How To Clean a Canvas Tent
The best way to explain the process (and there are a few of the finer points that people obviously disagree on) is to give the basic points step by step, and then delve into each step when needed. These first steps assume that there is no mold or mildew. If you have any questions, please skip to the next section.
How to clean a canvas tent
step by step:
(If possible) lie in a sunny place
Use a soft brush to wipe any dry dust or dirt on the tent
This is the demolding step-skip to the next section to learn more
Scrub the canvas tent with water or water-vinegar solution
Rinse with cold water
Repeat these steps as needed
Step 1: Lay tent out in a sunny place
Finding a sunny place is crucial because even when you are cleaning a canvas tent, you want it to dry as quickly as possible. You don't want the canvas to stay damp or cool. You want it to dry out quickly.
Step 2: Dry brush the dust or dirt off the canvas tent
Before touching your canvas tent, be sure to wipe off loose debris, dust, or dirt with a soft bristle brush. Basically, any dirt or debris you want to remove before any water touches the canvas. It is very important that the brush is soft bristles, not hard thistles.
If necessary, you can check the tent twice, but make sure to clean everything up before going to the cleaning phase.
Step 3: Check for mold, mildew, or deep stains
This is very important. Canvas may be a little prone to mold, mildew, or damage-induced stains, especially if it is used for a long period of time. The older the tent, the more likely this is to become a problem.
Step 4: Wash with warm water mixture
Use a soft brush to clean the tent
. The recommended mixture is warm water and white vinegar. This method works well and avoids the potential problems that may be caused by detergents. Although a mixture of liquid soap and water can be used, if you are going in this direction, use a weaker end soap. You don't want anything harsh or strong. Avoid bleach, avoid harsh soaps or detergents, and use warm water at most-you don't want hot water.
Step 5: Rinse with cold water
After thorough washing and scrubbing, rinse with cold water. You don't want to get soap or residue on the canvas. You need to rinse these things off thoroughly to make sure that only water is left on the canvas.
Step 6: Dry in the sun
The quicker it can dry out the better, and having a small patch of dry ground in direct sunlight is absolutely ideal. Drying out these canvas tents
will help protect the cotton and prevent mold or mildew from occupying it. Don't skip or shorten this step!
Step 7: Repeat as needed
If there are still signs of mold, mildew, or dirt, repeat the process as needed. Keep in mind that canvas tents are not known for maintaining their perfect appearance for long periods of time, but if they are properly taken care of, they can be kept in good condition.
Recommended step 8: waterproof
Once the cleaning is complete, it is a good time to apply to waterproof, and especially bring care to parts of the tent that may have been damaged by mold or time.