Looking After Your Glawning



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:

  • Erect your glawning and peg it out (not so tightly as to overstrain your canvas)
  • Let it soak thoroughly in a good rainstorm.
  • 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.

Read our full weathering guide: here.



On your adventures, your glawning will probably get a bit 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 something like Nikwax Tech wash to spot clean it. Do not use standard detergents! To avoid getting mucky: try to set up camp away from trees and other places where birds hang out – unless you want to scrub bird poo out of your glawning! If any black specks of ash 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 recommend 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!

Read our blog: 'Reproofing a Canvas Tent: Why, When, and How?'