How to Remove Mold From a Canvas Tent

Updated April 17, 2017

Camping is a fun activity, but camping gear can get dirty easily. Canvas tents are made from highly cotton wool material, meaning dirt, stains and mildew can latch on strongly. While cleaning your canvas tent may not restore it to pristine, store-bought condition, it will improve the appearance of the tent and remove harmful mould. Following these simple steps every time you return from a camping expedition will lengthen the lifespan of your tent.

Use a soft bristle brush to remove all excess dirt from your canvas tent so that you will only be dealing with the moulded spots.

Fill your cleaning bucket with 50 per cent water and 50 per cent rubbing alcohol.

Dip the white cotton towel into the solution until saturated.

Wipe the dampened cotton towel over mildew and mould spots on your canvas tent. Repeat wiping until the spot is removed.

Dampen the cotton cloth in the cleaning solution and wipe over the rest of the mould spots.

Rinse the canvas tent with cold water when all the mould spots have been cleaned.

Hang your tent over a car or chair outside in the sun to dry.


Thoroughly rinse your tent with water. Buy a plastic material tent if you are interested in saving time cleaning your tent.


Do not use bleach, as it can damage your tent and create a yellow discolouring of the material. Do not pack up your tent until it has completely dried, as storing it while wet or damp can encourage mould growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft bristle brush
  • Rubber cleaning gloves
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • White cotton towel
  • Water hose
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Nikki Fiedler started writing professionally in 2004. She has been published in "The Vegetarian Journal," "Collegebound," "The Sandspur," "Orlando Style Magazine" and "Rollins Alumni Record." Fiedler graduated from Rollins College in 2008 with a double honors Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations and studio art.