How Do You Wash a Tent After Camping?

Maintaining a clean tent is one of the most important aspects of camping, and it’s important to make sure that your tent is properly washed after each camping trip. Washing a tent after camping can be a daunting task, but with the right supplies and techniques you can easily keep your tent looking nice and clean. Here are some tips for how to wash a tent after camping.

Step 1: Remove Debris

Before you start washing your tent, you’ll want to brush off any dirt or debris that has accumulated on the exterior. Using a soft brush or cloth, gently scrub away any dirt or leaves that have collected on the outside of your tent. This will help ensure that all dirt and debris is removed prior to washing.

Step 2: Pre-Treat Stains

If there are any tough stains on your tent, it’s best to pre-treat them before washing. Use a gentle stain remover or detergent specifically made for tents and gently apply it onto the stain.

Allow it to sit for several minutes before scrubbing with a soft cloth or brush. Rinse off with cool water.

Step 3: Wash Tent

Fill up a large bucket with warm soapy water and submerge your entire tent in the bucket. Allow it to soak for several minutes before gently rubbing down any areas that need extra cleaning. Rinse off with cool water and allow the tent to air dry.


Washing a tent after camping doesn’t have to be difficult—it just requires some basic supplies and techniques. Start by removing debris from the exterior of the tent, pre-treating any tough stains, and then submerging your entire tent in soapy water before rinsing off with cool water and allowing it to air dry. With these tips you can easily keep your tent clean after each camping trip.

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Jennifer Watson