Life is always better with a roof over your head. Especially in the great outdoors.
Therefore, the maintenance of any shelter is extremely important. Here’s how I keep my tent neverDirtyMostlyClean…
Wtf it’s not even my tent
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Step 1: Precautions Against Mold N'stuff
Never leave a wet tent in its bag after a camping or backpacking trip. As soon as you return home from one, you should lay out your tent and all its components on the ground (Indoors or Outdoors) where it will dry out. Immediately drying your tent will prevent mold and mildew from growing in the fabric.
If you plan on cleaning your tent as soon as you get back, you can skip this step. I usually dry out my (not actually mine) tent in the garage and leave it there for a couple of days before cleaning it.
Step 2: Get Your Stuff Together!
When the sunny day of non-procrastination finally arrives, get your stuff all together and put it in a backpack—all your stuff, so it's together.
And if you gotta take it somewhere, take it somewhere, you know? Take it to the stuff store and sell it, or put it in a stuff museum. I don't care what you do! You just gotta get it together! [Morty S2E3]
- Tent Broom + Dust Pan (or leafblower)
- Water delivery system (Spicket/spigot/faucet, hose, children with buckets, etc….)
- Rag/Old T-Shirt/bandana
- Soap (Idk if soap is bad for tents, but it smells better than mold. It’s not my tent anyways XD)
- Heavy waterproof items (For weighing down the tent)
- Flat ground near water source, preferably concrete (e.g. driveway... )
n.b. If you clean your tent on grass, wet grass bits will stick to the bottom of the tent.
Step 3: Pitch and Shake
Pitch your tent on flat ground. If your tent is on soft ground, don’t stake it down.
Next, with a broom or leafblower, sweep/blow out all the dust, trash, and leaves inside the tent. (Throw away the trash.) The most destructive method is to flip the tent and shake everything out the door. This is what one does for borrowed tents… just duct tape the holes in the rain fly. hehehe
*Be careful when stepping inside of your tent - trekking in dirt will not make it cleaner.
Step 4: Rinse
Now your tent is ready to get wet again. Hose down both the inside and outside of the tent and rainfly. Scrub dirt off with a sponge, and use soap if you want the tent to smell nice. Rinse off the soap with more water.
Once you are satisfied with your work, open the tent door as well as all the other ventilation ports. If the interior is flooded, flip the tent over and let the water flow out of the door.
Step 5: Dry
Let your tent dry in a sunny spot. Place a few heavy items inside the tent so it doesn’t blow away if a random storm hits. Stake it down if your tent is on soft ground.
Come back in a few hours and wipe up puddles of water on the inside with a rag. Once everything is dry, flip the tent over to check if the bottom of the tent is dry. Brush off grass or leaves stuck to the bottom.
Finally, pack up the tent and return it to the person who didn’t remember loaning it to you...