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How to Wash a Tent

Tents are a home away from home when you're camping, so keep it clean and well maintained for a restful night's sleep in the great outdoors.


  • Step 1: Sweep out your tent Sweep out your tent with the broom while it is set up. Use the dustpan to collect any dust bunnies and dirt piles.
  • Step 2: Shake out the sides Grab a side of the tent lightly and gently shake the fabric to remove dust and dirt.
  • Step 3: Brush off the bottom Brush off the bottom of your tent with your hand or your broom and set it back down on a clean tarp.
  • Step 4: Fill a washbasin Fill the washbasin with cold water and non-detergent soap. Use the soft rag to wash the sides, inside and out, and the floor of the tent.
  • TIP: If your tent has mildew, wash it and then dilute an enzyme-based odor remover in a wash tub. Then sponge down the entire tent, but don't rinse it off.
  • Step 5: Allow to dry Allow the tent to dry away from direct sunlight.
  • Step 6: Disassemble Disassemble the tent and hang it on a clothesline to ensure that the bottom of the tent dries.
  • Step 7: Pack the tent away Pack the tent and your equipment away after the tent has completely dried. Store it in a cool, dry location to prevent mildew from growing on your clean outdoor bungalow.
  • FACT: The Coleman camping equipment company was founded by W.C. Coleman, a typewriter salesman who had an idea to design and sell gas lanterns.

You Will Need

  • Broom and dustpan
  • Tarp
  • Washbasin
  • Non-detergent soap
  • Soft rag
  • Clothesline
  • Soft sponge (optional)
  • Enzyme-based odor remover (optional)

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