If your tent has gotten mold or mildew problems after storage, you’ll probably want to remove the mold and mildew before you start camping again. Mold and mildew not only make your tent smell funky, they also pose health problems if not dealt with rapidly and effectively.
What You’ll Need
– Chlorine bleach.
– Spray bottle.
– Garden hose.
– Sprayer attachment.
– Soft bristled brush.
– Tent waterproofing spray.
– Tent seam sealer.
First off, you’ll want to set up your tent in a driveway, back porch, or other clean and waterproof flat surface. Make sure you have some old clothes on, as the bleach solution can damage common clothing fabrics when mixed as strongly as you’ll need it to remove mold and mildew from your tent.
Go ahead and mix up a bleach solution — you’ll want to have 2 cups of bleach diluted into a gallon of water. Fill the spray bottle with the solution, and spray it onto any obvious mold or mildew spots. After each spot has been coated with the bleaching solution, scrub each spot with the brush. The bleach kills the tent mold, while the brush helps to remove the mold spores from the tent itself.
After each spot has been sprayed and scrubbed, rinse off the tent with the garden hose sprayer, paying special attention to the spots you sprayed and scrubbed earlier. Make sure you get everywhere, as you don’t want any of the bleach solution or mold to remain on the tent for any longer than necessary. After you’ve dealt with the outside of your tent, turn it inside out and do the same thing to the inside of the tent. This will ensure that all possible mold and mildew sources have been dealt with.
After you’re done washing the tent inside and out, you’ll want to set it up somewhere so that it can dry. In desert climates, a driveway or back porch works great. In wet or rainy climates, a garage might work better. Leave the tent to sit until it is completely dry.
The final step is to reapply sealant and waterproofing to your tent. First, you’ll want to use the seam sealer according to the directions that came with whichever brand of sealer you have. Once the seams have been resealed, you’ll want to go over your entire tent with waterproofing spray. This will not only waterproof your tent, but it will also help seal the fabric so that it is harder for your tent to get moldy again in the future.
Once everything’s sealed and waterproofed properly, you can take down your tent and put it away. You’re ready to camp!