Although most of the play tents that you buy online are strong and durable, that does not necessarily mean that they are free from getting dirty. Every time you set up your child’s play tent, they are always bound to get covered in dust and stains; and when you set them up outside, they are very likely to get covered in mud and stains, especially if there is an inclement weather. That is why, it is always best to keep your child’s play tent at all times.
Always clean the tent before folding it down and putting it inside its pouch or carry case. If in case cleaning up before packing is not an option, put the tent back up the soonest that you can. The best way to clean a tent is when it is standing up because it will be more difficult to clean and harder to dry when it is collapsed.
Most of the play tents sold are treated with special chemicals in order to make them waterproof, stain resistant as well as mildew resistant. Therefore it is not at all necessary or advisable to wash them. Washing the tent can ruin and deteriorate its waterproof finish. If your child’s platy tent is simply dusty and dirty from regular indoor use, the best way to clean it is to use a brush and a vacuum. Shake the tent outside and brush or sweep away as much dirt as you can. Use a small, handheld vacuum in order to remove the remaining dirt.
If there is a stain on your child’s play tent, it is advisable to do a deeper cleaning. Choose a cleaner that does not contain detergent and if possible, use the one that is specifically intended for cleaning tents and like materials. Mix the cleaner with water in the amount specified on the bottle.
Using a detergent to clean the tent is not advisable because its chemicals can break down any special coatings that the play tent might have. After rinsing thoroughly, hose the tent down for the last time just to make sure that all the cleaner is removed. Be sure to dry it completely before packing it away.
Just in case your child’s play tent has molds, you will need something stronger to get rid of it. A half cup of water and a half cup of vinegar will do the trick – spray it on the tent or soak the tent in the mixture, depending on the size of the area that needs to be cleaned. After soaking for some time, scrub the mold off with a brush and rinse the tent thoroughly. Again, make sure that you dry it completely before storing it away.