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Old 01-08-2017, 12:50 PM   #1
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We purchased a 2015 21' escape this week and just got home. Previous owners had never opened the awning, and when we did it had a line of black dirt or mold at the end. I read all the posts on cleaning and do not want the cleaner to run down and remove the wax on trailer, so what do we use? Would vinegar work, or would that also dull the gel coat. Thank you so much. Marilyn
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Old 01-08-2017, 12:54 PM   #2
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Marilyn, if you clean the awning with it extended it won't get much on the trailer. I've used OxiClean on ours and it won't take off any wax or gel coat. Takes longer than bleach, but safer to deal with.
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There is a label with instructions on the awning fabric when fully open ( on mine at least ). There are also instructions in the manual for the awning. They say to use mild soap and water and a soft brush.
I sprayed mine with Scrubbing Bubbles once, but only once ( it contains bleach ). I rinsed right away and thoroughly.
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We purchased a 2015 21' escape this week and just got home. Previous owners had never opened the awning, and when we did it had a line of black dirt or mold at the end. I read all the posts on cleaning and do not want the cleaner to run down and remove the wax on trailer, so what do we use? Would vinegar work, or would that also dull the gel coat. Thank you so much. Marilyn
you might extend the awning and then put a tarp temporarily against the side of the trailer under the awning to shield it if need be..you could also increase the angle of the awning after putting the tarp against the trailer.
edited...just learned something new...not to clean top of awning with anything but soap and water.
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Old 01-08-2017, 01:11 PM   #5
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Do not scrub the top of the awning! Yes, it gets funky looking, but there's a protectant on the top of the awning for UVs, etc. if you run your hand over the top, you can feel the difference. You can use soap and water on the top, but just allow that to work to clean the awning, don't scrub. Rinse thoroughly with water.
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As the instructions say that Glenn mentioned, mild soap and water. The awning actually cleans very easily, we have found.
Yours may be much harder at this point and you may have to try to scrub well.
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Old 01-08-2017, 01:19 PM   #7
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thank you all. I did read manual and was going to use Dove dish soap, until I read a post that said if you want to remove your wax, use Dove soap. Well.....I did not want that to happen, so got confused. I do that easily. With the awning extended it is on the last of the roll, will start with water and see what happens. Is on underside not top of awning. Marilyn
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OxiClean is actually a pretty gentle cleaner when used at recommended mixtures, It is primarily perioxide, so it works well on organics like mold and eventually loses its extra oxygen atom and becomes water. After cleaning we give the awning a coat of 303 UV Protectant.
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Old 01-08-2017, 01:36 PM   #9
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Use a mild liquid soap like Dawn and warm water in a bucket, then rinse a couple times with clean water. I use the same soft brush as I use on the car for top and underside. I don't think you can take the protectant off unless you are using something abrasive, your water or brush is dirty, or you use a strong chemical.
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I'd be careful using Dawn to use a very dilute mixture, as I have seen Dawn recommended as a wax remover.
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