How to Clean a Canopy Tent

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Many people believe a bit of brushing and dusting of their canopy tents is enough before packing it away until the next time. However, the fabric of canopy tents needs special care if you want to preserve the waterproofing properties and UV protection.

Can I wash my canopy tent in a washing machine?

Never wash and dry your tent in a washer and dryer. Even a gentle cycle can stretch and damage the tent.

How should I wash my canopy tent?

Washing both sides and reaching hidden seams are best achieved by laying your canopy tent out on a flat surface.

Add some mild multi-cleaner to a bucket with lukewarm water. Avoid cleaners containing abrasive chemicals to ensure you don’t compromise the canopy’s UV protection and its waterproof and flame-retardant properties.

Using a foam sponge, clean both sides of the tent without using force.

The easiest way to rinse it after the wash is to use a hosepipe to run a gentle stream of tap water over the entire surface.

How do I dry the canopy tent?

It is crucial not to pack your canopy tent away before it is completely dry. Lay the wet canopy flat on a clean surface to dry. If possible, choose a period with several consecutive sunny days for this process. Before folding your tent, double-check those thick, double-stitched seams. They take the longest to dry and are also the first areas to grow mold if they are damp when the canopy tent is packed for storage.

Must I clean the frame of my canopy tent?

Use a dry, soft cloth to wipe the poles before you pack them away. Take extra care after using the canopy oceanside. If you don’t remove the grit and salt spray, the canopy frame will corrode.

What will happen if I leave my canopy tent up for extended periods?

You will significantly reduce the lifespan of your canopy tent if you leave it erected for long periods. Let’s look at the damage different weather conditions could cause.

Sun — Excessive exposure to the sun’s UV rays typically causes the polyester and nylon fabric to become brittle and easily tearable. UV damage is permanent and non-repairable. Pitching your canopy in partial shade is best.

Rain — If you allow it to pool on the top, the weight of the water will stretch the fabric and cause it to tear after a few times. Furthermore, the added weight could damage the frame.

Snow — The weight of accumulated snow on your canopy tent causes damage similar to that caused by rainwater. However, some tents are manufactured to carry some snow loads, with ratings indicated on the packaging.

Wind — The design of canopy tents causes them to easily lift and roll over when used in strong winds. Always anchor your canopy securely; even in perfect weather, a strong gust of wind can cause chaos in the blink of an eye. Not only could you lose your canopy tent, but it could cause injuries or property damage.

Bottom line

By taking proper care of your canopy tent, taking it down after use, washing and drying it and preventing weather damage, you could get the most value for your money and extend its lifespan.

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    Riley Draper

    Riley Draper is a writer and entrepreneur from Chattanooga, Tennessee. As a world traveler, he has been to more than fifty countries and hiked some of the most elusive trails in the world. He is the co-founder of WeCounsel Solutions and has published work in both national and global outlets, including the Times Free Press, Patch, and Healthcare Global. When he's not writing, he's probably on a hiking trip or climbing in the mountains.