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Message posted by ianpm14/3/2010 at 7:28pm
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Hi

How do you get rid of mildew and the dam smell of mildew from tent?

We put our tent away slightly damp time before last and now it smells musty.

all the best

Ian

Message posted by john ross on wye14/3/2010 at 7:39pm
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Hi Ian, I belive the way to do it is to give it a thorough rinse in a Milton solution, and then to dry and air it thoroughly. All the best John.

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Message posted by dadsbeaniemad14/3/2010 at 7:41pm
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What tent? What's it made of?


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Message posted by uptheiron6914/3/2010 at 7:48pm
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Don't forget to re-proof you tent fabric!!!

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Message posted by ianpm14/3/2010 at 8:11pm
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It's a Vango Diablo 900. Thanks for the advice we'll try the Milton solution

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Message posted by Valk_scot14/3/2010 at 8:41pm
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Quote: Originally posted by ianpm on 14/3/2010


It's a Vango Diablo 900. Thanks for the advice we'll try the Milton solution

No, don't do that unless it has actual mildew on it. Musty does not necessarily equal mouldy. And re-treating a tent after you've put Milton on it is a long and tedious job. Instead try opening it up and leaving it pitched for a couple of days. Hose it down with plain water and allow tpo dry. You can wash inners in the washing machine if they are small enough...non-bio powder, 30'c wash, rinse cycle twice to make sure all the powder is out.

If you've got mildew on the flysheet though you've probably wrecked the waterproofing. You can try Milton, soap solution (not detergent) and several rinses with plain water before treating with Fabsil to reproof it. However it's a tedious process, Fabsil is not cheap and unless you completely eradicate the mould spores it will probably come straight back as soon as the tent gets damp. In addition sleeping in a mouldy tent is not ideal, especially if you have kids, anyone with allergies or anyone with asthma in the family. In a lot of cases it's best just to dump the tent if the mould is extensive....and never put a tent away wet again, mmm?



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Message posted by Feecamp16/3/2010 at 8:31pm
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We put our Carrera 600 away last year after drying it off in the house for several days after rain on the last night of our last trip.

Everything was definitely dry but we hauled it all out a few weeks ago just to check all was well (and to calm the "I wanna go camp" noises in my head!!).  The flysheet was fine (polycotton) but the inners which were stored in the other side of the Vango "valise" smelled a little musty.  No visible signs of damp at all so we just aired them again in the house - snow outside and the garden not big enough for the tent unless we and the postman walk through it to get to the front door of the house!!

After a few days, the smell had gone so the inners have been repacked but this time we've left the pack open slightly - don't fancy that musty smell on next month's first outing!!



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Message posted by woodchip16/3/2010 at 9:43pm
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Bicarbonate of Soda,brilliant stuff.Gets rid of most smells,vomit,spilt milk and lots of others. 

Message posted by heath6316/3/2010 at 9:43pm
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I think you all ways get the musty smell when tents have been packed away even when dry.  mine is draped over the wardrobe at the moment.  Will need to repack and do the same with the inners.

Message posted by heath6316/3/2010 at 9:45pm
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Hi woodchip,

what do you do with the bicarbinate of soda


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Message posted by 2gocampin17/3/2010 at 10:54am
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We had a Diablo a few years back and it had the same problem, turns out keeping them too close to a radiator when packed made it sweat in the bag, lesson learnt there !! Anyway we washed the area down with warm water mixed with salt and lemon juice and let the sun dry it out. It worked and smelt very fresh afterwards, luckily it was only the inner that was affected so we didnt need to waterproof it.

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Message posted by Tidburyboy17/3/2010 at 11:23am
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I would like to urge you to take special note of Valk's comments.

If there are mould spots on your tent - Mould spores are able to live for years "inactive" And they can flourish at an astonishing rate if "reactivated" by damp or humid conditions.

In general terms, they are quite difficult to eradicate completely without using fairly harsh chemicals which would (as Val says) damage the waterproofing.

Also, be sure to check the sack/bag the tent is stored in.




Message posted by woodchip17/3/2010 at 1:30pm
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Re;heath63            Wash a solution on affected parts,let it dry!

Message posted by woodchip17/3/2010 at 1:37pm
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Forgot to say,if you Google bicarbonate of soda it comes up with loads of good ideas.

Message posted by yngwie17/3/2010 at 6:22pm
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hi

ive  had to reseal ours(montana outwell 12) due to us having mould witch i used milton fluid to stop it and clean it does the job great.

then i resealed it spraying it with thomsons waterseal i used 5 litres to do the lot. 

first time out and it poured down,we all had bets on witch puddles would run off the tent first.

hope this helps(if you have to reseal it)hope its not that bad.

yngwie.


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Hi

I used a vango diablo 900 for 3 years, i gave up in the end trying to keep it clean, its camping after all, i always packed a febreeze and would spray it in the inner tent every now and then and keep all the windows open for a while, worked a treat

Pete



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