How to Clean Tent Canvas

How to Clean Tent CanvasCanvas tents last for years if they are well taken care of. Sometimes after extended use, mud and dirt will accumulate. If not put away dry, mold and mildew can develop. To clean a canvas tent, it's best to wait for a warm, sunny day, so the tent has time to dry.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Brush
  • Mild detergent like ivory dish soap
  • Bucket of warm water
  • Hydrogen peroxide
Step 1
Lay out the tent on a large dry surface like a driveway.
Step 2
Mix some soap with warm water in a bucket to about the concentration of dishwashing water.
Step 3
Scrub the tent using the soapy water. Concentrate on visible areas of dirt and mold. When finished, rinse the canvas off with a hose.
Step 4
Leave the tent to dry completely in the sun. If the mold or dirt is still visible, repeat the scrubbing using a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water. Hose the tent off when you're finished, and allow it to dry.
Step 5
Even mild soap can damage the waterproofing on the tent. After it has dried completely, apply a new layer of waterproofing to ensure the tent continues to keep you dry.

Article Written By Jason Gordon

Jason Gordon is a professional writer and editor. In addition to online work, he has written for "Texas Highways," "AAA Southwest," "Glimpse," the "University of Washington Daily" and the "Dallas Morning News." Gordon's passions include animals, reading and finding the perfect pairings of pastry and espresso.

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