I have 2 old (90s vintage) Moss tents. I recently pulled them out of storage to set up, clean and inspect. (And despite being in drought stricken Southern California, this process apparently brought monsoon rains this morning...)
For the first time, I'm having a problem with the burgundy fabric, shown on this tent. The pole sleeves have become tacky, making it difficult to slide the shock-corded aluminum poles during setup.
When I unpacked the tents I noticed the material sticks to itself, and also to the rip-stop material. The darker color has transferred to the beige tent walls during storage. The walls are different, lighter weight rip-stop material, not coated as the burgundy fabric appears to be.
I've tried cleaning these pole sleeves with a small amount of non-detergent soap. It has helped in some areas, not in others. The stains do not come off during cleaning, even with soapy water and gentle scrubbing.
Has anyone else experienced this staining/sticking problem, and/or can recommend a solution? I'm not sure if this is due to age, and/or something degrading in the fabric, or perhaps the tents were slightly damp when last put into storage which contributed to this problems.
This is the heaviest fabric used in the tents. It is used on the storage bags for the tents and poles, the pole sleeves, and on the floors of the tents. The sticky feel is most pronounced on the storage bags and pole sleeves, not as much on the floors.
It is happening in both tents, but is more pronounced in the Hobitat-2.
Thanks for any suggestions on managing/preventing this from getting worse.