How to Remove Stains From RV Awnings

It has been about three years since the last day I cleaned my RV awning. I have thrown it in the corner of my garage and now, it appears little bad odors. I caused an awful problem with my awning when rolling it up wet. Hence, I see mold and stains that fester in my product now. That is the reason why I decided to clean it on a beautiful sunshine day.

I have searched many beneficial websites to conclude my own experience in how to remove stains from RV awning. Today I’m glad to share the formula of cleaning solution and the way to wash my product. We will undergo three important parts in this article and I will explain the meaning of each chapter as below:

Part 1: Step by step of cleaning RV awning

This part will introduce basic steps to clean the RV awning and the formulas of the cleaning solution. Depending on the type of awning material will have different ways to take care of, so you should read this article carefully to find the best way for your product.


Step 1: Open your awning

It would be best if you open your awning and then lower it as much as possible. If the product is too high for you, you ought to prepare a long brush or a step tool to protect yourself from unexpected accidents.

Step 2: Prepare a cleaning solution

Note: Guarantee the cleaning solution you use is suitable for your awning texture by reading instructions of products or solutions carefully. Moreover, it would help if you used the mixtures on a test location before applying them on the entire awning to make sure they won’t discolor your product.

Store-bought solutions:

Nowadays, you can buy cleaning solutions for RV awning efficiently at the stores. These supplies can remove stains, mold, tree sap, mildew and protect our product far away from bad conditions. Do not choose cleaning solutions that contain caustic, oil-based or abrasive.

DIY cleaning solutions:

The first DIY detergent that you mix dish soap with water. The second DIY solution that you mix bleach with water. But you should read the owner’s manual of your awning before trying this method.

Other methods:

If the regular cleaning solutions aren’t working on your product, you can refer to other materials including:

  • Turpentine
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Clorox Clean-up
  • Peanut butter

Step 3: Clean loose stains

Use a brush to remove any debris or leaves on the awning. Rinse both sides of the product to clean it temporarily.

Step 4: Apply the cleaning solution

Apply the cleaning solution on your RV awning and make sure to cover it entirely. Then, roll up the product and keep it for 5 minutes to let the solution to soak.

Step 5: Wipe the awning

Expand your awning and wipe it gently with brush, rag or sponge. Each type of awnings will have different ways to rub and I will tell you differences between them in part 3.

Step 6: Rinse the awning again

After wiping the awning with a cleaning solution, you ought to rinse cool water thoroughly with a pressure washer or the hose. Remember removing the entire detergent in order not to damage your awning texture.

Step 7: Let the awning dry

Let your awning to air-dry completely.

Part 2: How often you ought to take care of your RV awning?

You ought to wash your RV awning once a year at minimum to remove stains on it. An important thing that you couldn’t forget is not rolling up your product when it wet because the mold and mildew appear easily and corrode your fabric.


If you park your RV under the trees and the sap drips onto your awning, it’s a good idea to wash your product every few months.

Part 3: Distinguish the type of your awning

Currently, the manufacturers have offered two popular kinds of RV awning fabrics including vinyl and acrylic. You have to distinguish your product by reading the owner’s manual to select the right methods for taking care of the awning.

Acrylic Awning

Acrylic is a woven fabric with a breathable texture so that it will be exclusive challenges when cleaning. As a result of woven fabric, tree sap and stains can absorb deeply into the weave. So you should clean the awning carefully and regularly to avoid mold build-up. Moreover, the acrylic product often contains a waterproof layer, if you rub too hard that you can scrub off that function.

How to clean: To wash acrylic awning, you need to use dish soap, water, and a stiff brush. Do not scrub too hard. You can try protectant spray and remember choosing water-repellency restoration that will not break the fabric.

Vynil Awning

Vynil awning doesn’t contain a porous surface as an acrylic product, so you can clean it easier. Nonetheless, the vinyl product often collects dust and stains on its surface and form mold. That is the reason why you should take care of this product more carefully than the other.

How to clean: You can still use dish soap and water to clean vinyl awning, but relacing stiff brush to soft brush. Otherwise, protectant spray will be a quick way for busy people. Remember selecting the product that consists of UV and dirt protection, safe to use on vinyl.

Last Words

Those are steps and instructions for you to wash your RV awnings in the best way. Entire steps are effortlessly to follow and I am always satisfied with the result. The most important thing that you should notice before washing the product is distinguishing the type of awning fabric.

These pieces of information are very beneficial to me to help my family can enjoy the whole happy in the journey. Did you find these instructions helpful with you? Let us know in the comments below! If you see this article providing wonderful ideas for you, please share them with your friends.

Kevin Smith

About the Author

Kevin Smith

Ahoy there! The name’s Kevin Smith, the proprietor of this little travel and outdoors blog. The outdoors has always been a passion of mine since I was a kid as my parents were avid campers themselves. They taught me everything I know when it comes to camping, hiking etc. and I would like to do my part by imparting my know-how to like-minded individuals who enjoy the same hobby as me. I started this website in the hopes of helping other people when it comes to answering questions, giving tips and recommendations focusing on the camping niche. Along with some close friends of mine, we are here to help you make the most out of your outdoor experience. Enjoy your stay and enjoy the wild side!

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