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Mildew pee-u!

Scrub dirt and grime off your tent with a soft bristle brush and a mixture of mild soap and water. Rinse it with clean water. Set up the tent or hang it in the sun to air dry. Never spread it on the ground, where moisture will keep it from drying.

Make sure the tent's completely dry before folding. Then store it on a wooden pallet or shelf in a well-ventilated area. Never store it on the ground or in the open where there's dew.

1. Set up the tent. It's easier to clean that way.

2. Dilute household chlorine bleach by mixing one cup of bleach per one gallon of water.

Remember that bleach can cause skin, eye and nose irritation. Avoid skin/eye contact. Don't inhale the vapors. Bleach can damage or discolor clothing, including BDUs. So, it's a good idea to wear protective clothing, such as gloves, apron, goggles or safety glasses.

3. Brash or spray the diluted bleach on the mildew

4. Clean the area with a soft bristle brush until all mildew is removed.

5. Thoroughly rinse the cleaned area with water.

6. Completely dry the tent before folding and storing.

Never use chlorine bleach on cotton duck tents. It can weaken the fabric, reduce water repellency and flame resistance, and remove the color.

GREETING, MY LEETLE FRIENDS. IT IS I, REINHOLD BEEFENCAKER

I AM HERE AT DA GYM, TUNING UP MY MOST EXCELLENT PHYSIQUE.

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YOU KNOW, YEARS UV BODY BUILDING HAVE TAUGHT ME DIS MOST IMPORTANT LESSON:

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NEVER, ABSOLUTELY NEVER, T'ROW YOUR DIRTY, SWEATY GYM CLOTHES IN A PILE AT DA BOTTOM OF YOUR LOCKER AND DEN SHUT DA DOOR AND LEAVE TOWN FOR DA WEEKEND.

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WILL FIND WHEN YOU RETURN ON MONDAY?

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IT WILL NOT BE DA HEAVENLY FRAGRANCE OF FLOWER BLOSSOMS, TAKE MY WORD.

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WHEN YOU CRAM SWEATY CLOTHES IN A CONFINED, DARK PLACE FOR A FEW DAYS, BACTERIA BEGINS TO GROW.

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SOON YOU GET A WHIFF OF A FOUL ODOR, ALSO KNOWN AS DA BIG STINKY.

AND YOU THOT YOUR BRUDDER-IN-LAW SMELLED BAD.

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A SIMILAR FATE AWAITS YOUR VINYL-COATED POLYESTER TENTS WHEN THEY RETURN FROM THE FIELD.

TENTS OFTEN RETURN DIRTY, WET, SOILED WITH TREE SAP, BIRD DROPPINGS, OIL OR GREASE.

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DEN, WITH NO CLEANINGS, THE'RE FOLDED WET AND STORED IN DARK, CRAMPED QUARTERS.

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DAT'S A BREEDING GROUND FOR MILDEW AND ITS MUSTY ODOR.

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PREVENTING MILDEW

CLEAN UND DRY ARE DA KEYS TO PREVENTING MILDEW.

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IF YOUR VINYL-COATED POLYESTER TENT ALREADY HAS MILDEW, HERE'S HOW TO CLEAN IT OFF ...

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HELLO DERE, TENT. NICE TO SMELL YOU AGAIN.

THANKS, REINHOLD, FOR SAVINGS ME FROM THE STINKY CLUTCHES OF MILDEW ... B-BUT WILL IT RETURN?

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IF IT DOES, THEN ... I'LL BE BACK!

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Clean with brush, soap and water

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Store tents on pallets

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Wear protective clothing when mixing and applying bleach

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Let tend dry completely

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Publication:PS, the Preventive Maintenance Monthly
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2005
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