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How Do I Get Mold Off My Tent?

The camping equipment can easily become a victim of mold and mildew. If your tent is not cleaned, dried, and stored properly when you put it away, mold can be an annoying problem.

You can get mold off of tent by brushing, washing, and bleaching.

 

Just imagine going to an epic campsite on the beach. Your tent is set up on a cliff overlooking the seashore. You are enjoying the sea air, the beach fires, and the outdoor camp meals.

When the dreaded moment comes to pack up, dismantle the camp and go home, you quickly shake the sand from your tent, clean it up very quickly, break the poles, put it in a sack and throw it in the trunk.

When you get home, that sack fills up in the attic of the garage and you go back to everyday life.

A few months later, when it’s time to go back to camping; you pack up the car and leave. You’re excited to go to the mountains and camp by the lake, so you unpack your gear and set up your camp. But wait, mold has invaded your tent, that moist ocean air didn’t evaporate before you put it in the tent, and while you were sitting in a warm garage during the summer, it rotted.

A wet, damp canvas in a well-enclosed area with a warm environment is the perfect storm for mold and mildew to grow in your tent.

 

 

Removing Mold from Our Tent

Since the mold is in our tent we must proceed to remove it, this is the best way to clean and remove the mold from our tent without having to spend a lot of money consulting with professionals in the area.

1. First, it may seem obvious, but it kills the mold.

2. Using a soft brush or toothbrush, brush the mold and mildew off the material.

3. Wash the affected area with a solution consisting of 1/2 cup of Lysol to one gallon of hot water.

4. And/or rinse with a solution of 1 cup lemon juice and 1 cup salt in one gallon of hot water.

5. Allow the material to dry completely in the sun.

6. Then, bleach the mold stain.

7. Wash or soak the affected area with bleach.

  1. For most fabrics, you can use non-chlorine bleach.

 

For Colored Fabrics

1. Use a solution of a cup of lemon juice and a cup of salt in one gallon of hot water.

2. For color-safe fabrics, use a solution of 2 tablespoons of chlorine per quart of water.

  1. Allow the bleached area to dry completely.

 

Tips

These are some tips we give you to prevent mold from building up and starting to grow inside your tent, so all your trips will always be free of these annoyances

1. Brush materials outdoors to avoid leaving mold spores in the house.

2. Make sure your camping equipment is dry before storing it.

Store your camping equipment in a dry, ventilated area.

 

What Is The Mold?

Mold is a fungus that is found both outdoors and indoors, but no one knows how many species of fungi there are, but it is estimated that there might be tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more.

Mold grows best in warm, wet, and humid conditions and spreads and reproduces through spores. Mold spores can survive in environmental conditions, such as dryness, that do not support normal mold growth.

How Does Mold Affect People?

Some people are extremely sensitive to molds and they can cause damage to them; exposure to molds in these people may cause symptoms such as nasal congestion, eye irritation, or wheezing.

Other people with severe mold allergies may experience more severe reactions that occur among workers exposed to large amounts of molds in the workplace, such as farmers who work around moldy hay all day. Some of them can include fever and difficulty breathing.

People with chronic diseases, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop lung mold infections.

Maintaining hygiene is the key to a well-kept mold-free tent. It’s not just about dismantling and putting it away, you have to make sure it’s dry before you put it away.

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