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Keeping Your Child’s Play Tent Clean

By Peter Thompson

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.

Before folding down the play tent and storing it in its carry bag, it is best that you clean it first. But if cleaning up the tent before packing it up is impossible to do right there and then, put the tent back up and clean it the soonest that you can. It is more convenient to clean a tent when it is standing up because it is very difficult to clean and dry a tent 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 you find a stain on your child’s play tent, then you will need a much deeper cleaning. Go for cleaner that does not contain detergent chemicals and if you can, use the one that is specially intended to clean tents and like materials. Mix the cleaner with water in the amount stated in the cleaner’s instructions.

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.

If you find molds in your child’s play tent, a much stronger solution is needed. But usually, a mixture made of half water and half vinegar will suffice. You can either spray it on the tent or soak the tent in it, depending on the size of the area that needs cleaning. After soaking, scrub the mold off with a brush and rinse the tent thoroughly when you are done. Again, make sure that you dry the tent completely before storing it away.

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Thompson, Peter "Keeping Your Child’s Play Tent Clean." Keeping Your Child’s Play Tent Clean. 6 Jul. 2010. 6 Oct 2014 <>.

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Thompson, P (2010, July 6). Keeping Your Child’s Play Tent Clean. Retrieved October 6, 2014, from

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Thompson, Peter "Keeping Your Child’s Play Tent Clean"

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