Do’s and Don’ts: How to Clean a Commercial Tent

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The investment cost in a frame tent is by no means insignificant. Frame tent suppliers and rental agencies make the mockup by utilizing the frame tent for as long as possible.

Just like any other asset, the longevity of a commercial frame tent is dependent on how the owner maintains it. There are prescribed methods for assembling, disassembling, transporting, cleaning and storing of frame tents.

Commercial frame tents

The main components of a commercial frame tent include the alloy frame and the fabric top, which is made from synthetic vinyl fabric. The tent fabric is usually made of sturdy, waterproof and durable material that is meant to last. However, tent fabric can deteriorate very fast if not taken care of.

As a business owner, it is in your best interest to ensure that your commercial frame tents are regularly cleaned and maintained. You can’t afford to have dirt, stains, or mildew visible. This procedure is a key component in the visibility of your business. The better maintained your tent cover is, the better your reputation is in the tent rental business.

So now let’s look at the best ways to clean commercial frame tents.

Do Not Clean Tents on an Abrasive Surface

The surface where you choose for cleaning your tent cover is a very important consideration for frame tent owners. You should definitely avoid cleaning the tent cover material on rough surfaces like asphalt and concrete. As you clean and scrap the tent cover on rough surfaces, there is friction as the tent rubs against the asphalt surface.

Although it may not be distinguishable from the bare eye, there are micro-tears on tent fabric.

If you’re cleaning the tent cover material of your frame tent on your driveway, we suggest that you use a drop cloth or material between the tent cover material and the concrete.

The drop cloth will bear the brunt of the friction between the asphalt and preserve your tent fabric.

Do inspect your tents for damage

As the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure. Commercial frame tents are exposed to difficult weather conditions and damage due to handling. It is important to schedule a visual inspection for tent covers so that damage can be detected and rectified as soon as possible.

Do inspect that your tent is completely dry before storage

Proper drying is one of the most important steps many people forget before packing up after cleaning. Before storing your frame tent, make sure that it is completely dry with no water on it. Storing your tent in a dark place while it is still moist provides a conducive environment for mold and mildew to thrive. This mold will discolor your tent cover and reduce its aesthetic appeal, which will hurt your tent rental company. Ensure the entire tent is dry after your event before placing in storage.

Do expedite repairs for any damages

Any reported damages to the tent cover should be fixed as soon as they are reported. Damages to the frame tent cover material, such as stains, get worse during cycles of assembly and disassembly. A pinhole tear will expand and cause further damage if it is not fixed as soon as possible.

Dismantle your tent as soon as the event is over

Frame tents will provide you with a longer life of service if you protect them from the harsh elements of the weather. So as soon as the event is done, carefully disassemble it and transport it according to the tent rental company’s instructions.

Do not use harsh washing ingredients

Like we mentioned earlier, the vinyl fabric can be compromised when there is a chemical reaction between the vinyl and harsh cleaning agents. The strength of the tent cover can be compromised if you use detergents that are not recommended to clean it. Cleaning materials containing chlorine such as bleach will react adversely with vinyl and degrade it.

Do not use a machine washer (all the time)

Industrial laundry mats are great, but not always the best method for cleaning your commercial tent. Given how big your commercial rental tents can be, using a commercial washer is a quick and useful way to keep your tent fabric sparkling. While machine washing saves time to clean your fabric, and can be a blessing during a busy event season, we strongly recommend hand washing tents with cleanser and water whenever possible. Machine washing doesn’t offer the same level of gentle cleaning as hand washing the fabric does.

In addition to limiting machine washer use, it’s vital to not use too much soap when machine washing. And always remember to pre-treat stains using a vinyl safe spotting solution.

Train your staff

Comprehensive staff training will go a long way in getting a longer life of service from your frame tent cover. Ensure that they are competent in installing, cleaning, storing, transporting and disassembly of the frame tent. For example, walking on the exterior of the tent can leave dirt and footprints all over the exterior. Share these tips with anyone associated with set up or tear down. Using the right products and step by step process can keep your tents ready for your next event.

In summary, please consult your tent supplier on the guidelines of how to best take care of your commercial frame tent cover material. Adhere to these guidelines and train your staff properly.