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Homemade Solution for Cleaning Mold Off of RV Awnings

by Kallie Johnson
An RV awning protects the door and window areas from sunlight and rain.

An RV awning protects the door and window areas from sunlight and rain.

An RV awning is a canopy used over doors or windows to protect against weather elements, such as rain and sun. RV awnings are typically made from canvas. The awnings are attached to the RV and can be extended once the RV has parked. Clean awnings as needed to remove dirt, dust and spots. It is important to regularly open and clean awnings to prevent mold and mildew. If mold and mildew are present, remove them by scrubbing and using household products.

Vinegar

Open the awnings. Use a medium- or hard-bristled brush to sweep away all dust, dirt and debris. Alternatively, use a shop vacuum to clear away all dust, dirt and debris.

Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar. Spray the vinegar directly onto the mold areas so those areas are saturated with vinegar. Allow to sit for 30 minutes.

Fill a bucket with water as hot as you can stand to touch. Use a medium- or hard-bristled brush to scrub the mold from the vinegar-soaked area. Continue to scrub until all mold is removed.

Allow to fully air dry before closing the awning.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Open the awnings. Use a medium- or hard-bristled brush to sweep away all dust, dirt and debris. Alternatively, use a shop vacuum to clear away all dust, dirt and debris.

Combine one part hydrogen peroxide to three parts warm water. Spray the awning in an inconspicuous area to test for color fastness. Allow the spray to dry for 15 minutes. If the color has not changed or faded, spray the moldy areas on the awning so they are saturated with hydrogen peroxide. If the color has changed, do not use this method. Allow the hydrogen peroxide to work into the mold for 15 minutes.

Fill a bucket with water as hot as you can stand to touch. Use a medium- or hard-bristled brush to scrub the mold from the hydrogen peroxide-soaked area. Continue to scrub until all mold is removed.

Allow to fully air dry before closing the awning.

Items you will need

  • Medium- or hard-bristled brush
  • Spray bottle
  • Vinegar
  • Bucket
  • Hydrogen peroxide

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About the Author

Kallie Johnson began her writing career in 2009, contributing to various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She enjoys writing home and garden topics and considers herself an expert on do-it-yourself home improvement topics.

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