Camping enthusiasts know that a canvas tent is a great investment. However, if not maintained properly, it might lose its durability and charm over time. In this blog post, we will walk you through some smart and easy steps on how to clean your canvas tent.
What You’ll Need
- Soft brush
- Warm water
- Mild detergent or canvas cleaner
- Salt and lemon (optional for removing mildew)
Step 1: Setup Your Tent
Start by setting up your tent in a shady, open area. It’s best to clean your tent when it’s erect because it allows you to reach all the corners and crevices.
Step 2: Remove Loose Dirt
Use a dry, soft brush to remove any loose dirt or debris. Be sure to clean both the interior and exterior of the tent.
Step 3: Prepare Cleaning Solution
Prepare a mild cleaning solution by mixing warm water and mild detergent in a bucket. Never use harsh chemicals or bleach as they can damage the canvas material and its waterproofing properties.
Step 4: Clean Your Tent
Using a soft brush, gently scrub the tent with the cleaning solution. Pay extra attention to stained or heavily soiled areas.
Step 5: Rinse and Dry
Rinse off the cleaning solution with water. Once the tent is completely clean, allow it to air dry in the shade. Do not pack away a wet canvas tent, as this can lead to mold and mildew.
Tips to Remove Mildew from Canvas Tent
If your canvas tent has a mildew problem, don’t worry! You can prepare a homemade solution by mixing lemon juice and salt. Apply this solution to the mildew spots, let it sit for a few hours and then rinse with water. Remember to let your tent dry completely before packing it away.
Proper maintenance and cleaning of your canvas tent will prolong its life and keep it looking good as new. So, after every camping trip, make it a habit to clean your canvas tent following these steps. Happy camping!