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How to Get Rid of Mould in a Tent

When coming home from a camping trip, it can be tempted to throw all the gear in the garage and forget about it for another year, but this is exactly when mould and mildew come out to play. Here's how to avoid it.

How to Get Rid of Mould in a Tent

Getting out the tent after a long stint in the garage and finding it full of mould is an all too common problem for tent owners. We explain how to treat your tent if this happens, as well as how to avoid the mould from ever forming in the first place.

How to Remove Mold

While bleach may seem like an ideal solution for killing off most anything, it is probably not your best solution for your tent. Why? Because it can discolour and damage the fabric severely. That's why we've come up with some other options below.

Important Notes:
  • No matter what option you choose, ensure you always do a test patch first.
  • Always set up your tent fully when you're cleaning it. This makes the job 100 times easier.
  • When dealing with polyester/nylon fabrics it is best to scrub using a non-abrasive sponge. However, it is permissible to use a stiff bristle brush for canvas tents.
Option 1: Soap & Water

It is always sensible to start with the less aggressive option when it comes to cleaning surfaces, especially those you intend on sleeping in again. Try mixing up a simple soap and water mix and give that a whirl. Allow to dry after cleaning.

Option 2: Vinegar

¼ cup of white Vinegar mixed with 1 cup of warm water. Do not rinse and allow to dry.

Option 3: Lemon Powder

Add 1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice to 1 cup of salt and 1 litre of hot water. Apply, let dry and repeat if needed.

Option 4: 100% All Natural Antibacterial Tea Tree Oil

Apply, do not wash off and allow to dry.

How to prevent a visit from mould and mildew

As always, the best cure is prevention. First things first, when it comes time to pack up for the trip home, always ensure that you shake and sweep your tent well. You want it to be as free from dirt as possible.

Secondly, ensure your tent is as dry as possible before folding away. If it is raining and you need to get home, and you have no choice but to pack up your tent while it is wet, just ensure that once you have arrived home that you open the tent up and allow it to air dry before putting it into storage.

Always make sure to store your tent in a cool, dark, dry space to prevent mould and mildew from forming.

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