Keeping it Fresh : Clean Your Tent in 7 Easy Steps
Mar 26, 2023
Cleaning your tent is essential to extend its lifespan and maintain its functionality. Here is a simple step-by-step guide on on how to clean your tent properly.
Step 1: Set up your tent
Before you start cleaning your tent, set it up in a dry, clean and spacious area. Make sure it's fully pitched and all the zippers are closed. This will help you to see any areas that need to be cleaned and will prevent water from pooling in the tent.
Step 2: Sweep out debris
Using a soft-bristled brush or a broom, or even a portable vacuum, gently sweep out and clear out any debris from the inside of your tent. Be sure to get into all the corners and crevices, and be careful not to damage the tent's fabric or seams.
Step 3: Spot-clean any stains or marks
If there are any stains or marks on the tent's fabric, use a damp sponge or cloth to spot-clean the area. Generally, a damp sponge or cloth should do the work, however you can also use a gentle, non-detergent soap if necessary for stubborn stains, and be sure to rinse the area thoroughly with water after.
Step 4: Rinse with water
Fill a bucket or use a hose to rinse the tent thoroughly with water. Avoid using high pressure, as this can damage the fabric. Start from the top of the tent and work your way down, making sure to rinse the entire surface area of the tent. Be sure to get into all the corners and crevices, and pay special attention to any areas that are particularly dirty.
Step 5: Rinse the rainfly
If your tent has a separate rainfly, rinse it with clean water and then hang it up to dry. If it's particularly dirty, you can wash it in the same way you washed the tent body.
Step 6: Dry the tent
Once you've finished cleaning your tent, it's important to let it dry completely before packing it away. Leave it to dry in a shady, well-ventilated area, and make sure it's fully dry before packing it away.
Step 7: Re-waterproof your tent
Over time, the waterproof coating on your tent's fabric can wear off. To re-waterproof your tent, you can use a waterproofing spray or seam sealer. Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully, and make sure the tent is completely dry before applying the waterproofing.
Taking care of your tent is an important part of ensuring that it lasts for many camping trips to come. By following these simple steps, you can keep your tent clean and well-maintained, and ready for your next adventure in the great outdoors.