How to clean the tent after the rain?
Summer is also a very suitable season for camping. Even if the rain does not stop, it is difficult to stop the outdoor friends from wanting to go out. However, there is an important problem. If the tent is dirty when camping on a sunny day, or if the tent is wet with rain during the rainy season, it may face the problem of mildew if it is not cleaned properly.
So, how can we solve the problem of collection and cleaning step by step when we encounter such weather and the mood is already affected? Let me give you some advice.
How to clean used tents
There are two situations:
1. Tents after use in normal sunny days
In this case, the tent only has a bottom cloth, and then there is a little dirt on the accessories. A simple cleaning with a rag and decontamination supplies is enough, and then it can be stored and used again.
If you encounter a crowded place, for example, some people have a habit of cleaning and feel a little entangled psychologically, you can use an appropriate amount of detergent to clean the tent as a whole, but the workload may be a little heavy.
2. The tent has experienced rain damage
(1) Drain the water outside the tent first
After the rain stops, put down the door curtain before checking in, shake or tap the tent gently to let the residual water drop roll down, or tap with a towel to absorb the water, but try to avoid wiping vigorously because it may damage the coating on the fabric surface.
(2) Pay attention to parts that are not easy to dry
Pay attention to windproof ropes, elastic belts and other parts that are easy to absorb water, even if the tent itself is a fast drying fabric, However, once these parts are not air dried in time, it is easy to cause mildew in the contact area with the tent after storage.
So make sure these areas are relatively dry before storage. If the weather conditions on the site permit, the tent can be turned over and dried for a while before storage. Pay attention to spreading the windbreak rope to make it easier to dry.
(3) In addition to the tent body, the parts should also be dried
Sometimes it is not because of rain, but because the weather is wet, it is easy to cause dew on the fabric, and it also needs to be dried before storage.
(4) Go home and find the vacant land nearby
If the conditions at the camp site do not allow, you can take all the equipment home after the camp is withdrawn, make reasonable use of the green belt under the house or the nearby park, and try to avoid damaging the plants when drying.
(5) Set up a drying rack
If the weather conditions permit, a simple drying rack can be directly set up on the site with two sky curtain poles and windproof ropes and hung on it for drying.
(6) With the help of trees
If there are trees around the forest land, you can also directly tie the four corners of the tent to the trees to increase the dry area.
(7) Set up the tent with chairs
The part in contact with the ground can be raised by chairs to keep air circulation between the tent and the floor mat and accelerate the drying speed.
(8) Get home and take the tent out of the wet bag as soon as possible
After going home, find a well ventilated place, lay waterproof plastic cloth on the ground, take out the tent, spread it out and dry it in the shade. Don't be afraid of being too tired after camping, because if the tent is moldy, the workload will become greater.
(9) Dry in the car
It's not recommended, but it can be operated when there is no choice. It takes about three days to dry the tent in the shade, and it is easy to leave a little odor.
(10) Wipe off dirt and mud spots after drying
When the tent is nearly dry, it is necessary to remove the residual mud spots and stains on the cloth. You can use (outdoor fabric cleaner) this kind of detergent specially for outdoor fabrics for local cleaning. Large area wiping may cause the waterproof layer of the tent to peel off. Also, remember not to throw the tent directly into the washing machine.
(11) Scrubbing accessories
In addition to tents, all metal accessories such as floor nails should also be wiped with mud stains and stored after drying.
(12) Proper storage of tents
Correct storage method to prolong the service life of tents
- remove the dirt and save it
- store in dry state
- avoid storing in wet places
Ultraviolet rays will accelerate the aging of the tent, and moisture will cause mold growth. The ideal storage environment for the tent is to meet the four conditions of "no direct sunlight", "low humidity", "good ventilation" and "constant temperature".
Suggestions for mold removal, cleaning and maintenance of tents
I'd like to give you a suggestion:
It is necessary to clean and tidy up the tent at the first time after the end of each camping. This good habit is very important for camping. As for me, it is because I think it is too troublesome to remove mold, so I always dry the tent in time.
So, it's good to come back from camping.
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