Would you be happy to sleep or allow your child to sleep and play in a play tent contaminated by several users before you, knowing that the canopy can only be spot cleaned?
I wouldn't !
And yet many sleepover businesses buy tents which can only be spot cleaned.
The law; both EU and UK, requires that toys must meet a standard of cleanliness and hygiene to avoid the risk of infection, sickness and contamination.
This applies to tent covers and their fabric adornments. Before tents are placed on the market, the fabrics should be sent to an independent accredited test facility where they undergo soak washing prior to both chemical toxicity and flammability tests. This means either a fully immersed hand wash or a machine wash.
The British Toy and Hobby Association who are considered the lead authority on toy safety in the UK have issued clear guidance as to the interpretation of the type of 'wash' a toy must undergo to meet the strict law on hygiene and cleanliness. It is the manufacturers responsibility to ensure the fabric is capable of a full soak wash, e.g a fully immersed hand wash OR machine wash. 'Spot Cleaning' and 'Sponge Cleaning' are considered as inadequate.
Our tents are all CE approved for safety and the fabrics tested for flammability. We would question if a tent can only be spot cleaned, then has it been through these rigorus tests?
Now, having read this, would you still be happy to sleep or allow your child to sleep and play in a play tent contaminated by several users before you?