Yurt Care & Maintenance
How do I care for my yurt once it has been installed?
As with any quality product, there are care and maintenance recommendations that should be observed to get the longest possible functional life from your yurt.
An accumulation of dirt or soiling can create an ideal environment for bacteria to grow and cause staining of the fabric. It is important that this be removed regularly to maintain appearance and longevity of the fabric.
The vinyl covers should be cleaned twice a year, or as needed, with a mild soap (Ivory soap) and warm water. We have found this to be the least aggressive to the fabric. Recommendations for cleaning would include hand scrubbing with a soft bristle brush using a ladder around the lower perimeter areas and using the dome opening for access to the top areas. A swimming pool brush with an extension handle and hose attachment would be a good investment for this purpose. Be sure to protect the top cover before sliding the dome down to remove it. In areas where tree sap and leaves are a problem, it may be necessary to clean the top every few months. If mildew is ever found growing on the roof, it should be removed with soap and water. In the event the roof ever becomes torn, it can be repaired with a standard vinyl patch kit available from Pacific Yurts. Always be sure the covers are completely dry before storing them.
100% Polyester Side Cover
This material is also relatively maintenance free and is superior to cotton and polyester/cotton fabrics in durability and cleanability. It should be kept clean (see cleaning recommendations for vinyl covers), never stored wet, and kept free of mildew much the same as the vinyl covers. The side cover may be treated with an appropriate clear water repellent if needed. This may be available through your local canvas or awning dealer. Side cover should be clean and dry before applying water repellent. Seam sealer is also available.
A stove adds a comforting dimension to the yurt space, but along with it, the danger of fire. We recommend you do the following. Safety is the best fire insurance.
- Clean the stove pipe at regular, monthly intervals.
- Invest in a small fire extinguisher, since fire is always a danger when wood stoves are used.
- Seek advice from your wood stove dealer if you have any questions about stove safety or maintenance.
Always roll the vinyl windows, as folding them makes creases that impair vision and weaken the material. Rolling them with a clean cotton towel reduces the possibility of scratches. Clean the windows with soapy water and a soft cloth. The windows can be polished using Novus plastic polish or equivalent and a non-abrasive cloth. The surface of vinyl windows are easily scratched, so hose off dirt before cleaning. Never use paper towels or newspaper when cleaning the windows. When the vinyl windows are removed, do not stack them and leave them in the sun. Note: UV web frames are available from Pacific Yurts if you are in a high UV area and wish to protect the Velcro on your side cover while the vinyl windows are off.
Door and Door Frame
All exterior wood should be re-coated with transparent cedar or solid body stain (or equivalent) every year or two. Sand lightly before applying. Unlike varnishes, this finish requires minimal maintenance to keep it looking good.
Lubricate door knob on a regular basis with a graphite or Teflon based lubricant. Be sure to save the warranty card for the door knob. The knob has a lifetime warranty and the card has a phone number to call if you need warranty service.
Dome Skylight and Door Window
Wash acrylic dome and door window with a mild soap (hand dishwashing liquid) and plenty of lukewarm water. Rinse with clear water. Use a soft cloth, never paper towels or other paper products which tend to scratch the surface finish.
To remove grease, oil or tar, use a good grade of hexane or kerosene. Immediately wash away oily film residues with a mild soap and water solution.
Do not use window cleaning sprays or solvents. Alcohol may cause crazing (many small cracks).