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    help!!!! unpacked my outwell hartford xl tent bank holiday and to my horror there was a horrible smell and patches of mildew in the roof. have to say i was gutted, thought i put it away dry. i just dont know how to get rid of the mildew without damaging the tent. i have heard about using peroxides or 1cup salt, 1 cup lemon to 1 gallon of water. will this work on my tent or is that for the canvass types? any help at all will be very appreciated

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    Hi,, you can prevent it getting any worse, but you will never get the stain out. I recommend that you buy proper stuff from a caravan shop. Don't be to hard on yourself, everyones done it! GWIW

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    We have covered mildew treating for outdoors gear quite a lot, will see if I can dig out the links ok! A big welcome here to OM from me too Stuart.

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    I dooooooooooooon't belive it.

    Oh! sorry missread the title

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    Welcome to the forum by the way Stuart.

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    Iwould be very careful with caravan products - they might be designed for fibreglass or hard plastics and could damage fabric - read the label carefully.

    You could try a dilute solution of 'Milton' baby bottle sterilising solution (from Boots or most chemists). This has no soap or detergent content so won't damage the waterproofing (but might bleach it a bit of left on too long). Alternatively a solution of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda - NOT baking powder) will remove the smell.

    To prevent this happening again, get it really thoroughly dry next time (we hang ours over the landing stair-rail for about a week every time) and pack it loosely in eg a cotton pillowcase for storage rather than rolled up tight. Store it somewhere very dry. Sheds and garages are usually just not dry enough.

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    hi guys. cheers for all your great advise. i have gone with washing it with milton fluid. with the size of the tent it is very hard to hang anywhere to dry out but i found a place now. lesson learnt about being completely dry when packing away!!!! gonna store it in sons room now that he has gone to join military. it has provided me with a dry store room!!!!!

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    Good stuff there Stuart! Glad we could help!

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