Cleaning a Camper Awning

A nice camper with a clean awning.
A Camper Awning Protects you from the Elements.

How to Clean a Camper Awning

An awning is an excellent addition to any RV, transforming it into a versatile and comfortable mobile living space. Therefore, maintaining and cleaning a camper awning is crucial to extending its life and keeping your camper looking great.

The right awning can provide a host of benefits, including increased outdoor living space, protection from the elements, and enhanced comfort. By providing shade and shelter, an awning makes it possible to enjoy the outdoors regardless of the weather, whether you’re seeking refuge from the sun or staying dry during a sudden rain shower. This added functionality not only increases the versatility and usefulness of your RV but also makes your camping adventures more enjoyable and relaxing. With an awning, you can create a cozy outdoor area for dining, lounging, or socializing, making every camping trip more memorable and fun.

Materials Needed for Cleaning the Awning

  •  Mild soap or awning cleaner
  •  Long handled extendable brush (like the one used to wash a motorhome)
  •  Hose with a spray nozzle
  • Bucket
  • Ladder (if necessary)
  • Towels or drying cloths
  • Optional: mildew remover for stubborn stains


  • Choose a sunny day to allow the awning to dry quickly.
  • Extend the awning fully and secure it to ensure it doesn’t retract while cleaning.
  • If you are concerned about mold or mildew, let it sit in the sun for a bit prior to washing.
  • Lay down a tarp or cloth to catch any runoff if you’re cleaning in a driveway or on a surface you want to protect.

Sun Dry

When it comes time to clean the camper awning, open it and let it sit in the hot sun for a few hours. This will help kill mold and mildew spores.

Initial Rinse

  • Use a hose with a spray nozzle to thoroughly rinse the awning. This will remove loose dirt, dust, and debris.

Mix the Cleaning Solution

  • In a bucket, mix a solution of mild soap (like dish soap) and water, or use a specially formulated awning cleaner. Follow the cleaner’s instructions for proper dilution.

Scrub the Camper Awning

  • Using a soft-bristle brush or sponge, apply the soapy water to the awning. Work in sections to ensure thorough coverage.
  • Gently scrub the awning, paying extra attention to any areas with visible dirt or stains.
  • For mildew or stubborn stains, use a mildew remover. Apply it according to the product instructions and scrub gently.

Thoroughly Rinse the Camper Awning

  • Once you’ve scrubbed the entire awning, use the hose to rinse off all the soap and cleaning solution. Make sure no residue is left behind, as it can attract dirt.

Dry the Awning

  • Allow the awning to air dry completely before retracting it. This prevents mold and mildew growth.
  • If you’re in a hurry, use towels or drying cloths to manually dry the awning, especially in areas where water tends to pool.

Inspect and Retract the Awing

  • Inspect the awning for any remaining stains or areas that may need a second cleaning.
  • Once dry, retract the awning and store it properly, ensuring it’s not damp to prevent mold and mildew.

Tips for Maintaining a Clean Awning

  • Regular Cleaning: Clean your awning regularly to prevent dirt and mildew buildup.
  • Immediate Action: Address spills or stains as soon as they occur to prevent them from setting.
  • Use Protectants: Consider applying a fabric protectant designed for awnings to help repel dirt and water.
  • Proper Storage: Always ensure the awning is dry before retracting it, especially before long-term storage.

By following these steps and maintenance tips, you can keep your camper awning clean, functional, and looking great for many camping trips to come.

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