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Old 09-08-2017, 05:04 PM   #1
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Exclamation Best way to clean awning to get rid of mildew smell?

The roll-up awning on my 2011 Zinger Camper is in very good shape, but at one point the previous owner must have rolled it up wet…..and stored it for a long time. Every time the family and I take the camper somewhere and put the awning out….it reeks of strong mold and mildew smell.

I’ve tried a few different awning cleaners on it, scrubbed the heck out of it…..and even though it looks very clean with only a few light stains from the mildew remaining (I just can’t get those stains off)…..it still has that mildew smell to it.

Are there any tricks for getting rid of that smell? Any special cleaners that will give it a nice deep clean? What about power washing it…..too rough on the awning?

Any advice would be great.

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Old 09-08-2017, 05:15 PM   #2
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Take a small corner of it (a piece that might not ever be seen...), and try wiping it down with some diluted Clorox... (VERY diluted!). See if it cleans the stuff off!
(Just be careful about bleaching out the colors! )

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Old 09-08-2017, 07:01 PM   #3
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Open it and let it open in the direct sun.
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Old 09-08-2017, 07:52 PM   #4
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mildew smell

I would try white vinegar diluted with water. Try 50% each in a spray bottle.

Let us know what you do and what works.
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Old 09-08-2017, 08:13 PM   #5
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I use Simple Green, spray top/bottom as best you can (I use a 1 gallon pump sprayer) roll up awning for 30+/- minutes then scrub with medium bristle brush, rinse thoroughly & leave out til it is completely dry. I use a pressure washer on mine without any ill effects, just fan out the spray.
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