How to Clean Canvas Camper

How to Clean Canvas Camper
Pop-up canvas campers are a cheap way of taking the "rough" out of roughing it. They are less expensive than RVs or full, camping trailers, but almost as nice. However, one problem with them is that the canvas can be stained, mildewed or get moldy, and cleaning canvas is a more involved process than cleaning plastic or metal.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Stain remover Scrub brush Sponge Bucket Detergent Hydrogen peroxide or bleach
  • Stain remover
  • Scrub brush
  • Sponge
  • Bucket
  • Detergent
  • Hydrogen peroxide or bleach
Step 1
Pick a sunny day to do your work, and set up the camper. Open the flaps on all the windows, unless it is a window flap that you need to clean.
Step 2
Prepare stained areas by spraying them with a regular laundry stain remover. Then mix up some mild laundry detergent with warm water in a bucket. Follow the detergent's instructions regarding how much detergent to use.
Step 3
Scrub the stains out with a soft scrub brush and soapy water. Then get a fresh bucket of clean water, and rinse the stain spots with a sponge.
Step 4
Prepare a bucket of disinfecting mix. Use 3 oz. of hydrogen peroxide or 0.5 oz. of bleach for each gallon of water in the bucket.
Step 5
Sponge the mildewed or moldy parts of the canvas with the disinfecting solution. When all the spots have been sponges with disinfectant, rinse out the bucket and fill it up with clean water. Sponge the areas with clean water to rinse.
Step 6
Let the camper stand in the sun and open air with the window flaps open to dry.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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