A musty odour from the tent fabric can indicate mildew formation. Mildew requires a dark, warm, moist environment to grow and reproduce. Mildew penetrates the urethane coating of the tent fabric, and grows between the tent fabric and the coating, eventually destroying the fabric.
Should mildew begin to form take these steps:
- Set up the tent and clean it with a sponge and warm soapy water, then rinse with a clean sponge.
- Next, sponge-wipe the tent with a solution of 1/2 cup Lysol and 1 gallon of hot water. Leave the solution on the fabric and allow it to dry.
- Mix 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of concentrated lemon juice with 1 gallon of hot water. Rub the solution into the visible mildew and once again, allow it to dry.