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Old 08-08-2019, 08:05 PM   #1
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Cleaning under side of awnings

Hello all, I need a good cleaning product to clean the underside of my awnings on the Challenger 37kt awnings. Any advice?

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Old 08-08-2019, 08:14 PM   #2
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I've had good success with Simple Green on my awning, and a lot of other cleaning chores on my RV. I tried a lot of other products on the awning, but Simple Green is the best so far.
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Old 08-08-2019, 08:41 PM   #3
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Areo Wash, clean the whole coach with it no water,also use there mop.
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Old 08-08-2019, 10:13 PM   #4
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I just did mine last week, I bought awning wash, got it at Walmart, worked great
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Old 08-08-2019, 10:17 PM   #5
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I used Kaboom Mold & Mildew Cleaner with bleach. The underside of my awning is white. The Kaboom removed all the mold & mildew that accrued when the RV was stored over the winter. Awning looks like new.
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Old 08-09-2019, 12:47 PM   #6
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Use Simple green with a little bleach. Apply to awning and roll up for 15-20 minutes. Unroll and rinse. Brush any remaining stains. Works well. Rinse any solution from sidewalls right away.
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Old 08-09-2019, 01:18 PM   #7
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Anything with bleach in it is really hard on the stitching.
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Old 08-09-2019, 04:19 PM   #8
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Anything with bleach in it is really hard on the stitching.
I agree! I used to use bleach products thinking that would kill the mold from growing but it's really harsh. I had used Simple Green for years on all kinds of RV cleanup chores but couldn't believe how well it does on the white inner fabric of the awning. Try it - undiluted from the bottle.
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Old 08-09-2019, 05:33 PM   #9
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Carefree says to use warm water, soap and a brush.
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Old 08-09-2019, 05:55 PM   #10
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Carefree says to use warm water, soap and a brush.
Doubtful that "Carefree of Colorado" has had to clean the mold off the white underside of one of their awnings after a year in Florida humidity!
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Old 08-09-2019, 07:44 PM   #11
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On the Dometic awning on my prior coach they recommended 1/4 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water. Spray the underside of the awning with the mixture (I used a pump up garden sprayer). Retract the awning and let it sit for approx 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, extend the awning and rinse with a garden hose.
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Old 08-09-2019, 10:37 PM   #12
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This might sound like I'm asking a dumb question...
What does it have on it: that it needs cleaning?
(That might make a difference in the cleaning product that you should use...)
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Old 08-09-2019, 11:22 PM   #13
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When I roll mine up here in the northeast we have moths, mosquitos and of course crap that falls form trees. Roll it up and itís nasty next time you unroll it. No worries. Magic eraser and a stepladder and itís like new. Prepare to get wet as you rinse it tho. But really it looks like new.
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Old 08-09-2019, 11:24 PM   #14
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I put on swim trunks, get up on a ladder with a garden hose and a Magic Eraser. No soaps, bleach of anything other than water. The dirt, stains and mildew come right off with pretty much a single pass of the eraser. Takes about 30 minutes to clean the underside of a 16' awning.

Must be a Navy thing.
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Old 08-10-2019, 12:43 AM   #15
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Doubtful that "Carefree of Colorado" has had to clean the mold off the white underside of one of their awnings after a year in Florida humidity!
That may be true, but I'm a big fan of following directions. Specially on things that cost a lot of money.
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Old 08-10-2019, 02:18 AM   #16
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That may be true, but I'm a big fan of following directions. Specially on things that cost a lot of money.
You and I both.
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Old 08-10-2019, 02:49 AM   #17
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Instructions for cleaning RV awnings:
Prepare a mixture of 1/4 cup of dish soap and 1/4 cup of bleach to 5 gallons of water.
Procedures are different for Vinyl and woven fabric awnings.
https://www.alekoawning.com/articles.asp?ID=255
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Old 08-10-2019, 11:45 AM   #18
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Dawn dish washing detergent and the brush I use to clean the RV... Works great and is easy on the materials
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I put on swim trunks, get up on a ladder with a garden hose and a Magic Eraser. No soaps, bleach of anything other than water. The dirt, stains and mildew come right off with pretty much a single pass of the eraser. Takes about 30 minutes to clean the underside of a 16' awning.



Must be a Navy thing.


Swim trunks.... huh, who knew? And I thought boondockers and skivies were all the rave. Maybe thatís why my neighbors pull their shades when I clean the awning.
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Old 08-11-2019, 11:11 AM   #20
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Clorox Cleanup , scrub brush on a stick and a step ladder. Wear an old t shirt when doing this... don't ask.
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