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How to Clean an RV Awning

Cleaning an RV awning can be a simple process. You just need to make sure you have the right equipment and attitude for the job. Join Airdrie Canvas in the five-step process of cleaning your RV awning.

RV Awning Cleaning: 5 Steps

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1. Gather Your Supplies

It is important to come prepared for the task of cleaning your RV awning. Consider gathering the following equipment and supplies:

  • 5-gallon bucket
  • 2 gallons warm-hot water
  • ½ teaspoon Dish soap/ body wash/ liquid laundry detergent 
  • Soft-bristled scrub brush/ sponge/ cloth  
  • Rubber gloves
  • Spray hose
  • Rinsing water
  • White vinegar (optional)

Included in your list of supplies should be removing your RV awning from its frame. If you cannot remove your awning, use a ladder and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe setup and use. As well, try to avoid using bleach and other harsh chemicals, as these may damage your canvas. 


2. Mix Your Cleaning Solution

Once you have gathered your supplies near your RV awning or workstation, the next step is to mix your cleaning solution. Simply combine the detergent and water, and agitate for a short time with your chosen cleaning utensil. Put on your gloves and get ready for step three.


3. Scrub Your RV Awning

In the third step, you finally get to cleaning your RV. We like to use a bristle brush to really work the cleaning solution into the canvas and get a deep clean. Be sure to pay extra attention to any stains and note any holes for later. If you have stubborn mildew, consider using white vinegar to remove it. 


4. Rinse Your Awning

Next, it is time to rinse your awning. Just run clean water over the surface and ensure it is free of suds and dirt. If you have removed the awning, return it to its position on your RV. Let it dry spread out before rolling it back up for storage. 


5. Enjoy Your Clean Awning

All that’s left to do is enjoy your nice clean awning! Congratulations on cleaning your canvas. If you noticed any holes or tears in your canvas, let us know! Airdrie Canvas can help with all your canvas repairs and patches. 


Airdrie Canvas is your go-to shop for all custom tarps and covers in Canada. We ship our products across Canada, serving Airdrie, Red Deer, Calgary, Edmonton, and everywhere in between. Whether you need a boat cover, RV cover, canvas tarp, or a custom cover, we have what you need. We pride ourselves on our exceptional quality and customer service. We manufacture all of our custom tarps and covers in-house, effectively cutting out the middle-man and allowing for ultimate customization. Whatever you need, we can make it! Contact us by phone at (403) 945-0732 or email at [email protected]

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