HOW TO CLEAN A TENT
Camping is one of summertime's greatest adventures. There's nothing quite like finding the perfect spot, pitching your tent among the beautiful scenery and drifting off to sleep to the soothing sounds of nature with a belly full of s'mores. That first breath of morning air after unzipping the tent flap is among life's finest simple pleasures.
These days, tents are made from durable and lightweight synthetic materials designed to handle the elements. But while modern tent materials are made to resist moisture and other invasive natural factors such as dirt and grime, their cleaning and maintenance needs remain the same, to ensure your tent lasts for years of camping adventure to come. This is especially important if you've been camping in the rain or mud.
Tents can often have an unpleasant, musty odor when you pull them out of storage. This could be the result of development of mold and mildew after putting the tent away dirty, or storing it improperly. It could also be the smell of your tent's polyurethane coating on the tent floor or fly breaking down, the result of a chemical reaction.
There are a number of tips to keep in mind to prevent these odors, and keep your tent clean and in great working order. You should never machine wash tents, to avoid damaging the fabric or special coatings through agitation. When camping, clear out the space in front of your tent, to help prevent twigs, pinecones, loose dirt and more from getting inside. You should also make a regular habit of clearing out any debris that has found its way in on clothing or shoes, to prevent poking holes in your tent's floor or walls.
To avoid damaging the fabrics and other materials in your tent while cleaning, you shouldn't use bleach or other harsh chemicals. It's not a good idea to use a pressure washer either, as there's a good chance you'll damage the seams. Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner is a cleaner, degreaser, deodorizer and stain remover that powers out dirt, sap and grime and removes stubborn stains on washable surfaces, including tent fabric.
Follow these easy tent care tips to keep your camping trips fun, and help your tent last for many years.
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