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Well it's that dreaded time again, time to clean my Light Dome Tent.  Any suggestions for an easy, effective way to do this?  Someone told me to put it in a commercial washer with Spic N Span.  Sounds easy but I worry about the washer ruining the tent.  Has anyone tried this?  How do you clean your tent?
Thanks,
Jackie

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I, too am curious! I just bought a brand new top of the line Ez-up- in White. It doesn't need any cleaning yet! but by the end of the outdoor season here in Maine, it will! My included care instructions say to use Mild Soap-NOT detergent-and plenty of water. I am assuming this means a hose, not washing machine! I wonder if a sporting goods store might have some advice on what to clean with?

Updateon cleaning tent:

Set up tent without extending legs.

I use a pressure washer!! Hose it down, spray spots with Simple Green (Full strength) or laundry stain remover, long handled brush, brush cleaner into spots. In a bucket mix simple green for general cleaning with warm water, and using long handled brush apply this to tent top= all over. let set for a few minutes- 5-10. Then using pressure washer, hose it down again, until no soap residue remains. Let dry in sun 24-48 hrs before packing away. I do this every fall, after my last show. I also pack moth balls with it, to prevent little chewing critters from ruining tent and roller bag. Every spring, I unpack and set up to air out- spray seams with waterproofing.

When I had my EZ up I did put it in the wash. It is ok. Now I have a Trimline, and although I am sure the instructions are on it somewhere on proper cleaning of it, I would like to know if anyone has a "fool proof" method of cleaning a Trimline. My thoughts are just doing a mild bleach mixed with water, setting it up and scrubbing it, then hose it to rise and let it air dry. Sound ok?
From Flourish Co.'s instructions for the Trimline:
"Dirt can be removed with any regular non-abrasive liquid household cleaner. Use lighter fluid to remove grease. Use Windex on clear-walls."

I would not use lighter fluid, personally. You can get a very inexpensive ($5) and safer liquid called "Goof-off" that is very effective at grease removal. (I got mine at the grocery store; the big box home improvement folks carry it too.)

Note that bleach is not mentioned.

Dawn, the original blue dawn is highly effective for removing any grease.   Great all purpose cleaner.  I contacted light dome for info on mold spots.  A mild bleach wash and a very good rinse will do it  Mine cleaned up really nice.  

Another trick is to use a a mild bleach mixture and wash the whites in the sun using a brush.  Then rinse real well.    Whiter than white.    

Do not use bleach. It will ruin your canopy from what I hear.

I would follow the instructions from the company. I also hear that a light mixture of simple green works well.
Thanks for all the responses. When I called Creative Energies, the maker of the Light Dome they told me if I know anyone with a swimming pool to throw it in and let it soak! (Canvas only, no poles!) They did say you could use the chlorine for pools on it. Don't know anyone with a pool. I was hoping the washing machine would work! If anyone has tried that idea let me know.

Just make sure the tent is totally dry before putting away. Any moisture will grow mold. 

I have a trimline 4 years old never been cleaned. I just pulled it out today it was actually packed damped in Sept. I have a shark steam cleaner I used that and some simple green where the spots were bad. The tent canopy top I spent maybe 1 1/2 hours on it looks really good. Some small stains did not come out competely. Using the steam cleaner I did not have any big messes. I used a couple of towels to help get dry it from using the simple clean on it. Did the outside and folded it up a bit got the inside cleaned also. Now I got 3 awnings and 5 sidewalls to clean.
Tom
I use Simple Green and a soft expendable car washing brush. Works great!
I set my tent up on a sunny day and with a garden hose, hose it down to remove the loose dirt and then I use a cleaner I get at the Dollar Tree, "Awesome" Yes, the dollar tree and it is a dollar for about 1 quart of this liquid cleaner. A friend of mine cleans carpets and he uses it for spot remover over the stuff they give him as it leaves no residue and cleans pretty much anything up. I dilute it 50% in a spray bottle and using a brush where necessary I clean the tent. Then I rinse it real good and let dry in the sun. Not the most important thing for me, I go to a sporting goods store and purchase a good tent water repellent and spray all the seams. Both outside and in and that prevents water leaking in the rain. Hope this helps.
Thanks Karen, I was just trying to avoid setting it up and taking it down again! I'm lazy, I mean busy!

Karen Pugh said:
I set my tent up on a sunny day and with a garden hose, hose it down to remove the loose dirt and then I use a cleaner I get at the Dollar Tree, "Awesome" Yes, the dollar tree and it is a dollar for about 1 quart of this liquid cleaner. A friend of mine cleans carpets and he uses it for spot remover over the stuff they give him as it leaves no residue and cleans pretty much anything up. I dilute it 50% in a spray bottle and using a brush where necessary I clean the tent. Then I rinse it real good and let dry in the sun. Not the most important thing for me, I go to a sporting goods store and purchase a good tent water repellent and spray all the seams. Both outside and in and that prevents water leaking in the rain. Hope this helps.

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