what should I use to wash my tents?

2:23 p.m. on July 20, 2004 (EDT)
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I need to wash both of my tents. What's the best way to do this, and best detergent?
Also should I wash the tent flys or will washing hurt them?

4:18 p.m. on July 20, 2004 (EDT)
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If you absolutely have to wash them.....

hand wash them in the bathtub using a very weak solution of woolite (or such) and cool water. Rinse well, set up to dry completely before putting away.

Do not use vigourous agitation. You do not want to stress seams when fabric is wet.

To ensure future waterproofness, reapply seam sealer after tent and rainfly are dry.

Your best bet is to simply set up the tent and gently hose it off and wipe with soft sponge. Let it dry completely. Then reapply seam sealer.

If you use a washing machine, start shopping for a new tent.

5:35 p.m. on July 20, 2004 (EDT)
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Thanks for the info. Yeah I need to wash them

one of them smells like salami. No, really. And I haven't been eating in it.

6:08 a.m. on July 21, 2004 (EDT)
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try setting them up for a day

and letting them air out before you wash. The tent may have been damp when last stored.

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