It’s that time of year again, the Burning Man Festival is over and people want to know….
How do you properly clean your tent after Burning Man?
The Burning Man Festival is famous for the Playa Dust that coats EVERYTHING. From your skin to your clothes and most certainly your tent, it gets everywhere, and can be very difficult to clean off. It is, however, vital that you this playa dust off of your tent, not only for the comfort of future uses, but because left uncleaned, it will damage your tent.
What is Playa Dust?
What You’ll Need:
- Old clothes you don’t mind tossing
- Hepa Filter/Mask (doesn’t let minute particles through) (amazon link)
- Industrial strength leaf blower
- Space to do the cleaning.
- Goggles (amazon link)
- Clorox Wipes (or similar)
What YOU WILL NOT NEED:
Vinegar and Bleach. Checkout our blog on why you should never use vinegar or bleach on your canvas tent.
If you clean the tent probably you can expect it to take about 5 hours.
Find a proper space to clean your tent.
You really do have to wear a mask, it is not a suggestion. As you beat the tent to loosen and remove the playa dust, it will go into the air and it will irritate your lungs. This is not to alarm anyone, but to share our experience so that you will take proper precautions. From a customer, “Our first time cleaning our tent after The Burning Man Festical we did not wear proper masks and we ended up with bloody noses and coughing for days.”.
Ready to clean your tent?
- Guy Lines: It makes most sense to replace all the lines, we have not found an effective way to clean them and they are inexpensive to replace.
- Stakes: Power wash the stakes and then apply a WD-40 or other degreaser spray.
- Pole: Use the Colrox Wipes (or similar) to wipe the pole completey.
- Screens: If the bug netted screen/windows/double wall is really bad, use a vacuum on it, but be sure to beat it really well before using a vacuum