A car awning is an essential part when you go to enjoy an outdoor living space with your family. Because car awning can protect you and your family from the rain. Not only from rain but also gives you relief from the sun’s heat.
Let, once a day you have gone a long drive. Now you are parking your car and taking the awning. But unfortunately, you have seen a mud as well as some dirt to the awning. At that moment, you must fell boring. So, you must ensure that your car awning is clear before start your journey.
Now, you sure that how important to clean car awning. So, we are going to discuss how to clean a car awning step by step.
Table of Contents
- Why You Should Clean Your RV Awning
- The easiest way to make a homemade awning cleaner
- How to clean a car awning?
- Final Words:
Why You Should Clean Your RV Awning
Everyone loves to sit out under the awning at the time of camping during the day while watching the kids play or any family or official program.
We can sit and talk with my friends and family. At that time, if anyone looks that the awning is not clean then the good feelings of the meeting must go. Because we don’t like the dirt that my awning collects. So, two times should clean an awning in a year.
There are some materials to clean an awning that are:
- Water Hose
- Cleaning Solution
- Spray Bottle
- Optional: Stiff-bristled brush (acrylic awning) or a soft-bristled brush (vinyl awning)
The easiest way to make a homemade awning cleaner
In the market, there are different types of awning cleaner. Some of then are so high price. If someone wants to make an awning cleaner at home, then one can follow the tips that are below. Remember that, I am trying to mention earlier and true methods. I hope that if you do a proper mixing it will be better than the market.
DIY Recipe #1: Mix one quart of white vinegar and one-gallon water. Must ensure proper mixing. (approved for vinyl or fabric).
DIY Recipe #2: Same as Recipe #1 but add one squeeze of Dawn dish soap (approved for vinyl or fabric).
DIY Recipe #3: For the uses on vinyl mix one part hydrogen peroxide to six parts water.
DIY Recipe #4: Mix two parts grated Fels-Naptha bar soap, one-part borax (sodium borate), one-part washing soda (sodium carbonate), and hot water. Now mix mall amount of water and baking soda for form a paste. Baking soda cleans and refreshes without harming the fabric and rinses clean.
How to clean a car awning?
To clean a car awning, we should follow some process that must help you to perfect cleaning an awning. Before starting the cleaning process, you should have confirmed that it is your awning vinyl awning or fabric awning. Because most of the awning is the marine quality vinyl awning. As a result, this type of awning protects the UV ray.
On the other hand, fabric awning is used high-quality textile that is easy to breathe. Fabric awning has a special finishing process that makes it more resistant to water and oil-based stains.
The process is given below:
- Hose both sides of your awning RV awning off
- Let your awning dry
- To Prepare your cleaning solution
- Spray awning cleaner on the underside
- To Apply the cleaning solution
- Gently Scrub the fabric at any mold or mildew stains
- Rinse both sides of the awning with your hose
- Let awning dry completely
Hose both sides of your awning RV awning off, First of all, you should set up your awning appropriately. Now take the water hose. Now hitting the awning with a blast from a water hose that is the first step to remove mildew. if there is no mold then just quick you hose down. This first step makes your awning for the next step.
Let your awning dry: Now make sure that your awning is dry. After dring, begin cleaning with cleaning solutions. To apply the cleaning solution, have a silly difference that you should use commercial grade for fabric awning. For vinyl awning, you should use a surface protectant. If you are in sloppy weather then you can use a dryer or air leaf blower for quick dry.
Prepare your cleaning solution: You should buy a specific cleaning solution for the awning. If you do not want to do that then you can make it by yourself. Let to see the Homemade Cleaning Solutions:
- Dish soap is a popular cleaner for awnings as it is soft and an item most people have on hand.
- Dawn dish soap does particularly well, but any dish soap will work.
- Simple Green
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Car Soap
Make sure the spray bottle is clean and rinsed or use a bucket if using a brush. Mix two parts cleaning agent with eight parts of water. Some people will choose to use a bleach solution when cleaning their RV awning. This is not recommended unless you have a particular stain or hard to kill mold.
Spray awning cleaner on the underside:
Underside cleaning of an awning is the toughest job. So we suggest that the easiest way to clean awning is to spray on it. If you have no spray then you can use a brush. At the time of using the brush, remember that bristle type brush is appropriate for the awning materials.
To Apply the cleaning solution on Top Side:
Long handle brush is the best for topside cleaning. You should take a minimum of 5 to 10 minutes to do it properly. Repeat this same process for one more time to make sure of perfect cleaning. At the time of applying on the top side, be careful that some places can not be missing.
Gently Scrub the fabric at any mold or mildew stains:
Scrub the hard plastic area the awning retracts into, but be gentle with the rest of the fabric. And do the cleaning process.
Rinse both sides of the awning:
If you roll the awning for cleaning process then after cleaning, un-roll the awning and it is time to hose the awning off. And now spray it down.
Let awning dry completely:
After doing all the above process, now it is time to make sure that dry the awning. Remember that air dry is the best process for a humid climate.
You should plan to do this cleaning process before camping. To apply protective coatings once a year makes the awning more shine to look.