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Message posted by Crazycampers8211/8/2013 at 5:34pm
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Hi all,

Just had a few nights camping in Cornwall in our vancanza Toronto 6 berth tent. Unfortunately we had to pack it up in the rain, so was very damp- we then went on to the in- laws for a few days with no chance of drying it out. We got it out for two nights camping on the way home, and of course we've got a few spots of black mould on the outer skin but also quite a lot on the inner tent. It's lovely and dry now but obviously will need some attention.

Is it possible to machine wash the inner tent? And was thinking about using diluted Milton solution or something similar on the few spots- and will it need reproofing afterwards? Is there another product we can use that won't mean reproofing?

Any advice appreciated!

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Message posted by RTS511/8/2013 at 6:17pm
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You've got it spot on there Mel. Machine wash the inners, I use a gentle wash/spin with a gentle washing liquid. Then 1 part Milton to 10 parts water and sponge the tent clean. You may not get rid of the patches completely on the tent but it will stop any new growth. If you don't have to rub too hard you may not need to reproof but do a quick hosepipe test on the areas you've cleaned and then reproof if needed.

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Ok great, thanks for that! Will give it a go :-)

Message posted by apollomitchell11/8/2013 at 7:33pm
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Hi there I used Dettol mould and mildew remover when our tent developed the dreaded black bits found if I sprayed it on them and just left it you didn't have to scrub at them they just disappeared, we did however reproof our tent just as a precaution,

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Yes I'd seen that on another thread- I might give that a go and then do the hosepipe test.

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You can wash inners if they fit in the machine, but do an extra rinse cycle at the end to get rid of any detergent residue.

As to the flysheet, Milton (diluted to the strength for baby bottles) is the thing to use, try not to get it on anything other than the mould spots though. A small paintbrush is good for this. Then rinse, rinse, rinse. Let it dry then try the hosepipe test. If you need to reproof...and if you're careful and don't splash the Milton around you probably won't need to...a spray of Fabsil will do the trick.

I wouldn't use Dettol Mould and Mildew remover tbh, it's got the dreaded "surfactants" in it. Surfactants are ingredients that aid in water penetration, they may improve the cleaning abilities of the spray but you don't want them anywhere near a tent flysheet!


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