Over time, we realize that your campsite might need a little bit of sprucin' up. Occasionally, your canvas tent may collect dirt, dust, or mildew or your site tables may need a little bit of love. Not to worry - it is the outdoors, after all! Here's a quick guide to cleaning and maintaining your campsite supplies. Regular maintenance, cleanings, and inspections for mold and mildew buildup will keep your canvas tent in working order for years to come.
Getting rid of mildew: If your canvas tent has fallen victim to mold and/or mildew deposits, you can effectively clean it using an essential oil blend and a bristle brush. We suggest Thieves Cleaner. This essential oil blend is available through Tentrr Mercantile. This concentrated formula produces enough solution to put some pep back into your tents step.
To use, dilute 3-4 capfuls of Thieves cleaner in a 16oz spray bottle. Spray the affected area with the cleaner, completely soaking the mold/mildew area. Scrub the area with a scrub brush and allow to soak and dry for 24 hours.
Using the IOSSO product (found in mercantile) as an alternative or in addition to the thieves cleaner is highly recommended as well. As a last resort, renting a pressure washer and really hosing down your tent is a good option as well!
If you have found something that works for you, we'd be happy to add here for other CampKeepers to try. We are always working on finding better ways to clean the canvas.
Protecting from mildew & water damage: We highly suggest using a water repellent solution to help protect the canvas from water, soil, oil, bird droppings, or other environmental pollutants. We recommend purchasing the Protectant Kit from the Mercantile, this includes a Mold and Mildew spot cleaner as well as a water repellant both brought to you by the trusted IOSSO brand that cleans without harming your tent's canvas or color. Removes mold, mildew, tough dirt, grease and oil, algae, bird droppings, spider droppings, tannin (leaf) stains, tree sap, some food and drink stains, and more. It is non-chlorine, biodegradable, and has no harmful vapors. One jar of concentrate makes three gallons of solution.
The water repellant provides invisible protection and dries completely without any residue. It protects from water, soil, oil, bird droppings, and environmental pollutants. Simply spray on generously and let dry. It is non-solvent and non-silicon. One container of water repellent concentrate makes two gallons of solution. There is enough solution in this kit to clean and protect up to 450 square feet of fabric. Your Tentrr canvas tent is approximately 395 square feet and is best cleaned with a soft-bristled brush.
Please note: Our tents are treated with a waterproofing agent when they leave the factory. After cleaning your tent, it is advisable to re-apply a canvas waterproofing agent to your tent to ensure a comfortable experience for each guest.
Removing dust: Use the bristle brush (included with your campsite installation kit) and thoroughly brush the canvas, starting from the interior of the tent and working your way out. Be sure to pay close attention to any exceptionally dust-laden areas, like corners or between flaps.
Wood side tables & bunk bed headboard: A product like Thompson’s Water Seal will seal your headboard and side tables as well as stain it and prevent mildew/mold. If your headboard or side tables have been afflicted with Mold/Mildew spots, This sealant and stain will have your headboard looking brand new. Re-apply stain each year. No Sanding required.
To help stains or mildew, use 2-3 Capfuls of Thieves cleaner in a 16oz spray bottle. Spray the area of the tent that you are treating. Use a hand held scrub brush (The stronger the bristles the better, no metal scrub brushes) and scrub the stained area. Once spot or stain is removed, do not spray with water. Allow the spot to dry for 24 hours.
Bench backs & safety rails: You can wash your canvas bench backs in a washing machine with a small amount of bleach, enough to kill the mildew but not enough the discolor the canvas is ideal. After you have cleaned your canvas bench backs or safety rails, please allow them to hang/air dry.
To help stains or mildew, use 2-3 Capfuls of Thieves cleaner in a 16oz spray bottle. Spray the area of the tent that you are treating. Use a hand held scrub brush (The stronger the bristles the better, no metal scrub brushes) and scrub the stained area. Once spot is removed, do not spray with water. Allow the spot to dry for 24 hours.
If you need to restock your campsite or check out the cleaning solutions we have available, you can purchase it in your Tentrr Mercantile account!