Tent is an essential gear for many outdoor activities, especially for camping. Tent is mainly used as a covered place for sleeping, it is also used for keeping all your gears safe and protected from outside. A tent can protect you and your gears from nature, rain, and weather. Also, it is something which you must settle on the ground and for that it becomes dirty.
For buying a good quality tent you need to spend a good amount of money which is worth spending as good quality tents will serve you for years.
How to Clean a Tent: Best Way to Wash it Easily
To keep your tent in good shape you need to know some tent cleaning tips; if you do not clean and keep your tents safe then your expensive camping gear will lose its characteristics and thus will be damaged within a couple of months.
Therefore, without wasting any more time, let us go and find ways of cleaning a tent.
Clean a Tent on the Camping Spot
After you are done camping, detach all the parts and put them separately on the ground.
Wipe Off Dirt Before Washing the Tent
Wipe off the tent parts with a clean cloth; use a dry cloth for wiping the tent fabric and for poles and joints use a wet cloth.
While wiping check if the tent fabric got any stain or tear; if you have the option of mending the areas then do that; otherwise mark them and leave them for now.
Wash the Tent with Water and Soap
Now take a bowl and heat up water; the water should be lukewarm. So, not need to boil it. Now take mild soap and a cloth for further cleaning. Never choose detergent or any kind of soap which can damage your tent fabric.
Put your cloth in the water and spread soap all over the tent fabric, rub the fabric with the cloth. Do this process with the delicate hand; if you do it in a hurry then your fabric might get scratches or can even become torn.
If you are done cleaning the fabric then start cleaning the poles and joints using the same process. If you see any stubborn dirt then leave it and clean it after going home.
Clean the Zippers
many people do not know that zippers also need to be cleaned. When you are wiping the tent fabric the dirt might get into the zipper line or while entering the tent some particles might get stuck on the zipper.
If you do not clean the dirt immediately then these might become stubborn and your zippers might get damaged.
For cleaning the dirt from zipper line use a soft toothbrush. Wet your brush with liquid soap and water and start brushing your zippers. Do not overdo or do not be harsh while performing the step; your harsh movement can break zipper teeth in no time.
How to Clean a large Tent or Medium Tent in the Tub
If you did not clean your tent after camping then you will have to perform this step before putting your fabric inside your bathtub.
Wipe Off Dirt from the Tent
For performing this process, it is recommended to do it outside your home, if you do not have the scope then you might want to do it in an open space.
Take a soft dry cloth for cleaning the tent fabric and for cleaning the poles, cords and joints take a wet cloth. The process is the same as mentioned above. As you will be putting the fabric in your tube, therefore, you should do this step more precisely otherwise your tub might get clogged with all the dirt.
Clean the Tent Using Water
Fill your tub with lukewarm water and put your tent fabric in it. Let it set for 5 minutes and then turn the tent inside out to clean the inner part as well. Again let it set for 2 to 3 minutes. Now open the tub-hole cap and let go of the water.
Use soap for Easy Cleaning
Now again fill the tub with water and add soap. Do not add detergent or any fragrance soap. Now again put the tent fabric inside the tub and let it sit for 15 minutes.
The water you are filling the tub with should be lukewarm. After 15 minutes take a soft cloth and rub the tent fabric carefully. 1st rub one side of the tent and then flip it inside out and rub the other side like before.
Clean the Zippers of the Tent
Take a soft toothbrush and clean the zippers properly. You must choose a soft brush otherwise your brush might damage the zipper teeth.
Also, remember to go through each and every tooth carefully; if you see any stubborn dirt sticking to the zipper then use your finger and pull them off.
Cleaning With cold water
Now open a tap and clean the whole tent fabric with cold water. Rub off the soap from the fabric and rinse the fabric until it is totally clean.