Here’s how to clean a dirty tent:
Spot clean with soap: After you shake out the tent to remove any debris & sand, use a cloth or sponge and small amount of mild dish soap to spot clean any extra-dirty areas.
Prep the tub: Fill your tub with cool to lukewarm water and add a small amount of vinegar.
Prep your tent: Unzip the doors and turn the tent inside out.
Soak your tent: Immerse the tent, poles and the rainfly in the tub.
Rinse thoroughly: Drain your tub and refill it with clean water. You may have to do this several times to remove any residual vinegar odor..
Dry completely: Set your tent up or hang it in a cool, shaded area until it is completely dry.
*If your tent has mildew, mold or foul odors, use an enzyme cleaner, such as MiraZyme™. Follow the directions closely for the enzyme cleaner, especially with regard to how long to soak the tent. Leaving the tent soaking for longer than the prescribed time can risk hydrolysis, where water begins to break down waterproof polyurethane coatings.
*If the zippers aren’t running smoothly, take a toothbrush and scrub out any sand, dirt, mud or saltwater residue that’s trapped in the zipper teeth. For stubborn dirt, rinse the zipper with water, then brush.