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Granger's Tent + Gear Care Kit

Test Series by Kurt Papke

Initial Report - January 24, 2019

Tester Information

Name: Kurt Papke
Age: 65
Gender: Male
Height: 6' 4" (193 cm)
Weight: 230 lbs (105 kg)
Email address: kwpapke (at) gmail (dot) com
City, State, Country: Tucson, Arizona USA

I do most of my hiking in the desert Southwest, but occasionally get up into the Pacific Northwest and my old stomping grounds in Northern Minnesota.  I am a comfort-weight guy when it comes to most gear, trying to stay as light as possible but I don't go to extremes.  I rarely clean my gear, but my tent footprints and floors are in desperate need of rehab after numerous Grand Canyon backpacking trips.

Initial Report

Product Facts

This product is designed to clean dirty outdoor gear and renew water repellent properties.  Granger's is a bluesign(r) system approved company, which provides assurance that the products are manufactured in an environmentally-friendly fashion, and should be reasonably safe to use.

Product Information
Granger's International Ltd
Manufacturer website
Model tested
Tent + Gear Care Kit
Year manufactured
Country of manufacture
United Kingdom
USD $29 (Amazon - I was not able to get the price directly from their website)
One year limited warranty
Tent + Gear Cleaner: 500ml / 16.9 fl.oz, gross weight 558 g (19.7 oz)
Tent + Gear Repel: 500ml / 16.9 fl.oz, gross weight 577 g (20.3 oz)
Sponge: gross weight 31g (1.1 oz)
Cleaner: contains <5% non-ionic surfactants; preservative (1, 2-benzisothiazol-3(2H)-one, 2-methyl-2H-isothiazol-3-one).

Initial Inspection


As the name implies, this is a "kit" that contains everything in the box needed to renew camping shelters: cleaning solution, applicator sponge, and a spray bottle of water repellent.  In the above photo, upper-left is the front of the box, upper middle the back of the box, lower left is the box contents.  Upper right is the back of the Cleaner bottle, lower right is the back of the Repel bottle, both showing the instructions for use.

Usage seems pretty straightforward with only the cleaner requiring mixing with water, the Repel solution is used full-strength from the spray bottle.  I will likely use rubber gloves for the cleaning solution to avoid skin contact, and use both products outdoors.  Good thing I live in Arizona where the weather is nice enough to do this outdoors year around!

Testing strategy: I have two tents that I use with "footprints" extensively in the Grand Canyon.  They are pretty filthy with red Canyon sandstone, and one tent is over eleven years old.  I will likely tackle these first, then have a look at my tent floors to see what kind of shape they are in.

I have four hammocks with associated tarps.  Because they hang off the ground they are not too dirty, but I'll inspect them to see if they could use a touch up.


The Granger's Tent + Gear Care Kit is a complete solution for cleaning up my act.  I have never been much of a "clean freak", but I look forward to seeing what the product can do with my camping shelters.  I have no concerns over the product or its use.

Thanks for reading this Initial Report, stop back in three to four months for the Long Term Report.

Many thanks to Granger's International and for the opportunity to test this product.

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