Mold is not only difficult to remove, but it can also harm your RV’s awning. Mold can be a real problem when it comes to caravanning.
Not only can it cause your awning to look unsightly, but it can also be a health hazard. That’s why you should clean it as soon as possible and take preventative measures to avoid mold in the first place.
Mold may be removed from your awning with antimicrobial treatments, vinegar and baking soda, and occasionally bleach, and keeping your awning when it’s dry can help prevent it from forming.
If you purchased the caravan so that you could be closer to nature, and your camper’s awning is an important component of that experience. While it protects you from the elements, it also collects leaves, mold, and other filthy items that come with living outside.
If you notice any mold on your caravan awning, it’s important to take action right away. Here are a few tips for removing mold from your awning:
1. Start by using a vacuum cleaner to remove any loose mold spores from the surface of the awning.
2. Next, use a water mixture and detergent to clean the awning. Ensure to scrub the entire surface of the awning and get into all the nooks and crannies.
3. Finally, dry the awning thoroughly with a towel or air-conditioner.
How To Kill Mold Using Vinegar
Fill a spray container halfway with 80 percent white distilled vinegar and 20% water.
Allow time for the area to dry.
Protect yourself from mold spores by using a mask, goggles, and gloves.
Spray the vinegar mixture all over the awning (not just the affected area)
Allow it to sit for at least an hour to kill the mold.
Using a microfibre cloth, agitate the surface and rinse the awning.
Apply the vinegar once more.
Allow for complete drying before re-rolling the awning.
Can Baking Soda Be Used To Remove Mold From A Caravan Awning?
Yes, baking soda is excellent for killing mold and neutralizing the musty odors they create.
Mix equal parts water and baking soda into a paste.
Apply this mixture all over the awning with a microfiber cloth.
Let it sit for at least an hour to kill the mold.
Rinse with water.
Dry the awning with towels before re-rolling it onto your van.
Can Bleach Be Used To Remove Mold From A Caravan Awning?
No, bleach is the worst substance for removing mold on an awning.
Bleach can damage the fabrics of your RV roof and awning, and it can also cause the colors to fade.
If you must use bleach, mix it with water in a 1:3 ratio.
Apply it only to the affected areas, and be very careful not to let it come into contact with anything else.
Never combine bleach with other household cleaners, creating dangerous fumes.
After using any of these methods, it’s important to keep the awning dry. If you notice any new signs of mold, repeat the process until the mold is gone.
How To Store Your Awning To Prevent Mold & Mildew?
If you’re not using your caravan awning, it’s important to store it properly to prevent mold and mildew from forming.
Here are a few tips for storing your awning:
1. Clean the awning before you store it. This will remove any dirt or debris that can lead to mold growth.
2. Store the awning by rolling it neatly and storing it in an environment free of moisture.
3. Make sure to protect the fabric from sunlight by covering it with a tarp or other material. Direct sunlight can damage fabrics over time, so avoid this whenever you store your awning.
Mold is difficult to remove and can be a major hassle. By following these tips, you can make the process a little bit easier and keep your caravan awning looking great all season long.
How To Clean A Vinyl RV Awning
The process is a little different if you’re dealing with a vinyl RV awning:
Start by using a soft brush to remove any loose dirt or debris.
Mix a gallon of warm water with one cup of white vinegar.
Apply this mixture to the awning with a sponge or cloth.
Scrub the entire surface of the awning, making sure to get into all the nooks and crannies.
Rinse with clean water.
Dry the awning with a towel or air-conditioner.
If you notice any new signs of mold, repeat the process until it’s gone.
How To Clean An Acrylic RV Awning
An acrylic RV awning is much more delicate than vinyl or canvas, so professionals should only clean it. Mold can easily damage the fabric of this type of awning, so you never want to try cleaning it yourself.
You can’t scrape acrylic like a vinyl awning to get a deep clean; instead, you must rely on the cleaner soaking into the fabric. As a result, rolling up the awning while using a cleaner is the best to utilize, so you don’t have to scrub as much.
If you must scrub, use a stiff-bristle brush to remove the dirt from the woven strands. To keep your acrylic as protected as possible, apply another layer of waterproofing spray once you’ve finished cleaning.
How To Prevent Mold From Returning On Caravan Awning
Once you have removed the mold from your awning, it’s important to take steps to prevent it from returning.
Here are a few tips for preventing mold:
1. Keep the awning clean and free of debris. This will make it more difficult for mold to form.
2. Use a dehumidifier to keep the environment around your caravan free of moisture.
3. Store the awning in a dry, cool place when it’s not in use.
4. Protect the awning from direct sunlight when storing it.
5. Inspect the awning regularly for any signs of mold and take action right away.
6. After it rains, make sure to dry the awning off completely before using it.
Cleaning your caravan or RV awning is an important element of caravan maintenance that is often forgotten. You may avoid a worse problem by cleaning it as soon as you notice stains appear, and no matter what you do to clean it, make sure you never store your awning when it’s wet if at all possible.
Mould is not only unsightly, but it can also be deadly. Mold can be removed with vinegar, baking soda, detergent, and warm water, and in rare cases, bleach, but only if used carefully.
Some chemicals don’t clean it; they make it look that way… and they make it worse. However, if you follow the steps outlined above, you should get rid of the mold and prevent it from returning.
As a final note, if the mold has left your caravan smelling a little stale then check out our guide to making your caravan smell nice.