Canvas cleaner

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  1. Horby

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    Best canvas cleaner that isn't harsh on the material?
     
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    I just used dawn with a splash of bleach.
     
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    Don't for get to reseal it!
     
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    I would never use bleach on my canvas--JMHO. You should look in your owners manual or try to find the manual here on this site. Another really good resource for all things popup cleaning is popupprincess.com---she has tested the cleaners on the market.
     
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    Lol, if you look up manufacturing instructions on cleaning a little bleach is recommended for sumbrella and canvas for some stuff. Just an FYI. Its also cheaper then traditional cleaners and works just as well.
     
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    LoL- my manual says no harsh cleaners
     
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    Woolite.
     
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    This is straight from my manual about cleaning the tent material. It says oxy clean. Is canvas and vinyl the same when they are referring to the tent 20180630_103917.jpg 20180630_103917.jpg
     
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    Canvas, vinyl, and sunbrella are all different products.
     
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    Do you agree that I should use oxy clean based on my manual? I'm just wanting a second opinion. Thank you
     
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    Oxy clean is probubly good to use, what is your covering made of? Mine is sumbrella with a vinyl top. Just teast it on a smaller area first. Mine was dirty so I didn't bother. I needed to get the mildew off, that's why I chose the bleach.
     
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    Vinyl
     
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    I have ahead the same question regarding the best cleaner for my canvas. Just purchased a Rockwood Freedom ‘12. When we viewed the camper it was 90+ degrees and the previous owners had rolled down all the window coverings, being so hot so we didn’t think to zip them up. Most of the window covering are vinyl-backed or the clear vinyl window coverings. The sides of the bunks are canvas however. After getting the camper home, we discovered mildew spots and significant discoloration on the canvas bunk ends. My owners manual also says to use Oxyclean or Resolve. Tried both but it has done next to nothing for the staining. Would Woolite work better? I also saw the bleach solution idea on popupprincess.com but am hesistant as my manual specifically mentions not using bleach. There are also small spots on the inside mesh fabric ceiling of the bunk ends which I haven’t been able to remove either, even using an old toothbrush.
     
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    Here is a pic of the discoloration.
     

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    We just bought a 2014 rockwood freedom that has some staining and needs some cleaning on the canvas. Did you find something that worked for you?
     
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    No but I only tried woolite. I'm still trying to get the dealer to replace the canvas as per my post demo checklist. They keep beating around the bush
     
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    I ended up using oxyclean 2-3 times. I let it sit for a little while before I rinsed it and let dry, then repeated. There is still some discoloration, but it is much less than in my photo.
     
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    I've been watching this intently as our "Trip from Hades" Labor Day Wknd had me with my roof stuck UP while it poured rain in Stuart, FL. I haven't been able to take the time to open it up until today because of the winch issues so now I have one main spot on the vinyl and one minor spot that have mildew and I was interested in what everyone is using to clean it. I also noticed, before this trip a light brown stain on the inside near the window like you might find from ants or some other insect that I can't seem to clean with just soap and water. I've looked at other sites and they all are either using a weak bleach combination or wondering themselves. I'd like to hear from others on this one.
     
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    There are a multitude of Mold and Mildew Stain Remover products on the marker. I'm not going to endorse any of them but simply suggest that you find one and dilute a portion and try it on a very small area to test. I will say that when you are finished and the canvas has dried you will need to waterproof. I used 303 Marine/Recreational Fabric Guard and have been very happy. It has excellent water repelling properties and does not make the canvas hard.
     

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