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Tent cleaning - I have a bucket of water, and I have questions.

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Cappster Wed 17-Aug-11 10:39:31

The inside of our tent got all mouldy (prob because we put it away with invisible condensation in - we never, ever pack it away wet). Today we have put it up in the garden (it barely fits in the garden) and I have sponged all the inside with dilute Milton as recommended in various places online.

Now I have this idea that I have to wash the whole thing with this special shampoo I bought.

Is this insane? Does anyone actually ever wash their tents? I know I'll have to reproof it because of the Milton so part of me says I should Do Everything At Once. But then I'm one of those people who is constantly creating jobs for myself that are so big I never get them done.

Tell me, wise people. To wash the whole thing, or just do the bird poo?

IloveJudgeJudy Wed 17-Aug-11 11:15:15

Don't, don't wash the tent, please. It will probably make it un-waterproof (unless it's completely nylon, in which case I don't know).

Can't you just get rid of the bird poo with water? That would be best.

Cappster Wed 17-Aug-11 11:39:16

I had to do the tent with Milton for the mould so the waterproofing issue is a done deal - I've got a big can of waterproofer so I'm ready to go

I just wonder after three years of camping, could it do with a bit of a wash?

Blu Wed 17-Aug-11 17:03:43

Washing the whole thing sounds like a huge job!
And another bird wil only poo on it!
I wouldn't do it, but I am v chore-averse.
And not houseproud, esp about my tent.
But maybe I would be if I had a lovely canvas tent.

Hmmm. Should I buy a canvas tent?
If I did would I need to wash it?


Cappster Wed 17-Aug-11 20:17:57

I am not houseproud either, tbh. Have decided to give the thorough washing a miss. Have given the sig a quick mop, since I have lost count of the number of cups of tea/ mugs of milk that have been flung at it.

5ofus Wed 17-Aug-11 20:37:23

Sorry can't help with the tent washing except to say I wouldn't. Has spawned a question from me though - we've had our tent just over a year. It's a nylony Higear thing. When should I re waterproof it? Anyone got any tips? We also had a bird poo incident last year which has left us with a leaky patch.

Cappster Thu 18-Aug-11 09:41:46

Obviously I know nothing! Because I came on here! And I've never waterproofed my tent before!

But I'd reckon (because I am now a do-as-little-as-you-can guru, having decided not to wash the tent) just get some waterproofer to paint over the leaky bit. The rest isn't leaky, so don't do it.

I've been advised by a number of people to get the paint-on waterproofer, rather than the stuff you spray on.

notwavingjustironing Thu 18-Aug-11 09:50:47

Ooh Cappster I'm rubbish at advice with proper tents. I have a lovely nylon one that blows away quite a lot whilst I'm trying to put it up. Hopefully one of the Bell Tenters will come to your rescue.

PS you won't know me, but when I saw that name I wondered if you were who I thought you were, and now I know you are grin.

Do you think there will be a Twigster and a Codster coming soon (although unlikely to appear in the Camping section really aren't they?)

Cappster Thu 18-Aug-11 09:52:51

I wish I had a bell tent! No, tis just a nylon jobbie... hello to you too! so many old faces!

(that came out wrong. You have a very youthful face)

notwavingjustironing Thu 18-Aug-11 09:54:51

No, you were right the first time - justironing is the creases in my face.... grin

Blu Thu 18-Aug-11 11:33:52

yeah me too (old face grin)

I'm worried now! Our tent is 7 years old and I have never thought to wash it or waterproof it. It was OK in torrential rain a couple of weeks ago...hope it won't rain this w/e.

it will, won't it....

Cappster Thu 18-Aug-11 11:42:29

you have not let your tent go mouldy, Blu

this is the difference between us

notwavingjustironing Thu 18-Aug-11 11:42:39

No, its going to be lovely this weekend

<grasping at straws as I'm going away for a week this Saturday....>

Blu Thu 18-Aug-11 13:24:25

I may find that that is a difference no longer when I unpack our tent tomorrow, Cappster grin

I thought our tent was good and dry, but there had been a right downpour in the night....

Cappster Thu 18-Aug-11 14:56:22

Thing is, we have never put it away wet; if it's wet when we go home, we hang it over the washing line for a day or two in the dry. The mould was on the inside - caused by us breathing, I suppose.

Breathing. Huh. Such a mistake.

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