How to Clean Play Tents and Tunnels
How to Clean Play Tents and Tunnels


What You Need

  • Cloth or sponge
  • Garden hose

Pop-up tents open up a world of adventure and imagination for kids. Whether you set them up indoors or outdoors, for playtime, snacks, or naps, they are quickly and easily dirtied.

Sometimes soap and water alone don't get the job done, and harsh cleaning chemicals from some popular products can irritate the skin. Most play tents are treated with waterproofing, mildew-resistance, and stain-resistance chemicals, so it's important to clean these tents and tunnels with a cleaner that won't deteriorate these. It's also not necessary or advisable to soak the tent for the same reason.

Lastly, avoid throwing kid tents in the washing machine, as laundering them could stretch or tear the tent fabric, mesh, and seams.

Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner is a cleaner, degreaser, deodorizer, and stain remover that removes food residue, dirt, grime, and more without degrading or discoloring the tent material. The clean-rinsing formula allows you to clean kids' play tents without having to worry about lingering residue that could cause skin irritation.

Directions for Cleaning Play Tents:

  1. Remove debris. Turn the tent inside out and shake or brush out any loose dirt or crumbs.
  2. Rinse. Use a garden hose or a bucket of water to rinse it down with clean water.
  3. Clean. Mix 1 ounce of Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner with 2 cups of water in an empty spray bottle. Keeping the tent inside out, spray it down with your Simple Green solution one section at a time. Wipe the solution with a cloth or sponge, and scrub any stubborn areas.
  4. Rinse. Turn your garden hose on and rinse the tent to get rid of any cleaner residue. It is okay to let the runoff go on the ground.
  5. Clean the outside. Flip the tent right side out, and repeat Steps 2 through 4.
  6. Rinse. Give your entire tent one more thorough rinse, both inside and out. Rinse any surrounding grass or plants at the same time.
  7. Dry. Shake the tent to get rid of excess water, and lift the back corners to drain as much as you can from the tent's interior. Set the tent up outside in the shade, if possible, and let it dry for several hours. Avoid letting it dry in direct sunlight to prevent ultraviolet damage to any nylon or polyester fabric.

Tip: Always clean the tent before folding it flat and storing it in its pouch or carry case. To prevent mold or mildew, never fold and store the tent when wet or damp.


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