About How to Clean a Tent

About How to Clean a Tent

Cleaning your tent may be a pain, but you may also need to clean your outdoor  home if you spend enough time outdoors.

For example, homes in the wilderness can get dirty and develop nasty stains or smells over time.

Cleaning a tent does quite a bit to improve its performance. The following is an overview of the steps:

  1. Gather equipment/supplies: You’ll need water, soap, tent/gear cleaner, a cloth/sponge and a tub.
  2. Brush it off and shake it out: Get rid of sand or dried-on dirt; you can also carefully sweep or vacuum inside while it's set up.
  3. Spot clean first, then immerse: First you’ll spot clean dirty areas, then soak the tent in sudsy water. For tackling really dirty jobs, follow our deep-cleaning tips.
  4. Rinse and dry: Be sure to rinse your tent thoroughly and dry it completely before storing it.

Camping Tent Cleaning Step-by-Step

Supplies: Here’s what you’ll need to clean a dirty tent:

  • Cold to lukewarm water
  • Mild fragrance-free dish soap
  • Cleaner designed specifically for outdoor gear and clothing
  • Nonabrasive sponge or cloth
  • Bathtub or other large tub

About how to clean a dirty tent:

  1. Spot clean with soap: Gently use the cloth or sponge and small amount of mild dish soap to spot clean any extra-dirty areas.
  2. Prep the tub: Fill your tub with cool to lukewarm water and add your tent-cleaner product. Follow the directions on the bottle to see how much cleaner to use.
  3. Prep your tent: Unzip the doors and turn the tent inside out.
  4. Soak your tent: Immerse the tent and the rainfly in the tub. Again, follow the directions on the cleaner bottle to see how long to let your tent soak.
  5. Rinse thoroughly: Drain your tub and refill it with clean water. You may have to do this several times to get all the soap off the tent and rainfly.
  6. Dry completely: Set your tent up or hang it in a cool, shaded area until it is completely dry.


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