle brush to clean. Allow cleaning solution to soak into the fabric. Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue is removed.  Air dry.  (Taken from Sunbrella.com)

Hardware

Anodized Aluminum  Wipe down your anodized aluminum surface with a damp sponge to remove general surface dirt. This will not eliminate stains or scratches, but will help to prevent dust and dirt buildup. Dry the aluminum with a towel to prevent water spots.  For more difficult areas, squeeze just one or two drops of mild dishwashing detergent into a cup of water. Apply the soapy water to a sponge and scrub the aluminum vigorously. Avoid any and all harsh cleaning products as they will react with and damage the aluminum.

Black Belay Bag Components
Tent Stakes
Tent DAC Poles

Antique Brass  Clean with a soft, cotton rag and warm, soapy water.  After cleaning, rinse the rag with plain water and wipe the soap off the buckle.  Buff the piece of hardware with a dry cotton cloth until the soap is removed and the nickel shows no water spots.

Biltmore Renaissance Tote Back
Biltmore Tote

Brushed Nickel  Clean with a soft, cotton rag and warm, soapy water.  After cleaning, rinse the rag with plain water and wipe the soap off the buckle.  Buff the piece of hardware with a dry cotton cloth until the soap is removed and the nickel shows no water spots.

Biltmore Renaissance Overnighter Components
Biltmore Overnighter
Biltmore Renaissance Explorer Side
Biltmore Explorer

Other Materials

Wall Tents

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Wall Tent Platform Overview

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