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Removing Mildew from a Tent

September 29, 2010

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September 25, 2010

I have a big wall tent. We went trail riding with the horses and it happened to rain that night. We didn't even think about it and put it away. Well now taking it out for elk camp the mold is really bad. We are trying to clean it the best we can, but don't know how to get the stains out of it?

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September 28, 20100 found this helpful

Try using white vinegar. It is great for mold/mildew removal and for preventing in the future. For heavy mildew, use full strength vinegar, or mix 1 part vinegar with 3 parts vinegar for light mildew. The smell of vinegar will be strong at first but will dry quickly. It will also help to deodorize the tent as well. As for using vinegar when camping, add a few drops of vinegar to your drinking canteen or thermos. It will keep the water fresh longer and be a better thirst quencher. You will not taste the vinegar.

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September 28, 20100 found this helpful

Lysol spray.

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September 29, 20100 found this helpful

Go to an RV store and buy the product they sell for cleaning camper canvases.

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December 12, 20160 found this helpful

Peroxide with a bit of plain old non-concentrated or scented Dawn fishable liquid sprayed onto mildew/mold stains will fade the stain. May require a few treatments. No need to scrub. Just let sit OUT of the sunlight, as the peroxide could possibly lighten your fabric in direct sunlight. Feel free to spot test in sunlit, if you cannot set your tent up otherwise. I have not had any fading from it, but just advising for cautions sake. House down after achieved stain removal.

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June 24, 2005

How can I remove mildew off my tent without damaging the tent and remove the smell?

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August 24, 20070 found this helpful

Removing Mildew

Mildew can develop any time your tent is stored wet. It looks bad, smells bad and can damage your tent's waterproof coatings. DON'T LET IT START. Alas, if it already exists, here's one way to approach it:
Try some light scrubbing with a sponge during a regular cleaning session.
If it's still apparent, mix one-half cup of Lysol® in 1 gallon of hot water.
Dip a sponge in this solution use it to lightly but thoroughly scrub mildew-afflicted areas.
Set up the tent and allow it to air dry.
Then, mix 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of concentrated lemon juice with 1 gallon of hot water.
Rub the solution into the visible mildew and once again, allow the tent to dry.
This procedure will stop mildew growth and eliminate the odor, but will not remove the stain.

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February 15, 2017

There are several common household products that can be used to remove mildew. This is a page about vinegar for removing mildew from a tent.

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