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Old 11-10-2013, 10:31 PM   #1
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Cleaning the canvas

I was wondering what is used to clean the inside of the canvas. I'm seeing some specks of what looks like mildew spots starting to form and want to stop it before it gets worse. I've been cleaning the outside with an awning cleaner I picked up at Wal mart. Could someone point me in a direction on how to clean my inside canvas. Does bleach work or hurt canvas? I'm just trying to keep it looking bright and white. It seems to be more of a problem where the screens are especially where it overlaps a couple inches on the outside. Thanks,
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:35 PM   #2
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I was a nice previous owner and let all my manuals go with our last trailer, so I don't have them to look at anymore. I do remember the paperwork for the canvas listing a recommended cleaner, but I don't remember what. I never had to clean mine on the inside.
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Old 11-11-2013, 08:38 PM   #3
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I was winterizing today and tried some mildew removal Walmart carries in the RV section well it didn't work. What I've got is some speckles and spots started on the inside wich looks like mildew. The most consintration is on the screen zip down cover and its mostly on the outer two inches all way around. It looks like it the distance that the outer canvas hangs and covers the screen zip out. This stuff I bought says alkaline detergent. My question is can you use bleach on it and has any body got any ideas.
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Old 11-17-2013, 12:59 PM   #4
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Manual for my PUP says to use oxiclean to remove stains. I used an oxiclean stain remover and could smell bleach in it - but it did get the stain out. Did not appear to damage the tenting, we will see.
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Old 11-17-2013, 01:46 PM   #5
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Oxiclean, I was thinking if that might work. I'll give it a try especially
Since a manual suggests it. Thanks!!
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Old 11-17-2013, 02:16 PM   #6
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Also the instruction sheet for the tent fabric lists other cleaning recommendations

For the outside vinyl: Oxiclean, Starbrite vinyl cleaner, Meguiar's 57 vinyl & rubber cleaner conditioner, Marine Specialties Group vinyl finish vinyl cleaner, West Marine vinyl cleaner or Fantastik (but must state that it can be used on vinyl)

Fabric inside mild liquid detergent, Oxiclean or Resolve carpet cleaner.

It does say to stay away from bleach. Makes me wonder about the Oxiclean spray stain remover I used as I smelled bleach.
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:33 PM   #7
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Benthook - did you get a chance to try it yet? Was interested in how it worked for you.

I have a correction: Oxiclean stain remover should not contain bleach. I had the Oxiclean stain remover out to use as well as Tilex. Used the Tilex to get some stains/mold off of the velcro strip that holds the trim curtain around the ceiling (had a leak there) - that was source of the bleach smell I remember (dang faulty memory).
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Old 11-28-2013, 12:13 AM   #8
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No I didn't get a chance. I was winterizing and never tried the cleaner. I ran out of time and closed the unit up. I plan to give it a try in a couple months when I get the pop ready for spring.
Thanks for all for posting the info. I think it will be very helpfull.
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I use Oxyclean on our awning and it does a great job. I have done it this way for years, (once in Spring & once in Fall) with no problems. It will remove the mildew spots too. I just looked at the container and I do not see that it contains any bleach at all.
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:14 AM   #10
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https://wercs.churchdwight.com/webvi...ng=language=EN

this has all the ingredients for Oxy clean, depending on version of Oxy Clean it doesn't have chlorine in most. My wife spilled oil based paint on the carpet and mopped up as much as she could. By the time I got home from work it had dried and I sat picking at the carpet trying to save it, finally gave up and tried Oxy Clean on it, all the paint came out.
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