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Old 07-14-2014, 06:14 PM   #1
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Awning cleaning

Finally took the time today to clean our very stained awning on our a Rockwood 2604. Used LA's Totally Awesome that I read about on here. We sprayed the awning before we left the campground today, rolled it up and then scrubbed it and sprayed it off when we got home. Looks like a new awning. Oh...and I got the bottle of Awesome at the Dollar Tree for $1! Works better than the $7 bottle of awning cleaner we got at our camping dealership.


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Old 07-14-2014, 08:45 PM   #2
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I agree...most of the cleaners are the same and you don't have to spend much to make the awning look new again. I have a Rockwood 2306 that is 1.5 yrs old. It was due for a clean a few months ago and used a mixture of bleach, soap, and water with my pole brush. I just wiped it on, rolled it up for 30 minutes, unrolled it and sprayed it with the hose! Looks new.


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Well I have a similar problem. When we picked up the 5er, it was parked very close to other trailers. The tech hit the switch and rolled out the awning to about a foot from the maximum and then took it back in, just to demonstrate the use. (I know, I should have known better!) When we got home, I extended the awning all the way out. WOW! Mud-daubers had built nests with red clay in the strap utility channel. The last foot of the awning is badly stained. I have tried every cleaner I can find - nothing removes the stain. I can't seem to find this "Totally Awesome" cleaner. Where can I find it?
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I can't seem to find this "Totally Awesome" cleaner. Where can I find it?
If you don't have a dollar store near you, than Amazon has it... Amazon.com - 2 pack La's Totally Awesome All Purpose Cleaner, Degreaser & Spot Remover 2 bottles total of 40 Oz - Multipurpose Cleaners

I've also used Awesome with my awning and it works great. Here are pictures from early 2013 I believe showing how well the stuff worked with mold and mildew stains.

BEFORE


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Another one that I used this year is Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner because I was out of the Awesome.
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Well I have a similar problem. When we picked up the 5er, it was parked very close to other trailers. The tech hit the switch and rolled out the awning to about a foot from the maximum and then took it back in, just to demonstrate the use. (I know, I should have known better!) When we got home, I extended the awning all the way out. WOW! Mud-daubers had built nests with red clay in the strap utility channel. The last foot of the awning is badly stained. I have tried every cleaner I can find - nothing removes the stain. I can't seem to find this "Totally Awesome" cleaner. Where can I find it?
Just use some bleach mixed with a little Dawn dish soap in water....spray on with a small spray bottle.....roll up for about 30 minutes....rinse off. Still have stains.....repeat with a long handle brush....roll up again. Should take care of it.
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Well I have a similar problem. When we picked up the 5er, it was parked very close to other trailers. The tech hit the switch and rolled out the awning to about a foot from the maximum and then took it back in, just to demonstrate the use. (I know, I should have known better!) When we got home, I extended the awning all the way out. WOW! Mud-daubers had built nests with red clay in the strap utility channel. The last foot of the awning is badly stained. I have tried every cleaner I can find - nothing removes the stain. I can't seem to find this "Totally Awesome" cleaner. Where can I find it?
After you clean,place (rubber/foam Stops in each end of your roll tube utility channel) while stored! There are LOTS of Bugs that like this area for a HOME! Youroo!!
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DON'T USE BLEACH! Bleach and many other cleaners will discolor and pit the aluminum roller bar. I started to use a little bleach, lightly sprayed it on, watched the aluminum roller bar, and immediately flushed it with water as I watched it discolor where the bleach hit. I'm off today to get some of the Awesome. Will post a followup post.
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If you don't have a dollar store near you, than Amazon has it... Amazon.com - 2 pack La's Totally Awesome All Purpose Cleaner, Degreaser & Spot Remover 2 bottles total of 40 Oz - Multipurpose Cleaners

I've also used Awesome with my awning and it works great. Here are pictures from early 2013 I believe showing how well the stuff worked with mold and mildew stains.


Another one that I used this year is Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner because I was out of the Awesome.
Those are great pictures, reminded me that I had a bottle in the basement & will be using it this weekend. Simple green is great stuff too.
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I agree that "LA's Totally awesome is fantastic! I use it on any black streaks when washing down my TT. Only use it on your TT if you hosed down first. If not it will leave a streak. Very powerful stuff.

For the awning though I use "Tilex". Found anywhere, that stuff will make your awning sparkle! Unroll,liberally spray, than roll it back up. Wait a little bit and rinse. You will be impressed. If there's a stubborn stain that doesn't work the first time, I spray a little on that spot, lightly scrub with my pole brush, roll up, let sit a few minutes and than rinse. It will look like new. Smells good too.

Be careful with "LA's Totally Awesome" ,it's a strong chemical and will make your skin tingle after a bit if you get it on you. Its similar to brake parts cleaner except with a fragrance. Follow the dilution recommendations on the bottle. Click image for larger version

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After I clean my awning I use this to help control the mold "Concrobium Mold Control"
it comes as a spray and you leave it on. It seems to help.
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I really try not to put mine away wet. Any sign of rain in the forecast,it gets rolled up. Also roll up the night before we are heading home. This way there is no dew on it in the morning when we start closing down.

Either way, a little"TileX" and your good to go. Not a big job at all. If you keep up with it, you won't even have to scrub. A little spray, roll it up for a bit, hose it off and let it dry.
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So much for LAs Totally Awesome. Found some at the local Family Dollar. Sprayed it on, rolled it up, and waited 30 minutes. Did nothing. Repeated the entire process. Again, nothing. I emailed the manufacturer, who has other products, for advice or recommendations. No answer yet. Tomorrow I will try Tilex.
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We mix bleach and simple green with water in one of those pump garden sprayers - wet awning with water and spray liberally - roll it shut and we leave it until we are done washing the camper - then open it and hose it off - there may be a few minor spots that might need a light scrub with the brush but usually not...easy peasy 😉


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Bleach is really the key component in all of this. If it is in whatever you're using, it should come clean.
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So much for LAs Totally Awesome. Found some at the local Family Dollar. Sprayed it on, rolled it up, and waited 30 minutes. Did nothing. Repeated the entire process. Again, nothing. I emailed the manufacturer, who has other products, for advice or recommendations. No answer yet. Tomorrow I will try Tilex.
Did you then use a soft brush to lossen up the dirt, or whatever. What procedure did you employ along with coating the vinyl with Awesome for 30 minutes.
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Yes...we used a brush to really scrub it down. It isn't 100% clean but oh so much better than it was.


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If you read that post it was meant to quiz chillybilly.
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I really try not to put mine away wet. Any sign of rain in the forecast,it gets rolled up. Also roll up the night before we are heading home. This way there is no dew on it in the morning when we start closing down.

Either way, a little"TileX" and your good to go. Not a big job at all. If you keep up with it, you won't even have to scrub. A little spray, roll it up for a bit, hose it off and let it dry.
Hmmm... I use my awning to stand outside when it's raining and I assume many others do. Seems like you're losing one of the bigger reasons to have one in the first place.
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[QUOTE=pappcam;660573]Hmmm... I use my awning to stand outside when it's raining and I assume many others do. Seems like you're losing one of the bigger reasons to have one in the first place.[/

I do leave it open in if it's not forecast to rain too bad (And pitched to one side for sure) and I'm going to be there for nicer weather. If I see rain in the forecast and no real sign of it drying out. I'll put it away as well as our mat.
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When I first started out camping and I had a pop up. I couldn't figure out why everyone pitched their awnings to one side. I figured the pitch outward was enough. Big mistake! Rained overnight and woke up to an inverted giant zit! Luckily it didn't ruin the awning. My wife and I pushed up on it and got all the water off. Lesson learned.
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