how to clean a tent

How to Clean a Tent like a Pro!

Everybody loves a journey and exploring the deep ventures of the beauties nature has to offer. Although after one has returned from a camping trip, you will find out that you have to clean your camping tent thoroughly otherwise the mold and dirt will take over your tent fabric, and it will nearly render it useless for the next trip.

However, cleaning the tent is no easy task, since the fabric is usually made differently, which isn’t cleaned as quickly as you would usually clean your laundry. To overcome this problem, we have listed plenty of tips and solutions below to guide on how to clean a tent like a pro

Steps on how to clean a tent like a pro

As mentioned previously cleaning a tent could stretch its fabric or even worse, you can tear its mesh and ruin its ventilation system in order to clean the tent properly.

1.Open the tent door

By and open it inside out. You can dust off plenty of debris and dirt with a firm brush and clean the fabric carefully without apply much force.


Scrub the dirty spots of muds and other particles that have stained the fabric of your tent with a wet sponge. Use mild detergent while doing so and never use harsh bleaching compounds and abrasive cleaning products. You can also use a non-scented soap to clean your tent fabrics and bedding of the tent. Make sure it isn’t harsh on the material as harsh alkaline soaps tend to deter the fabric and makes it prone to wear and tear.

3.Lukewarm water

After you have fulfilled the above steps, place the tent in a tub of lukewarm water with a specifically designed cleaner that wouldn’t be too harsh on your tent fabric.

Fully immerse the tent in the tub and let it soak properly for a while, drain the tub and refill the tub with clean water. Rinse and repeat until there is no soapy water left.

Place the Tent in a place where there is abundant sunlight and let it dry for a couple of hours. By placing in a well-lit area, this will thoroughly remove the mouldy smell from the tent.

4.Removing any unwanted smell

If by any chance you still notice any bodily odours, tree sap or mud mold smell, you can opt for any decent odour eliminator in the market and use it to get rid of any unwanted odours and smells. All you have to do is soak your tent in an odour eliminator compound for a while, which will solve all the problems related to smells. Just make sure you don’t overdo the time it is in the odour eliminating compound; otherwise, the chemicals will eat away the coating wax off the fabric of the tent that provides waterproof to the tent.

5. The finishing touch for your tent

After you have thoroughly cleaned your tent, you will notice that some parts of the tent might have been damaged such as zippers, fabric or the seams of the tent.

These issues if not appropriately addressed in time usually result in more significant issues and might pop up in your next adventure. Furthermore, tents are generally expensive, and you can’t just afford to buy a new tent for every adventure you will be going on to. This is why you need to do patch up and repairs as soon as possible.

6. Patch up and repair

Use a sewing kit mend any ripped and torn seams carefully and waterproof it by patching an equally waterproof fabric on it.

Use alcohol to scrub the zippers and remove any dirt and mold growing on it, otherwise, this will result in malfunctioning of the zipper sooner than expected.

Lubricate the zipper well with an appropriate lubricant, and if you see any other broken zippers replace them with a functioning one, usually tents come with additional zippers.

7.Store Your Tent Properly

Storing of your Tent is the essential part after you have cleaned your camping tent, make sure you keep it in such a place which is dry and has no humidity, as the mold particles are not easy to remove and can grow back in the dark, humid areas.

Furthermore, it is best to store your tent in a breathable mesh bag for long-term storage or until your next trip. Watch this video to know more.


Cleaning and taking care of your tent is crucial, and you should do it after a couple of months regardless if you are going on a journey or not. It is also much important to consider that you should avoid any harsh chemicals and bleaching compound as this could damage not only the fabric but also ruin the waterproofing system of your tent.

We hope that this article has guided you well on how to clean your tent and you take all the precautionary steps we have highlighted in the article. Furthermore, if you have any other questions or facing any problems, feel free to comment in the comment section. We will be glad to assist.

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