How To Clean A Tent?

Even if you have a high-quality, sturdy tent, it’s common and expected to return from an exciting camping trip with a dusty and grimy tent. However, if you ignore it, you may find nasty stains and unpleasant scents emanating from your tent, but it is not difficult to keep your tent in a good form. 

Your tent will become durable and will appear brand new again if you clean it properly using the right techniques and procedures, thus making it suitable to use on future camping trips.

Here, in this article, we present various simple and effective ways to clean your camping tent, all of which will make it appear more pristine than before.

The following are some of the necessary steps and supplies you need for cleaning a tent.

                STEPS                                                    SUPPLIES

Assemble the essentialsWater, soap, a tub, a sponge or clothe, a tent cleaner.
Brush or Shake the dirtUse a brush, and clean the sand out of your tent. You can also vacuum the dirt off your tent while it is still set up.
Remove the stainsClean the solid stains first. Wash your tent with soapy water.
Wash properlyDrench your tent in water and wash it properly. Let it dry and store it in a secure place.


  1. Cleaning a tent that has mildew, mold, and an unpleasant odor


  1. Apply an enzyme cleaner preferably MirazymeTM or you can get this all-purpose one for better results. 
  2. Pay strict attention to the enzyme cleaner’s instructions. Especially the one about how long to soak the tent.
  3. Oversoaking the tent increases the chance of hydrolysis, a process where the water starts to dissolve waterproof polyurethane coatings, so be extra careful with it if you do not wish to lose your favorite camping tent. 
  4. With the help of a cloth, gently rub the prescribed liquid on the tent to get rid of mildew, mold, and bad odors

2. Cleaning a tent that has pine sap on it


  1. Take a sponge or cloth.
  2. Clean the spot on your tent with the help of mineral oil.
  3. Be careful not to scrub it more than the provided time limit.
  4. Products with alcohol in them, for instance, hand sanitizers, and wet wipes can also be used to remove the sap.
  5. Make sure to rinse and wash that particular area of the tent thoroughly after removing the pine sap from your tent.

3. Washing the entire tent to remove the filth


  1. Fill the tub with lukewarm water and soak the tent body completely in it.
  2. Add a small amount of soap in the tub depending on the size of the tent and how dirty it is.
  3. Stir the water in the tub with the help of your hand.
  4. Dust can be removed from pockets, gear lofts, and corners by turning the canopy or mesh inside and out of the tub.
  5. For about 5 minutes, knead the tent, pushing down and swishing it about to make sure water gets into all the crevices.
  6. Repeat the agitation cycle after letting the tent soak for about 20 minutes.
  7. Take the tent and fly out of the tub, so you can look at the water.
  8. If the water is brown, drain it and squeeze the water out of the tent. Careful, not to twist it.
  9. Refill the tub and repeat the whole procedure one more time.
  10. After washing your tent, rinse the tent and fly in the same manner in a tub filled with clean water.
  11. The tidy tent can be laid out, draped over a drying rack for clothes, or hung over the shower rod.
  12. Be careful around edges and corners. The fabric will be stressed if the tent is hung by its corners.
  13. Before putting the fabric away, make sure it is completely dry.
  14. Reviews say that you should let your camping tent dry completely for at least 5 days. Turn it inside out and change the direction within 2 days.


Your tent will be free of stains, molds, mildew, and bad odors after all your tedious rubbing and cleaning, but if you want it to seem like a brand-new tent, you should pay attention to the instructions given below.

  • Examine the netting, joints, and zippers of the tent after it has been cleaned and dried.
  • Repair or replace the old or worse parts of your tent.
  • Use a small sewing kit to repair torn seams.
  • Later, use a tent-sealing product to re-waterproof them.
  • Replace broken zippers as soon as possible. 
  • With the help of dry-zipper lubrication on the teeth of a zipper, you can easily get rid of any dirt or small stones which are stuck in your tent zipper.
  • Repair or replace damaged meshes.


You can not mess with how to store your tent after all the hard work of cleaning, washing, and further repairs to make your tent appear nice. If you store your tent while it is still moist, all your efforts will be for nothing. You must patiently wait for it to dry completely. Once it has fully dried, you can fold your tent neatly and steam-press it to remove any creases. It should be placed carefully in a plastic bag with room for air. Keep it somewhere dry and cool to store. Avoid excessive temperatures. 


To guarantee a pleasant outdoor adventure, a high-quality tent is crucial. However, if you camp or hike frequently and use your tent often, maintaining it could be a hassle. Nevertheless, by adhering to a simple cleaning guide, you can ensure that your tent stays clean and will certainly survive for a longer period of time.

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