Asked on Oct 1, 2019

How do I clean canvas awnings?

Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CAKathy Gunter LawChloe Crabtree


My canvas awnings are very dirty. What can I use to clean them?

5 answers
  • Mogie
    on Oct 1, 2019

    Step 1

    Pour cool or lukewarm water into a bucket. Add 3 ounces of a mild laundry soap such as the kind used for baby clothes or delicate washables per gallon of water. Do not use detergent. Mix the solution until it is foamy.

    Step 2

    Set up an appropriate-size ladder to reach the awning. Correctly position the ladder's feet and lock into place any safety mechanisms.

    Step 3

    Remove cobwebs, leaves and other debris from the awning's underside. Use a household broom from which you have first removed dust bunnies and dirt.

    Step 4

    Wet down a manageable portion of the awning with a garden hose. Place your cleaning solution bucket where you can easily and safely reach it.

    Step 5

    Scrub the awning with a stiff brush saturated with the soap solution. Use a circular motion to work the solution into the awning fabric. Limit the size of your work area so the soap does not dry on the awning.

    Step 6

    Rinse off the soap solution and dirt with the garden hose. Allow the awning to air-dry.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    Kathy Gunter Law
    on Oct 2, 2019

    White cleaning vinegar

  • I just hose mine off periodically. They don't last long where I live so I don't baby them. I did on my first few installations, and they didn't last an longer by being gentle so I took the easy way out.

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