How to Clean Your Canvas Awnings

How to Clean Your Canvas Awnings

Awnings are great and stylish additions to your motorhome, RV, 4WD or caravan. You can enjoy a sunny summer day without getting sunburned, and be comfortable under the awning shelter when it rains or snows.

Life on the road and harsh weather can take a toll on your awnings. Debris and dust can accumulate over time and can damage the fabric. However, with the proper care and using effective cleaning techniques, your awning can remain in good condition for years to come.

Tips On How to Keep Your Canvas Awning Clean

  1. Brush and Clean Regularly

Brush the fabric, including the side of the awning regularly with a soft cleaning brush or broom.

Get rid of grime, which is a mixture of dirt, debris, bird droppings and other stuff that usually settles on top of awnings, as soon as possible. Grime begins to set in, and when this happens, it can be difficult to remove it and can damage the material.

For mildew, treat the canvas with diluted chlorine bleach (typically 1 part White King to 4 parts water to achieve 1% available chlorine). Allow it to dry in full sun, then hose off to remove any residue. Never use strong bleaches such as pool chlorine.

  1. Use Basic Cleaning Tools

In the case of caravan awnings, a soft cloth and cold water can do the trick. Since awnings are primarily made of canvas, soft cloth and water are two materials that won’t affect its waterproof feature. Hose the awning down with cold water, not pressure cleaners and make sure to use a light hand. Aggressive strokes can damage the canvas.

  1. Use Standard Issue Awning Cleaners

There are many standard and safe awning liquid cleaners in the market. You can also contact us [insert contact us link] to check what’s compatible with the type of awnings you have. DO NOT use soaps, detergents solvents or other cleaning fluids.

  1. Dry Canvas Awnings Before Rolling Up

Make sure that the canvas awning is completely dry before rolling it up. Wipe it thoroughly with a clean, dry cloth and put it under the sun. Rolling it up wet can damage the material and can cause all types of stain build-up on the canvas.

Remember: These tips are for general purpose only. You should always follow any specific instructions stated in the manufacturer’s safety guidelines.

If you have issues with leaking Canvas, try using our Dry Proof product for treatment.