On the first few uses your glawning may let in some water. Don’t worry, this is normal! Canvas tents need to go through a weathering process.

On first use you should: (a) erect your glawning and peg it out (not so tightly as to overstrain your canvas) (b) soak it thoroughly; and (c) allow it to dry naturally. This process will activate the natural waterproof properties of the cotton, although your glawning might need to go through this process a few times before it is fully water resistant.


Your glawning will inevitably get dirty over time and it is best to let it dry then brush the dirt off. If this is not possible use water and/or Nikwax Tech wash to spot clean it. Do not use standard detergents. Try to set up away from trees and other places where birds congregate – unless you want to scrub bird poo out of your glawning! If any black specks land on your canvas from the chimney, get rid of them by hitting the canvas from within, not by rubbing them on the outside.


To reproof the canvas, use a reproofer such as Granger’s Fabsil with UV protection. You should reproof as often as is necessary to ensure that water is beading on the surface of the canvas when it first gets wet. We would reccommend using a large 5 litre tin to reproof the whole glawning - you can spray the stuff on using a pressurised container, in accordance with the instructions on the tin. You don’t need to overdo it either - a fine mist covering will do the job.

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