Bought a 30 year old classic Coleman's canvas ten cheap (it's Canadian cousin actually). It is in great working condition, water proofing and zippers etc. and I thought convert it to a hot tent.

But, it has been sitting in the attic for 25 years so it have a strong moldy smell. I tried rinse, sun-dry and marinated it in baking soda, no luck.

Any other method/product I should try to rid the smell?

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    Removed mold with Hydrogen peroxide but the smell is still there. So this question focus on the odor part.
    – Bogdan
    Commented Oct 25, 2018 at 20:57
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  • Fabreeze, or a similar odor eliminating product? So long as you check it won't get rid of the water-proofing. We killed some mold in our tent with vinegar, then aired that smell out by leaving it pitched a few days,
    – Aravona
    Commented Oct 26, 2018 at 8:02
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    What is a hot tent? Heated tent?
    – gerrit
    Commented Oct 26, 2018 at 10:09
  • Yeah, sew a chimney sleeve and build/buy a tent stove then I can have heat and hot food without worry about CO.
    – Bogdan
    Commented Oct 26, 2018 at 14:52

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Buy pure clove oil from a health food store. It comes in small, brown glass bottles of 10-20 ml or so. Add the whole contents to a half litre spray bottle of cleaning liquid, ie detergent. Shake vigorously and spray around the interior. I have used this in damp storage containers and the smell disappears in minutes. I have to repeat it if the container gets damp again as the mould spores are impregnated in the surface and germinate immediately. I use a an electric fan while I am spraying to help spread the spray.

  • Will give a try next spring~ and update result here.
    – Bogdan
    Commented Nov 12, 2018 at 16:26

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