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rockhillmanor

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Posted: 06/23/17 03:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

KISS THEORY
Just go and pick up a bottle of Thetford Awning Cleaner! [emoticon]

They've done all the work for you on what will clean it and that the chems inside their product is safe for all awnings.

Don't over think cleaning the awning! [emoticon]


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Posted: 06/24/17 07:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RVcrazy wrote:

Do you dampen or soak the magic eraser first? Do you wash the awning before using the magic eraser? Thanks!


Read the directions on the Magic Eraser container.
Have a bucket of fresh water and dunk and squeeze the eraser several times to get it activated. Then after doing sections of the awning, continue to rinse, dunk and squeeze the eraser when it builds up dirt. Whether you wash the awning first depends upon how dirty the awning is. If you have a lot of surface dirt (not just some mold/mildew) then washing it first is probably a good idea or else your eraser will get pretty dirty fairly quickly.

We do our awning a couple of times during the camping season and almost never wash the awning first...just use the eraser and rinse it often.

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Posted: 07/16/17 02:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use Tilex mold and mildew cleaner. Spray it on the underside of the awning and then wipe around with a soft wet mop. I then roll the awning up and let it sit for ten minutes, roll it out and rinse with clean water. This will remove around 90 percent of the dirt and mold. Repeat as necessary and allow to dry.

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I always clean mine once or twice a year. But just this weekend I scrubbed it with a hand brush to get rid of the dirt stain from being rolled up. I did the entire awning. 10 years old and it looks new again.


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I have some yellow sap and bug stains from oak trees and still haven't found anything that will touch it. I have use just about all that has been mentioned in this string except the magic eraser. But, it sounds like that works only on mold, mildew and dirt.

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I've tried the spray and roll up method with both Tilex and Simple Green, but was not impressed with the overall results so now I use this Rubbermaid extendable scrubber on both sides of the awning to do a better job. The handle extends from 24" to 40" making the overall job much quicker. The underside is easy and I can do the top by letting the awning out 1/2 way doing that half with a step stool and then the other half when the awning is fully deployed. The extendable pole and extra large scrub pad does a great job. I even like using this for general washing of the trailer over the normal pole wash brushes with bristles.

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After rinsing I tie a micro fiber towel to a clean scrubber head and spray 303 on both sides of the awning and spread it around with the scrubber/micro towel for a little more protection before rolling it back up.

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I spray the awning down, spray it with Tilex and roll it up for 30 minutes, unroll and spray it off. Looks like new when its finished.



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Griz14 wrote:

How often and what do you use to clean your awnings?

Thanks,

Griz14


To answer the first part of your question... never. Nope! I've never cleaned the awning, except for brushing off debris at a campground and maybe rinsing it off with plain old water when I wash the camper.

Our awning is tan / brown and blue on the top, so it doesn't look bad from a distance. And underneath? I rarely if ever actually look up at the awning when sitting under it.


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I use high quality cleaners to clean it, for example 303 Multi-Surface Cleaner. Then re-spray the protection so my awning is thoroughly protected, the awning stays cleaner for a long time and even dries much faster.

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