Nikwax Solar Proof & Tent Wash. How to Clean your tent

How to Clean and Reproof Your Tent: Expert Tips for Long-Lasting Gear

Planning your next camping adventure? Ensuring your tent is clean and waterproof is crucial for a comfortable and dry experience. This guide will walk you through the steps to clean and reproof your tent using Nikwax and Grangers products, ensuring your gear stays in top condition.


Keeping your tent in pristine condition isn't just about aesthetics; it's about functionality and longevity. Whether you're prepping for a festival, a camping trip, or a multi-day hike, having a clean and waterproof tent can make all the difference. In this guide, we'll explore how to clean and reproof your tent using Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarWash, SolarProof, and Grangers Tent & Gear Cleaner. Let's dive in!

MSR Tents Before being cleaned | How to clean your tent

Why Clean and Reproof Your Tent?

Over time, dirt, grime, and UV rays can degrade your tent's fabric, reducing its waterproof capabilities and overall lifespan. Regular cleaning and reproofing:

  • Enhances waterproofing.
  • Extends the tent's lifespan.
  • Improves UV resistance.
  • Maintains breathability.

Essential Products

Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarWash

Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarWash is a cleaning product that not only removes dirt but also adds UV protection, ensuring your tent withstands harsh sunlight.

Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof

Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof offers superior waterproofing and UV protection, doubling the lifespan of your tent's fabrics.

Grangers Tent & Gear Cleaner

Grangers Tent & Gear Cleaner is another excellent option for cleaning your tent. It's effective at removing dirt and grime, preparing your tent for waterproofing treatments.

How to Clean Your Tent

Step-by-Step Guide with Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarWash

  1. Pitch Your Tent: Set up your tent in an area that drains well and is free of excessive dirt or dust.
  2. Apply the Cleaner: Spray Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarWash evenly over the outside of the fabric.
  3. Scrub Gently: Use a damp sponge or cloth to rub the cleaner into the fabric, paying attention to particularly dirty areas.
  4. Rinse Thoroughly: Rinse the tent with clean water to remove all cleaner and dirt.
  5. Dry Completely: Allow the tent to dry naturally before packing it away. Ensure it's completely dry to prevent mold and mildew.

    Nikwax Tent cleaner being Sprayed. How to clean your tent.

Step-by-Step Guide with Grangers Tent & Gear Cleaner

  1. Pitch Your Tent: Set up your tent in a suitable location.
  2. Apply the Cleaner: Spray Grangers Tent & Gear Cleaner generously over the tent.
  3. Scrub as Needed: Use a soft brush or sponge to work the cleaner into the fabric.
  4. Rinse Well: Rinse the tent thoroughly with clean water.
  5. Dry Completely: Let the tent air dry completely before storing.

How to Reproof Your Tent

Using Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof

  1. Clean First: Ensure your tent is clean and still wet from rinsing.
  2. Apply the Waterproofing: Spray Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof evenly over the tent, focusing on seams and high-wear areas.
  3. Remove Excess: Wipe away any excess product with a clean cloth.
  4. Dry Naturally: Allow the tent to dry naturally.

    tent beading water after a reproofing

Additional Tips

  • Regular Maintenance: Clean and reproof your tent at least once a season or after extended use.
  • Spot Cleaning: Address stains and dirt spots promptly to prevent buildup.
  • Storage: Always store your tent in a cool, dry place. Avoid packing it away wet.


How often should I clean and reproof my tent?

It's best to clean and reproof your tent at least once a season, or after any trip where it gets particularly dirty or wet.

Can I machine wash my tent?

Never machine wash or tumble dry your tent. This can damage the fabric and waterproof coatings.

What if my tent has mold or mildew?

Use a specialized cleaner like Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarWash or Grangers Tent & Gear Cleaner to address mold and mildew. Ensure the tent is thoroughly dry before storing it.


Regular maintenance of your tent is key to ensuring it lasts for many adventures to come. By following these steps to clean and reproof your tent using Nikwax and Grangers products, you'll keep your gear in top condition. Happy camping!

For more tips or to purchase any of the mentioned products, check out our store or contact our team. We also stock patches, repair tape, and replacement parts to keep your tent in the best shape possible.