How to Clean a Room Tent

How to Clean a Room TentWhen caring for a new or used room tent, clean the interior and exterior regularly. Since room tents are constructed from nylon, canvas and/or polyester, clean the room tent using a cleaning mixture that is both effective and safe to use regularly. While the idea of concocting a special cleaning solution at home may sound difficult, it is not. You only need a few simple ingredients and the right sponge to get the job done quickly.


Difficulty: Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Abrasive sponges
  • Buckets
  • Non-lanolin laundry soap flakes
  • Salt
  • Lemon juice
  • Water
Step 1
Relocate the room tent to an outdoor location, if possible, to offer additional space and reduce damage due to water runoff from the cleaning mixture.
Step 2
Unseat trapped sand, dirt and debris using an abrasive brush. Target all visible grit along the interior and exterior, and don't forget the zipper(s) and lining.
Step 3
Combine 1 gallon hot water and 1/4 cup non-lanolin laundry soap flakes in a large bucket. Wet the exterior of the tent with the mixture using an abrasive sponge. Wash away any stains and mildew that remain on the canvas. Non-lanolin laundry soap flakes will not strip the tent of its color or treatments and does not leave a sticky residue behind.
Step 4
Clean the room tent with an alternative cleaning mixture. Combine 1 cup salt, 1 cup concentrated lemon juice, and 1 gallon hot water in a large bucket. Wet the tent walls with the solution using an abrasive sponge. Rinse with clean water until the runoff runs clear.
Step 5
Set up the room tent in direct sunlight so it can air dry under the sun's heat. If the tent is left inside, simply vent the room in which the tent was cleaned.

Tips & Warnings

Lemon juice will deodorize your room tent for a clean, fresh, citrus smell.
Allow your room tent to properly dry before folding or storing to prevent the growth of mildew and mold.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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