Hiking and camping is a great way to get out and enjoy the great outdoors while also getting a healthy workout in at the same time. Staying in shape and being healthy is a top priority for many Americans these days and what better way to stay on top of your health and fitness goals than by spending time in nature? Well, before you set out on your adventure, you must make sure that your tent is in good and proper order and is clean enough for you and your family to use. In today’s article, we’re going to explore some best practices you can use in order to keep your tent clean and in tip top shape.
The best time to clean your tent is at the beginning of the season before your first outing and after each extended camping trip that lasts more than two nights. At the beginning and end of each camping season, you should inspect your tent to make sure that there are no mold spots, tears, or broken zippers that may negatively impact your tent’s performance on the next trip. Here is a quick checklist of things you should inspect:
Cleaning your tent is easier in a lot of ways than it is to do the full function and system check. You will need just a few common household cleaning ingredients which we will detail below. If you clean only one thing for your camping adventures this year, then let it be your tent as it can be the most important part of your kit to keep maintained.
Mix the warm water and soap in the bucket. Make a very diluted solution because if it is too strong or harsh, then it can strip away your tent’s water coating layer. We recommend about 1 to 2 tablespoons of soap per gallon of water.
Wet your sponge and dab and scrub soiled areas to remove most of the dirt. You may need to do spot cleaning with the toothbrush. Scrub the zippers inside and out using the brush and allow them to fully dry. You can use a paper towel or dry dish towel to dry off the wet spots or you can simply hang up your tent in a cool dry place like your garage or backyard during the day.
Here are some best practices for keeping your tent in good working order that you can deploy after each trip.
For The Road
Cleaning your camping tent each time is no small feat, but with a little preparation you can be ready for anything that comes your way this year. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!