How To Clean A Tent

If you've just returned from a camping vacation, make sure your tent is thoroughly cleaned and dried before storing it, especially if it smells mouldy. You'll learn how to clean a tent the right way so it'll be ready to go the next time adventure calls. 

Manufacturers often made camping tents in NZ of various textiles, such as Nylon, Rayon, and Polyester. Waterproofing, mould and mildew resistance, and UV light and tear resistance are all common qualities of these materials. You can use the small personal tents or enormous shade structures for weddings, outdoor celebrations, or industrial or military applications. (Think of medical tents during military operations or a big building over a graduation ceremony held outside.) Regardless of size or use, they built premium tents to withstand the elements. They are not, however, indestructible. Hiking tents require regular maintenance and upkeep; a simple spray down will not be enough. When it comes to cleaning and preserving your tent fabric, there are several things you should and shouldn't do.

Cleaning a tent can solve most of these issues, and it's not complicated. 

 

The following are the necessary steps:

  • Gather supplies and equipment: Water, soap, tent/gear cleaner, cloth/sponge, and a tub are required.
  • Shake it out and brush it off: Remove any sand or dried-on dirt, then sweep or vacuum the inside while you set it up. 
  • Clean the spot first, then immerse: Clean any dirty areas first, then soak the tent in sudsy water. Follow these deep-cleaning tips to tackle the most challenging tasks. 
  • Rinse and dry: Before storing your camping tents, make sure to rinse them and dry them thoroughly.

 

Following is a list of things you can do to keep your tent in good shape:

  • While your tent is in use, regularly brush off dirt and debris. Make sure you do proper research about tents care and understand how to maintain it properly.
  • Use water, a soft sponge, and non-detergent soap to clean your tent. Alternatively, use a tent cleaning agent designed exclusively for your fabric. Ask your local fabric maker what items you can and can't use on the material.
  • After you've washed or wiped down your tent, make sure it's scorched. Ensure the entire tents are clear of moisture, including ratchets, ropes, poles, zippers, and other components, as mildew and mould can readily form on damp textiles.
  • Inspect your tent frequently. That entails inspecting the tent's interior and outside, as well as the poles, zippers, and screens, for damage. Inspections that are consistent and thorough can extend the life of your investment and avoid damage to the tent's fabric.
  • Check your tent's seams to ensure they aren't falling apart. If this is the case, get them fixed as soon as possible. Talk to your tent fabric supplier if you want to repair the seams yourself.
  • Use a UV ray protection spray if necessary. You can do the same thing with water resistance, so ask your local tent maker where you can get UV Ray or Water repellent sprays for your tent.
  • To keep the parts lubricated, use a dry spray on the poles and zipper tracks.
  • Ensure the tent's stakes, ropes, ratchet straps, and other tension elements are clean and clear of debris or dirt. Check to see if the strings are slack or falling apart.
  • Check for tears or rips in your tent and have them repaired. Tears or rips can expand and eventually undermine the integrity of your tent's fabric if left unattended.
  • Keep up with the newest developments in the tent rental and tent fabric industries by reading and researching the subject. In terms of speciality materials (think solar tents!), there have been a lot of incredible advancements.
Illumina X Ultralight Hiking Tent Forest Green

 Image from: Illumina X Ultralight Hiking Tent Forest Green

 

Here is a list of things you should not do:

  • Do not use a detergent on your tent fabric because it will degrade the material and any unique properties such as UV and water resistance.
  • Bleach will cause the cloth to degrade. You can also change the colour of the tent's fabric with Bleach.
  • Do not store your tent in a wet location, which can encourage mould or mildew growth.
  • Allow no debris, dirt, water, or other materials to accumulate within your tent that may harm the fabric. Keep in mind that maintaining the interior is equally as vital as maintaining the exterior.
  • Unless your manufacturer specifically instructs you to do so, do not keep your tent put up or exposed to the sun for extended periods (weeks or months). You don't want to leave your tent exposed to the weather for any longer than necessary. If you leave your tent out in the sun for too long, the UV resistance of the fabric will deteriorate.
  • When cleaning your tent, avoid using abrasive brushes or sponges. Scratching, ripping, or tearing the fabric is a possibility.
  • Although it may be tempting to toss the tent into the washing machine, this is not ideal for cleaning a tent. Laundering a tent can stretch or rip the fabric, mesh, and seams, so avoid it at all costs.

 

Products available:

Illumina X Ultralight Hiking Tent Amber

Illumina X Ultralight Hiking Tent Amber

 

That tent lies under a 2kg Hiking Tent category. It weighs only 1.5kg for a two-person tent (excluding footprint) and a 4 Season Tent with Double Layers and a Freestanding Tent Waterproof Tent. It has a Front Door and a Vestibule for Dry Entry. Pitching is quick and straightforward. Bucket with a High Side (prevents splatter and snow coming in) Inner Tent with Insect-Proof Mesh, Made with Nylon Ripstop Tent 360T 20D. Suitable for use in the sun, rain, and light snow. It is best for hiking, Backpacking, Overnight Hikes, Alpine, Cycling, Base Camping, Leisure, Fishing, Thru-Hiking, Backpacking, Overnight Hikes. Bonus Footprint for Free (Custom sized for your tent).

Amber (orange) and Green are the two colours available.

 

Conclusion

The first step in protecting your investment is to gain knowledge. Remember that caring for your tent necessitates diligence. Printing a list of tent fabric maintenance Do's and Don'ts for yourself is a terrific way to keep best practices fresh in your memory. When using and storing your tents, always refer to this list, and make sure your personnel know the dos and don'ts of cleaning and maintaining your tent fabrics.