How to Clean an RV Awning

How to Clean an RV Awning
Many people start getting their RVs ready for the open road each spring. Use this time to clean your RV awning. Awnings are made from a variety of materials, but they usually fall into one of two categories--vinyl or acrylic. There is more to clean than just the fabric; you must also check the hardware for damage and any dirt it has collected. Spring cleaning followed by regular maintenance throughout the camping season will keep your awning in tip-top shape for years to come.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Broom
  • Ladder
  • Awning cleanser
  • Sponge mop
  • Hose
  • Wand attachment
  • Bristle brush
Step 1
Roll out the awning all the way and use the broom to sweep off any debris or dust. Use a ladder to reach the top of the awning.
Step 2
Spray awning cleanser on a 1-foot square area starting on the underside of the awning. Begin cleaning at the front of the awning and working inward. Use a cleanser that is formulated for your awning material type, available at RV stores.
Step 3
Scrub the area you sprayed with a sponge or a mop with a sponge head. Scrub hard enough to remove the dirt but avoid pushing on the awning too hard, which could damage the fabric.
Step 4
Spray the top of the awning with the cleanser and scrub, working from the outside edge inward. Do this while standing on the ladder, and avoid putting your weight on the top of the awning, as this may rip it from the hardware.
Step 5
Rinse off the cleanser of with water. Use a wand attachment on the hose to easily reach the top surface of the awning.
Step 6
Check all the metal hardware for dirt or the beginning of rust. Scrub of grime and rust with a stiff-bristled brush dipped in the RV cleaning solution.
Step 7
Leave the awning opened until it is completely dry, otherwise mildew or mold might grow on the damp awning.

Article Written By Jenny Harrington

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.

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