Tent Cleaning Tips
Posted on March 28, 2011
Extend the life of your tents with proper maintenance and cleaning. Understanding the proper way to maintain and clean the vinyl material that our tents are made from will help your tents look better and remain in good condition longer. If dirt accumulates on your tent surface, it can lead to mold and mildew growth, which shortens the lifespan of the material.
Tent Cleaning Guidelines
- Always clean tent fabrics on a non-abrasive surface. If you have to clean on pavement or concrete, cover with a drop cloth before laying out your tent fabric. Take care to avoid rocks and all sharp objects that may damage the fabric.
- For general cleaning, use mild liquid soap or detergent. Always start with the mildest and work up in strength as needed.
- Do not use solvents or any abrasive cleaners.
- Use soft bristle brushes, not rough scrubbing pads.
- Always rinse the fabric with clear water thoroughly after cleaning. Do not allow any soap residue to dry on the fabric.
- Always make sure the tent fabric is completely dry before storing.
- Sponge, mop or brush cleaning – most recommended by fabric manufacturers and least aggressive on the fabric surface.
- Buffer or floor polisher – be very careful with this method especially around the edges, scallops and rope rigging. Machine cleaning mistakes can quickly tear the tent fabric.
- Pressure washer – use at low pressures to lower risk of damaging the fabric. Maintain a distance of 24 inches from the fabric surface.
More info can be found at Herculite.com:
Do’s and Don’ts: How to Clean Large Commercial Tents
Common Mistakes People Make When Cleaning a Commercial Tent