How to Get Rid of Mildew in Nylon Tents

How to Get Rid of Mildew in Nylon TentsOne of the biggest threats to the condition of your tent is the growth of mildew during storage. This can occur when a tent is packed away with moisture trapped inside. If left untreated, the mildew can destroy the laminate protecting your tent's interior from the rain, leaving a terrible odor and a stain that won't come out.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Sponge
  • Lysol
  • Bucket (1 gallon or larger)
  • Salt
  • Lemon juice
Step 1
Scrub the mildewed area with a wet sponge. If it is new growth, this may be enough to get rid of the mildew.
Step 2
Mix 4 oz. of Lysol into 1 gallon of hot water. Use a sponge to scrub the mildewed area with this solution.
Step 3
Open the tent and place it outside to dry.
Step 4
Mix 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of concentrated lemon juice into 1 gallon of hot water. Rub this mixture into the mildew and allow the tent to dry. Repeat if necessary.

Tips & Warnings

Always allow your tent to fully dry before packing it away.
Check the tent a few days after storing it to make sure moisture isn't trapped.
If the stain persists after the mildew is killed, use direct sunlight to treat the stain.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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