With tents being a large part of the investment, we need to look after them to get the most out of them. Eventually, a proper lookout is a key to using ‘a’ tent for your whole life.
For more experienced campers, washing a tent might seem like an easy job but for someone who is starting out, washing a huge piece of cloth the right way without damaging the fibers can be an overwhelming task. This is your go-to guide on how to wash your tent the right way.
To wash your tent, follow the below steps
- Sweep the debris of your tent with a soft cloth
- Shake the sides properly
- Brush throughout the surface
- Fill a warm water tub
- Soak the tent in the tub
- Dry the tent
- Disassemble the tent
- Store the tent for next use
Never wash your tent in a washing machine or a dryer. Or you’ll end up having torn, overstretched, and overheated tents that have no future at all. Let’s discuss the above 8 steps in further detail.
How to wash your tent the right way?
#1 Sweep the debris
For sweeping the debris away, you will need a broom and a dustpan. Sweep the dust and debris via a linear lift and collect all the mess through a dustpan.
Dump it all in a dustbin to prevent its blow on a windy day. Keep the dustbuster pan and broom away to prevent the dust bunnies again sticking to the tent.
#2 Shake the sides properly
Grab the tent and shake it well. Shake it well three-dimensionally to get rid of dust bunnies, and bugs remain sticking to it.
Just a couple of gentle shakes are enough to gravitate down the scrap without tearing it up.
It’s easy! Hold the tent from your non-dominant hand while the broom with the dominant one.
Brush the bottom of the tent with the broom and get rid of the debris sticking underneath.
Now, pull this tent and bring it to settle on a clean tarp. Otherwise, the brush of rubbish will again stick to the bottom, letting your steps go in vain.
#4 Fill a water tub
Now, here in this step comes the actual washing part. Fill a washbasin or a tub with cold water and add non-detergent soap to it.
Coldwater washing has great significance. Your tent’s fabric is more likely to retain its color, while the shrinking percentage is also low with this washing.
#5 Clean the tent with the watery sponge
A soft rag is just appropriate to get you done with the washing task. Wash it inside and outside to ensure you have cleaned it overall.
Your washing primarily determines the health of your tent in your next expedition. You may even opt to give it a light shower in your backyard.
It’s even suggested to get along with the tent-specific wash during your washing work. Don’t forget to rinse it if you have preferred choosing the shower strategy.
#6 Dry the tent
Hanging your tent in the backyard will let it go dry. Don’t introduce your investment to UV rays for a longer period, as this may result in compromised waterproofing ability of the tent.
#7 Disassemble the tent
Disassemble the tent for apt drying of the tent from every corner. Hang the tent on the hanging lines to introduce air even to the bottom of the tent.
#8 Final storage
Packing the tent and folding it in the tent bag is necessary. This will avoid noxious environmental substances from sticking it while it’ll be ready-made packed stuff when heading to the next journey.
Store it in a cool, dry place to avoid the mildew from growing onto it. And yes, keep away all the equipment used during washing at their place to be safe from a non-expected scolding from the home caretaker.
How to store a tent?
For storing a tent, you just have to make sure two things. One, is the tent dry? And, second, is the storage place cool and dry? A damp tent is just a step away from providing a subtle environment for mildew growth.
The tents we all have are usually made up of polyurethane waterproof coatings. Moisture is going to penetrate them and leave no room for repair. Eventually, a flaky, odored tent is achieved after getting through ‘The Moist Process.’
What should you do to clean a tent with mold and mildew?
For a tent with a mold and mildew that has grown, you need to add on an extra step right after step # 5 mentioned above.
Add an enzyme-based odor in the washbasin and tub to eliminate the foul odor you must have been experiencing. And yes, don’t rinse the tent after adding this step to your washing procedure.
That’s it! Don’t forget to seal the USB port before washing to prevent the water from entering the port.
Additionally, it is recommended to follow the steps accordingly to have a fresh, clean tent on your next trip.
And, don’t forget to comment about your washing tent experience right below. Also, let us know if there’s any of the step missed.