How to Clean Mildew From an RV Awning

How to Clean Mildew From an RV Awning
Your RV awning is exposed to many spores in the air that can cause mildew, especially during the rainy season or if you are in humid areas. Mildew can eventually cause staining as well as foul odors, and it is wise to clean any areas that are beginning to show signs of mildew before it becomes too widespread. When the awning is retracted, mildew can grow fast, due to the dark and moist conditions, so always clean your awning before retracting it and traveling.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Scrub brush Bucket Water Bleach Cotton swab Towel Mildew protectant Hose Hair dryer
  • Scrub brush
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Bleach
  • Cotton swab
  • Towel
  • Mildew protectant
  • Hose
  • Hair dryer
Step 1
Mix one part bleach with three or four parts water in the bucket and mix well with the scrub brush. If your awning is dark or bright colored, use a color-safe bleach.
Step 2
Spot-test the mixture by using a cotton swab to apply a small amount of the bleach and water mixture to an edge of the awning. Wait for the spot to completely dry and make sure there is no discoloration.
Step 3
Add more water to the mixture if there is discoloration. Five to six parts water to bleach will still kill mildew and remove stains.
Step 4
Completely scrub the mildew infected areas of the awning with the scrub brush, and continuously rinse off any dirt or mildew in the bleach water. Keep scrubbing until all mildew is gone, and scrub down all surrounding areas.
Step 5
Rinse off the scrubbed area of the awning with the hose and towel-dry it as much as is possible. Try to soak up as much moisture as you can.
Step 6
Allow the awning to air-dry. Use a hair dryer to completely dry areas that may be soaked through.
Step 7
Spray the awning with mildew protectant once it is completely dry. Let the protectant completely dry before retracting the awning or placing anything on or against it.

Tips & Warnings

 
It is best to clean the mildew from your RV awning on a hot day and in a dry place if possible. If you are in a very humid area, you may want to do this process in an air-conditioned garage.
 
It is best to clean the mildew from your RV awning on a hot day and in a dry place if possible.
 
If you are in a very humid area, you may want to do this process in an air-conditioned garage.

Article Written By Ocean Malandra

Based in San Francisco, Ocean Malandra is a travel writer, author and documentary filmmaker. He runs a major San Francisco travel website, is widely published in both online and print publications and has contributed to several travel guidebooks to South America.

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