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Old 06-25-2024, 08:17 AM   #1
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Awning Cleaning .... again

I know there have been multiple posts on every RV / Camping forum on the internet asking what is the best or the easiest way to clean the awning. I've read many, many, many of them.

So, I finally got around to washing my awning. We are getting ready to leave Louisiana this Saturday for North Carolina for a 2 month camp host there and figured now would be a good time to touch up the camper. The back awning was getting pretty bad. (my Montana High Country has an awning on both sides, as it has doors on both sides too).

Anyway, I really wanted to take the easy path this time, so I tried the "soap it up and roll it up method." When I unrolled it, I didn't see any difference.

So while it still had a good coat of soapy water all over it, I used my soft RV scrub brush on the painter's wand and scrubbed it standing below. Yes.... by now I'm soaking wet from all the water dripping.

Still, nothing. No real noticeable change.

OK... I went back to the method that has always worked, and worked well for me. I got a 10 foot ladder and my Mr. Clean scrub pads. And the dirt literally melted off. Of course, now, I'm completely wet .... and covered in soap. But hey, here in Louisiana right now, the morning temps (yes, I did this at 6:30 am) was still 80 degrees and the humidity, probably a couple thousand percent! I'm not sure what made me more wet, water dripping from the awning above me, or sweat dripping from my brow!

Bottom line, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on the awning STILL works the best, even though it does take manual work to do it, requires a ladder and working above your head, a good garden hose to spray the residue off, and a set of clothes you don't mind getting wet .... including foot ware! Yes, my arms are now tired. But, the awning is beautiful again.

Here's some photos. The first photo was taken after I tried the "roll up method" and then followed up with the "scrub it down method". As you can see, when I started with the Mr. Clean method, ..... well .... you can see what happened.





When it was finished, this is what it looked like. Um.... you DON'T want to see a photo of what "I" looked looked when done .... suffice it to say, I looked like a drowned rat!







It hard work, but Mr. Clean is still the best! I'm just grateful all it takes is a "swipe" with the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, and no "scrubbing" is required. My 69 year old arms are aching right now from holding that brush and scrubbing with it.
 
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Old 06-25-2024, 09:15 AM   #2
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Looks good to me! All I can say is, hard work makes you appreciate it more!
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Old 06-25-2024, 10:22 AM   #3
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Looks great! Just cleaned my awnings last week. You know they make a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser mop, don't you? Bought at Dollar General for $15.00. They also sell the refills for $7.50. With a little modification, you can screw any length handle into it.
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Yup.
Mr Clean Magic eraser mop and LA Totally Awesome cleaner (100%). Both availableat Doller Store.
Spray on, roll up, wait 10 minutes. Unroll, scrub, rinse.
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30% bleach spray on roll up 20 minutes unroll rinse off repeat if necessary.
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Old 06-30-2024, 01:12 PM   #8
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I know there have been multiple posts on every RV / Camping forum on the internet asking what is the best or the easiest way to clean the awning. I've read many, many, many of them.

So, I finally got around to washing my awning. We are getting ready to leave Louisiana this Saturday for North Carolina for a 2 month camp host there and figured now would be a good time to touch up the camper. The back awning was getting pretty bad. (my Montana High Country has an awning on both sides, as it has doors on both sides too).

Anyway, I really wanted to take the easy path this time, so I tried the "soap it up and roll it up method." When I unrolled it, I didn't see any difference.

So while it still had a good coat of soapy water all over it, I used my soft RV scrub brush on the painter's wand and scrubbed it standing below. Yes.... by now I'm soaking wet from all the water dripping.

Still, nothing. No real noticeable change.

OK... I went back to the method that has always worked, and worked well for me. I got a 10 foot ladder and my Mr. Clean scrub pads. And the dirt literally melted off. Of course, now, I'm completely wet .... and covered in soap. But hey, here in Louisiana right now, the morning temps (yes, I did this at 6:30 am) was still 80 degrees and the humidity, probably a couple thousand percent! I'm not sure what made me more wet, water dripping from the awning above me, or sweat dripping from my brow!

Bottom line, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on the awning STILL works the best, even though it does take manual work to do it, requires a ladder and working above your head, a good garden hose to spray the residue off, and a set of clothes you don't mind getting wet .... including foot ware! Yes, my arms are now tired. But, the awning is beautiful again.

Here's some photos. The first photo was taken after I tried the "roll up method" and then followed up with the "scrub it down method". As you can see, when I started with the Mr. Clean method, ..... well .... you can see what happened.





When it was finished, this is what it looked like. Um.... you DON'T want to see a photo of what "I" looked looked when done .... suffice it to say, I looked like a drowned rat!







It hard work, but Mr. Clean is still the best! I'm just grateful all it takes is a "swipe" with the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, and no "scrubbing" is required. My 69 year old arms are aching right now from holding that brush and scrubbing with it.
Use mr clean roller mop instead of pads. Lot easier. Same as pad but on a mop with gandle.
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Equal parts simple green and bleach and a squrt of dawn, I put that in my bug sprayer and lower they awning as far as it will go. I put a coat everywhere I start spraying at the top and let it run down to the roller no scubbing involved, I wait 5 min then rinse it off they come out gleaming. Other campers often ask me about them they are so spotless. I have done many awnings for others and some were pretty bad but all came back factory fresh, worst case on a few that were really bad I had to touch up the stubborn spots twice.
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Equal parts simple green and bleach and a squrt of dawn, I put that in my bug sprayer and lower they awning as far as it will go. I put a coat everywhere I start spraying at the top and let it run down to the roller no scubbing involved, I wait 5 min then rinse it off they come out gleaming. Other campers often ask me about them they are so spotless. I have done many awnings for others and some were pretty bad but all came back factory fresh, worst case on a few that were really bad I had to touch up the stubborn spots twice.
Just be careful with that bleach on your rv wall…it will eat the finish! I’ve done the bleach on the awning top from the roof with a paint roller, and that worked well for the top…now the underside I’m not sure…I wouldn’t want to be UNDER the bleach cleaning…
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My bug sprayer sends a stream 10 ft and it is a cheap one, it's orange I forget the brand.
I start at one end length wise and walk back as I am spraying up and down, I always have a charged hose ready for any over spray, but I am getting pretty good at it. the squrt of dawn is for it to stick to they awning and makes it run and drip less.
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Old 06-30-2024, 04:39 PM   #12
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This is the one I have, there are smaller ones I fill mine halfway I use it for a lot of things including washing my truck and the RV itself.

https://www.amazon.com/VIVOSUN-Press..._source=1&th=1
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