Your TravelChair product has been designed with outdoor use in mind. While our products are intended to be used outdoors, they are not intended to be stored outdoors and should be stored in a dry and clean location. Doing this will help it last longer!
Here are our recommendations to ensure that you both enjoy a wonderful life together.
Sometimes all your TravelChair needs a little spot cleaning, not a complete cleaning. If your chair/cot/table gets dirty, NEVER dry clean it. Dry cleaning can strip the fabric. Spot cleaning should always be your first line of defense.
- Use any gentle, non-detergent soap
- Thoroughly rinse soap residue with water, using a clean, damp cloth
- Dry completely before storing
If your TravelChair is unusually dirty and darkened with grime, you can wash the fabric following the guidelines below:
- Carefully remove the fabric from the frame
- Use a gentle, non-detergent soap
- Use cold water
- Never dry clean / machine dry
- Do not use fabric softeners, bleach or alternative-bleach products
- If using a washing machine, do not wash in a top-loading machine with an agitator. The agitator can strain or rip seams. A top-loader without an agitator is OK. Wash on GENTLE or DELICATE cycle in COLD water.
- If you hand wash your chair fabric, fill a tub/large basin with cool water and add the appropriate cleaner. Avoid using too much soap; it will be harder to rinse out and can leave a residue.
- Hang/lay out fabric to dry and make sure it is completely dry before placing it in its storage bag; damp fabric can result in mildew and fabric degradation
General Maintenance & Care
- Never jump or rock back on your chair/table/cot. To prevent tipping over, keep all feet on the ground; in some cases that might only be three feet, in others it will be four.
- If using around an open flame/campfire, be cautious of fire proximity. Sparks will cause holes in fabric. Additionally, do not leave items unattended near a fire. Wind can cause damage and so can clumsy people!
- Be picky about letting others use your TravelChairs. A friend may want to borrow your chair, but will they care for it like you do?
- Be patient with zippers, closures and pulls. Sometimes things get caught or snag; don’t force it, be gentle.
- How you store your chair affects its lifespan. Before packing up, let your chair air out to make sure it’s completely dry before putting it back inside its carry bag. NEVER put away your chair wet. No one wants mildew.
- To extend the life of your chair, avoid extended UV exposure. UV rays damage all fabrics over time. Just like your skin, if you leave your chair out in the sun, you can expect fading of the material and general degradation from the UV rays.
- For small holes or tears that occur in while you’re out camping, you have a couple options:
- Sew up the hole by hand. When you get home, you can sew the fabric more securely with a sewing machine.
- Make a patch with adhesive gear-repair tape. However, if you try to peel it off later the sticky adhesive may remain and/or the rip may get worse.
- To maintain/treat wooden components, you can use a gentle scrubbing sponge to remove grime. You can also sand lightly with extra fine grit sandpaper. Reseal wood with a few coats of Dutch oil for shine or Tung oil/Marine varnish for ample water protection. When using Tung oil or furniture lacquer, do so outside or in a well-ventilated space.
- Occasionally, sand or grit can get trapped in tension lock mechanisms, especially in tables. Remove full leg extensions and release/extend a few times while rinsing thoroughly with clean water to cleanse mechanism and ensure all grit is cleared out. Let dry fully before reattaching.