Camping can be a fun activity for you to enjoy with your family. Your tent is one of the most important parts of the camping experience as it will be the only place where you can sleep or rest. Therefore, it is imperative that you take care of it. The exposure to harsh weather, pine needles, leaves, twigs and other items will get your tent filthy, requiring you to clean it. Here is a step-by-step guide to keeping your tent clean.
Step 1: Clean up the dirt
Before you begin the rigorous cleanup process, remove any loose dirt or muck from your tent, ideally by hand if possible. This may include any loose leaves, pine cones, equipment, twigs, pine needles, mud, or any other unpleasant things you may have gathered during your numerous trips. Don’t forget to ensure that the tent is empty before you attempt to shake it up.
Step 2: Bring out the hose
Use warm, clear water to hose your tent down. In general, the warmer the water, the more thoroughly you will be able to clean your tent up. Most tents are designed to withstand extreme temperatures, so you can very easily up the water temperature without worrying too much. Try increasing the pressure of your hose for a more thorough cleaning.
You may need to involve a brush or scrub for more difficult stains.
Step 3: Use your tub
If you have a tub and a small enough tent, it is generally a good idea to use your tub to clean it. This helps keep messes to a minimum and drain out water very efficiently when you are done so that there is less cleaning up to do. Do not use laundry detergent since the harsh chemicals are not designed to be compatible with your tent. Visit your nearest camping store and look for Nikwax Tech or a non-detergent product. You should always consult the retailer who sold you the tent for recommendations on which products would work best with the tent you own.
Step 4: Rinse everything off
It is very important that you rinse everything off thoroughly after you are done. Residues of soapy water are not only difficult to get rid of, but they also contribute to rust and deterioration of the fabric over time.
Step 5: Dry your tent
Put your tent out in your basement or backyard and dry it out thoroughly. It may take a while to dry it depending on the fabric, size, and other factors such as the temperature you are providing. It is important to ensure that you dry out your tent thoroughly since this can also lead to rusting or mold and fungus, rendering your tent unusable.
Step 6: Bring out the water repellent
To ensure the longevity and durability of your tent, you should invest in some water repellent. While the tent is still wet, line the fabric of the floors as well as the sides of the walls with water repellent so that the rain flies off without soaking into the fabric every time.