Discover How Easily You Can Wash A Tent

Have you just got back from a camping trip and is looking for ways on how to wash a tent? The worry no more because the information below will provide you with everything that you need when it comes to washing your tent.

One of the most important things that you should have when it comes to going to a camp with your family or friends is having a tent. The tent is where you will be sleeping or resting at the end of extended camping activities. But since it is exposed to certain environmental elements, it can become dirty, and stains may also affect the appearance of your tent.Some people end up purchasing a new one, which can be costly.

But if you can wash your tent then there wouldn't be a problem at all. Washing them is very easy, but this does not mean that you can easily just throw it in your washing machine and push certain buttons that you prefer. A tent has a delicate fabric and ensuring that you are doing the right thing will ensure that you will preserve its quality.


Things You Need to Wash a Tent

  • Garden Hose
  • Big Sponge
  • Soft Scrub Brush
  • Bucket
  • Mild Dishwashing Soap
  • Cold Water

Tips on How to Wash Your Tent

Washing Your Tent #1 Spreading the Tent​

The first thing that you need to do is spread your tent in your yard or space where you can freely and comfortably work on your tent.

You need to make sure that the area is free from wrappers, dog hair, pine needles and any other types of debris. It would be best to work on your tent during the warm and sunny day. Once you are done spreading your tent, it would be best to remove all debris from the tent so you can start working on it.

​Washing Your Tent #2 Gathering the Supplies

​The next thing that you need to do is to start collecting all the supplies that you need to use for cleaning your tent. The garden hose should be nearby and as well as the source of water.

The sponge should be big while the soft brush should look just like the one that you are using for your vegetables. The bucket of water is needed as this is where you will be mixing the water and mild dishwashing soap to create a solution.

Washing Your Tent #3 Scrubbing Your Tent​

​Using the bucket of water with the dishwashing soap, soak the sponge and wring it to remove the excess water.

Once you are done, you can start scrubbing all the surfaces of your tent, from the outside to the inside. Gently do this to avoid damaging your tent since as mentioned above, tents have fabrics that are very delicate.

Washing Your Tent #4 Brushing Your Tent​

Now if there are any stains present on the outsides or insides of your tent, then the soft brush will help you remove them. You can soak the brush in the bucket with the water solution as it will make it easier for you to remove the stains. The brush can also be used to clear the corners of your tent since the sponge won’t be able to reach that part.

When brushing, just like when it comes to the scrubbing process, it would be best to do this very gently no matter how big the stain is. It will eventually come off with the help of the water and soap solution.

Washing Your Tent #5 Rinsing Your Tent​

Now once you have removed the dirt and the stains, the next thing that you need to do is to rinse the tent using the garden hose. You can ask someone to help you hold the tent down or spread it once the pressure of the garden hose starts affecting the tent’s position.

When rinsing, you need to thoroughly do this and repeat the process for you to ensure that there will be no residue of soap left.

Washing Your Tent #6 Letting Your Tent Dry​

After rinsing and ensuring that there is no longer residue of soap, you can now let the tent dry. You have the option to hang it on a clothing line in your backyard and secure it with clothing clips for it to avoid from being blown by the wind.

You also need to ensure that the clothing line is long enough to accommodate your tent since you need to spread it out for it to thoroughly dry. If you don’t have a clothesline, then you can drape it on your fence or some lawn chairs.

Washing Your Tent #7 Storing Your Tent​

Check your tent if there are no longer any wet surface, and if there are one, then this is the time where you can store your tent. You can carefully fold it and put it back in its original box, or if you have a place where you can store it then putting it back, there would be best.

You can use a storage box that is clean to ensure that your tent will remain dirt free. This will also ensure that your tent’s quality will be preserved so you can use it again for your next camping trip​.

These are all the information that you need on how to wash a tent with ease. You no longer need to hire someone to do the cleaning for you because the tips provided above will help you keep your tent clean.

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Lucy Gomez

Hi there, I'm Lucy Gomez, camp editor at Getcampingwild.com. I grew up in a suburb of Oklahoma and I have been camping my entire life. Camping in the wild is a way of life for me.