How to Clean and Protect Your RV Awning

Your RV awning takes care of you on sunny days by allowing you to enjoy the weather without having to worry about getting too much sun. Take care of it well and prolong your awning's life by washing your awning regularly by following these tips.

Rinse the Dirt Off the Awning

One of the easiest ways to clean an awning is to hose it down every month with clear water. While this won't completely clean the awning, it is very efficient. The dirt will be less likely to become more embedded in the awnings, which would require a deeper cleaning. With vinyl awnings, make sure the awning has a coating that contains chemicals designed to fight mildew.

Make Sure the Awning Is Protected from Mildew

Acrylic fabrics do not have the same mildew problem because air circulation allows for the acrylic fabrics to dry more quickly. Air circulation is made possible by the woven cloth. However, when the acrylic fabric is wet, you should touch it s little as possible for you will cause the moisture to seep more deeply into the fabric.

Scrub the Awning with a Brush

At least once a year, get a long-handled brush and a bucket. Fill it with your awning cleaning chemical. Use natural soap and never use detergent. The water should be warm, but not hot. Then, dip the brush into the bucket and use the brush to scrub the cleaner into the awning. Use a stiff brush for acrylic fabric and use a soft brush for vinyl. After cleaning the vinyl, let it air-dry. Do not use any methods to accelerate the drying process because you can damage the awning.

Spray the Awning

An alternative way to apply the cleaning chemical is to use a garden sprayer. Spray the awning with the sprayer and let it soak for a few minutes. Then, use the brush to scrub the awning clean.

Apply Protective Chemicals

Regularly apply new protective coatings to your awnings. For fabric coatings use a commercial fabric guard. For vinyl, apply a surface protectant.

Always clean the awning before applying a protective coat. When applying either to the awning, make sure that the area is well-ventilated. Use a brush to apply a thin coat and then allow the coat to air-dry. Then, based on the manufacturer's instructions, apply additional coats. Then, your awning will be more resistant to dirt, stains, and mildew. For assistance, talk to an awnings specialist like Patio Enclosures Inc.