The outdoor event season has ended in most of the United States. Unless you plan an outdoor wonderland wedding, it is now time to start packing away your commercial party tents for the winter. Whether you have a Trio Tent, Traditional Tent, High-Peak Tent, or Tension Tent, Economy Tent International can show you how to store your party tent safely.

Packing up commercial tents does not have to be a time-consuming, tedious process. However, there are some inspection points you should follow to maintain the tent’s value and integrity. Similarly, you’d want to make sure the tent and its structure are not damaged so you can use them again for events next season. At Economy Tent International (ETI), we pride ourselves on offering the best tents for all outdoor gatherings and socials. With a range of sizes, designs, and your choice of white or pin-striped tent covers, we remain an industry leader in exterior tents for personal and business events.

Here are seven crucial steps in storing your party tent for next year:

  1. Make sure the tent is dry and clean


This is one of the most important steps to do before storing away your tent. Making sure the tent is clean and dry can prevent sections from retaining water and getting moldy. Similarly, you will save on cleaning time when you take the tents out next season. Brush off any still water, dust, dirt, and grime which may have accumulated during torrential downpours. Cleaning tents with a bucket, sponge,  and hose should do the trick. It is also advised to use a mild soap that does not have strong detergents. The latter can be abrasive and cause irreparable harm and damage to tent materials, interiors, and exteriors.

  1. Take care of rips and tears
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Rips, cuts, and tears are very common when using tents for a long time. At ETI, we manufacture tents that are wind-resistant, water-repellent, and last for years to come. However, mishaps do occur – especially if hosting outdoor events during inclement weather. With this in mind, we recommend patching up rips, cuts, and tears as soon as possible. This will save you time and money on tent repairs when next season rolls around. It will also prevent rips and tears from getting worse in storage. Please speak with our helpful team on the best ways to seal up these common tent issues.

  1. Repair damages to framing and poles

Damages to tent framing and poles can also happen. In most cases, frame tents do not have stakes or center poles. They are held in place with weights for optimal standing and balance. However, these frames may damage due to impact and other common mistakes. The same can also be said of center poles – especially if they get bent or are heavily decorated. Stakes may snap and have to be replaced. ETI features a huge accessories line that features poles, stakes, ropes, and other replacements.

If going the DIY route, ETI can guide you through the process of repairing frames and canopies. Purchasing an outdoor tent is a good investment that should be protected for years to come.

  1. Make sure the tent hardware is clean

ETI features a signature, patented tent frame system that is durable and reliable. Still, we recommend wiping down the hardware of your tent to preserve its value and performance. This includes frames, materials, and fittings. You can also clean the cover mids, along with the accessories holding up the tent and tarp structure. Again, we recommend non-abrasive cleaning solutions like soft soap, water, buckets, and hoses. Stay away from any cleaning solvents that can cause rust to metal rings or other tent holders.

  1. Folding the tent material into acceptable shape
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One of the main questions we get is how to roll the tent once detached from the poles, frames, stakes, or ropes. The key is to be consistent with rolling or folding the vinyl. Start at one point and move forward when rolling or fold in equal steps to prevent bunching. This is a great way to save space in storage as well. It’s also good since it keeps your vinyl tents from getting wrinkled and having to be ironed and spaced out before using it next season.

  1. Storing the tent away

Depending on the size of the tent purchased, you can use bags or barrels to place the tent inside. You can also use a racking system (what most buyers use for larger tents) to keep dust and dirt out. These rackers even preserve the tents’ quality and materials – since they are not bunched up inside barrels or bags. Still, it depends on whether you want to have the vinyl folded or laid out on racks for easy use and assembly next season.

  1. Maintain tent storage temperature

It is essential to maintain a tent storage temperature until next season. Whether in your inventory warehouse or in the garage, keeping cool temperatures will ensure the longevity of your outdoor event tents. They also prevent humidity from gaining a foothold in your tents. This can cause protruding areas that will have to be flattened before use again. If you have a racking system in your warehouse, this is ideal for housing tents and keeping them at average, comfortable temperatures.

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At ETI, we want your tent investment to have a long shelf life. While we produce high-quality tents with high-grade materials, it will be your responsibility to maintain them for yearly use. As always, we are just a phone call or e-mail away should you need advice and tips on proper maintenance and storage solutions. While this year’s outdoor tent season may be over, we all look forward to next year and continuing to assist you with all tent and accessory purchases. Simply contact us today or visit our website for more information on our Classic, Classic Plus, and Trio tent lines.