How to Remove Mildew Smell From a Tent

Warm, moist conditions encourage mildew growth. When your tent is folded up and stored away for the season with any amount of dampness in the material, mildew will develop and spread, leaving an unpleasant musty, damp smell. The only way to remove the odor is to remove all the mildew.

  1. Set your tent up in a sunny location, if possible.

  2. Combine 1 cup of disinfectant cleaner with 1 gallon of warm water in a bucket. Using a scrub brush, wash all inside and outside surfaces of your tent, even the floor.

  3. Allow the disinfectant cleaning solution to dry on your tent without rinsing it. The disinfectant will help kill mildew and remove odor.

  4. Remove stubborn mildew stains and accompanying musty odor with a solution made with 1 cup table salt, 1 cup lemon juice and one gallon of water. Scrub persistent mildewed areas with the lemon and salt mixture.

  5. Rinse the lemon and salt solution off your tent with a hose. Leave your tent set up until the material is completely dry.