How Do You Clean a Camping Tent?

Cleaning a camping tent is an important part of tent maintenance. Dirty tents can quickly become a breeding ground for mold, mildew and other parasites.

Taking time to properly clean your tent will help keep it in top condition for years to come. Here are some tips for cleaning a camping tent.

1. Start with the Tent Body

Begin by shaking off any dirt and debris from the outside of the tent.

If possible, set up the tent outside on a tarp or in a large area indoors, such as a garage. Then use a soft bristle brush and a mild soap and water solution to scrub away any stubborn stains or dirt.

2. Clean the Tent Poles

The poles of the tent should be wiped down using a damp cloth and then dried with another clean cloth afterwards. Do not use any harsh chemicals on the poles as this could damage them.

3. Clean the Tent Floor

The floor of your camping tent should be vacuumed or swept using a broom and dustpan to remove any dirt or debris. After sweeping, mop with warm soapy water and let air-dry completely.

4. Cleaning the Tent Fly

The fly can be cleaned separately from the body of the tent by removing it from the frame and setting it up somewhere else for cleaning. Spot-clean with soap and water, then rinse immediately with clean water to prevent staining.

5. Air Dry Your Tent

Always air dry your camping tent after cleaning it before storing it away in its carrying case or storage bag. Make sure all parts are completely dry before folding up your tent.


Cleaning your camping tent regularly is essential for maintaining its longevity and performance over time. Following these simple steps will help keep your camping gear in top condition so you can enjoy years of outdoor adventures!

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Alex Wright