every spring I roll out the awning and it has mold. I just mix up some Clorox with water in a pump sprayer and spray away, let it sit for a while and use a brush on a pole and work it in then rinse with water. Repeat if necessary. Been doingit for yrs and has not hurt the awning.
If the material is vinyl then make up a mixture of bleach and water (1 to 3).
Old clothes..using a spray bottle wet down awning and the roll it up. I wet the bottom underside and then just keep spraying the topside as I roll it up.
Let is sit rolled up for 20-30 minutes.....then unroll, rinse & let dry.
Stubborn areas might need a little scrubbing with tilex, magic eraser, etc.
If acrylic material is supposed to be wiped down.......no bleach
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Mold will not grow on awning fabric, as it is made with a built in mildewcide.
HOWEVER mildew and mold will grow on the dirt attached to the awning vinyl.
Per Carefree Awning-
One of the best ways to keep the fabric looking good and to delay the need for deep or vigorous cleanings is to hose fabrics off on a monthly basis with clear water. This practice will help prevent dirt from becoming deeply imbedded in the fabric.
In most environments, a thorough cleaning will be needed every two to three years.
When it’s time for a thorough cleaning, the fabric can be cleaned while still on the awning frame.
For Vinyl Fabric – Use a soft brush and warm water with soap.
For Acrylic Fabric – Use a stiff brush and warm water with soap.
When cleaning the fabric, it is important to observe the following:
Always use a natural soap, never detergent.
Water should be cold to lukewarm, never more than 100?F. Air-dry only. Never apply heat to the fabric. Always allow the fabric to dry thoroughly before rolling up the awning.
Mildew is a fungus growth that looks like dirt. Vinyl coated polyester fabrics are mildew resistant because of a
chemical biocide in the vinyl coating. Under ordinary conditions, mildew will not appear. However, in areas where high temperature and humidity are common, mildew can be a problem and required the material to be washed more frequently.
Thoroughly rinse the fabric with clean water and allow to air dry completely before rolling up the awning.
THAT SAID! I also have used TileX with great results and no issues!
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Tilex or Simple green in a cheap yeard sprayer. Spray top and bottom then roll it up for 10 minutes or so. Open it up, hit it with a soft brush on an extension handle and hose it off. Ditto the tip to wear old cloths, goofed up a new T-shirt this spring.
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We use a spray called: Comet Gel Spray with Bleach. It is a liquid and it removes the stains immediately. Rinse thoroughly then and let dry. Wear old clothes and protect your eyes but mostly it is thick enough to not run off right away. It is not gritty even though it says it is Comet. Great for all mold, mildew, black streaks.
Use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Cleans awnings wonderful. And it has something in that also inhibits mold from coming back. Make the sponge wet, wipe on (do not rub), wipe off softened dirt, follow with a dry cloth. Been doing this on our current trailer from day 1 we bought it. Awning is still good. Black will come back over the winter, but cleans off easy with another Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
(Try it ... you won't be disappointed). And, you can clean your awning this way even when camping, in campgrounds that have a "no cleaning camper" rule. Just sponge on, and wipe off. No hoses, no rinsing.
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