How to Clean Canvas Camping Tents How to Clean Canvas Camping Tents

What You'll Need
Vacuum cleaner with brush attachments
Dust buster
Warm water
White wine vinegar
Empty spray bottles
Scrub brush
Paper Towels
Mild soap
Kiddie pool

Canvas camping tents are very resilient and make fantastic shelters for camping trips. In addition to being useful camping tools, canvas tents are easy to clean with the help of a few common household tools. Follow the simple steps below.

Step 1 - Remove Dust from Your Tent

If your canvas camping tent has accumulated lots of dust, you can clean it with a vacuum cleaner. Begin by unfurling the tent and vigorously shaking it to remove as much dust as possible. Lay the unfurled tent on a clean surface. Affix a brush attachment to your vacuum cleaner, and proceed to thoroughly vacuum the tent, paying special attention to any exceptionally dust-laden areas.

Alternatively, if you don't have a vacuum cleaner on hand, use a Dustbuster or a broom and dustpan in its place.

Step 2 - Remove Mold and Mildew from Your Tent

If your canvas camping tent has fallen victim to mold and/or mildew deposits, you can effectively clean it with an easy-to-make homemade cleaning solution. To make this solution, combine the following:

  • ¼ cup of white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup of water

Mix inside of an empty spray bottle and shake thoroughly. Now, unfurl the tent and lay it atop a clean surface. Spray your cleaning solution onto any mold or mildew-infested areas and allow it to sit for several minutes. Then you can scrub away any mold and mildew deposits with a sponge, paper towel, scrub brush or washcloth. Continue to repeat this process until your canvas tent has been completely purged of mold and mildew.

Once all traces of growth have been removed, fill a second empty spray bottle with warm water, and use it to rinse off your cleaning solution. Promptly dry the freshly cleaned area(s) with a dry cloth or paper towel. If you let the water sit too long, the moisture could cause more mold and mildew to form.

Step 3 - Remove Stains from Your Tent

If your canvas camping tent is exceptionally filthy and covered in stains, you will need to give it a full washing. To do this, fill a bathtub or kiddie pool with a small amount of water and place your tent inside. Next, apply a mild brand of liquid soap to any stained areas of the tent, and give them a vigorous scrubbing with a sponge or scrub brush. Once all the stains have been successfully removed, use your shower head or garden hose to rinse off the freshly cleaned tent.

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