Whether you use your tent frequently or whether you use it occasionally, from time to time, you need to clean it. Only once you do so will it become easier for you to keep the tent in perfect condition.
The question is, how to clean a tent?
I will share with you a step-by-step procedure for the same. Below the procedure, I will also highlight a few tips which can help you understand how to clean the tent in the best way possible.
How to clean a tent?
Before I highlight the step-by-step procedure to clean a tent, it is crucial to understand what you need. Only once you procure the essentials can you go ahead and opt for the cleaning of the tent.
• Gear Aid Revivex Pro Cleaner (Click here to buy it!)
• Large bucket
• Dish Soap
Once you procure these essentials, you can easily clean the tent within 30 minutes. However, after that, you will have to dry it for at least 6 hours. That is why only when you have that much time can you go ahead and clean the tent.
Step by Step Procedure:
I will now highlight the step-by-step procedure to clean a tent.
1. You have to spot clean the areas with water, soap as well as a sponge.
2. After that, you have to create a mixture in a large bucket. Add warm water as well as the cleaner, which I have highlighted above.
3. Once you are done with the spot cleaning, it is time to submerge the tent into the bucket. After that, you have to hand wash the outer surface of the fabric.
4. One thing you have to keep in mind is that you should not rub the tent’s interior. That is because the tent fly is delicate and aggressive rubbing can damage it.
5. After that, you have to rinse the tent with water. The rinsing will ensure that you can eliminate any residue or soap.
6. You have to, after that, keep the tent outdoors to let it air dry. It can easily take 6 to 7 hours to dry out.
If you have rinsed the tent carefully, there will be no need to use a deodorizer.
However, if there is still odor in the tent, I will highlight the deodorizing procedure below.
Firstly, you have to get a large container and odor eliminator for the tent. Only when you have these 2 things will it become easier for you to deodorize the tent.
1. You have to take the large bucket and fill it with water.
2. after that, you have to add an odor eliminator to it. Approximately, you have to add one fluid ounce of odor eliminator to a gallon of water and mix it well.
3. Before you submerge the tent into the bucket, you have to open it up, including the tent flaps as well as zippers.
4. after that, you have to soak it in the bucket. It should remain in the bucket for at least 5 minutes.
5. After that, you have to extract it from the bucket and let it dry in the sunlight.
In this procedure, there is no need to rinse the tent.
Once you dry it for 5 to 6 hours, it becomes easier for you to deodorize the tent. You can completely eliminate odor after that.
Using my guide above, it will become straightforward for you to not just clean your tent but deodorize it as well.
In conjuction with the procedure above, do follow the tips below.
Tips for cleaning a tent:
If you want to clean the tent correctly, do make sure that you follow the five tips that I will highlight below.
1. Use mild cleaners:
When choosing a cleaner for your tent, it is a good idea to go with a mild one. The strong ones might consist of chemicals. If you do so, you might end up damaging your tent.
Mild cleaners are gentle on fabrics like polyester, nylon, canvas, and so on. That is why they will not damage the tent.
2. Do not use any tool to rub:
Above, I have stated that you need to rub the tent to remove the dust, contaminants, stains, and debris. If you use any harsh Brush tool to rub the tent, you might end up tearing it. That is because the tents are not that thick in most cases.
Rather than using any harsh stool to rub the tent, it is a much better idea to rub it with your hand. When you rub one part of the tent with another, it is easy for you to get the right cleaning effect without the risk of damaging the tent.
3. Do not leave it in the cleaning solution for long:
You have to submerge the tent in the cleaning solution for a minimal period. Ideally, you should not dip the tent in the cleaning solution for more than 5 to 10 minutes. Submerging it for this timeframe will not damage the tent.
4. Never pack it wet:
Many times, when you’re in a hurry, you might not allow the tent to dry completely. You might end up packing it.
The problem in doing so is that the moisture content increases. That is why the chances of mold and mildew increase significantly.
Even if you’re in a hurry, it is a good idea to wait for 5 to 6 hours. If that is not possible, you should not start cleaning the tent in the 1st place.
5. Do not use any makeshift cleaner:
You should only use cleaners which are perfect for cleaning tents as well as outdoor gear. You should not substitute this cleaner with any other household cleaner.
The outdoor gear cleaners are specifically designed for materials like polyester, nylon, canvas, etc. You can easily order those cleaners online.
Using these 5 tips, it becomes undoubtedly easy for you to clean the tent.
The next time around you’re thinking of cleaning the tent, follow my procedure above. Once you do so, you will clean the tent easily.
Now that you are aware of the same, it is time to go through some of my other posts, covering various types of tents. In case you need to buy a new one, you can go through my post on the Qube tent, pod tents, and motorcycle tent. My post one, 2, 3, respectively, can help you understand the best tents across these categories.