Canvas Cleaning

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  1. Birdfam

    Birdfam New Member

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    My pop-up tent is a hybrid of canvas and vinyl. Vinyl on the top of the bunks and some trim, but everything else, including the interior is canvas. Has anyone used the Bass Pro Shops Mildew cleaner on their fabric canvas?
     
  2. Horby

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    I've read good things but haven't used it. I'm gonna use oxiclean for vinyl and woolite for canvas
     
  3. Tacoma641

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    I just washed the outside of mine with Woolite. Looks brand new.
     
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  4. Sjm9911

    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

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    It depends on how bad the canvas is stained? Is it canvas , sunbrella or something else? Mine is a Coleman, sunbrella and vinal.
     
  5. Horby

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    My zip down windows are canvas and everything else vinyl. I have a Forest River Rockwood
     
  6. Overland

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    My project has a replacement canvas that had been stored a few years under a leaking road cover. I plan to make a frame of some sort out of lumber and drape it over.. hit it with my small pressure washer.

    I know it has some rust staining, but I want to make sure it's free of any mold. I'll have to read up Woolite, or another product that might be better. Hoping I don't have to buy another replacement this season..
     
  7. Sjm9911

    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

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    For the heavy staines I used a bleach solution with dawn, took out all the mold and dirt. Pressure washing will separate the fibers. It will not last too long after that. People say the same with bleach, but it's listed in the sumbrella , the manafaturer , as a way to clean it.
     
  8. Horby

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    So got done yesterday really detailing my pup and woolite didn't work on my canvas. That being said, the amount of canvas I have only consists of 4 zip down windows on both sides of the bunk ends. They fold down into the pup and need to know how to clean them without getting the inside wet or any soaps or cleaners inside. On the outside they are protected by a mesh screen and i can't get enough elbow grease from the outside. Any ideas are appreciated.
     
  9. Duane Davis

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    Leave the bunk ends in and prop the canvas ends up with 8foot long 2x4’s. 2 per side. That will hold it “out” so you can clean it and let all the water run to the ground.
     
  10. GuardMedic

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    I used Zep Mold and Mildew Remover from Lowe's. I also pushed the bunk ends in and propped the canvas up with 2x4s. Just be sure to rinse the canvas well. Worked wonders on my canvas as you can see!
     
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  11. Camp Pineapple Gal

    Camp Pineapple Gal New Member

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    Looks great! How did you rinse? With just a bucket of clean water and a new sponge?
     
  12. Duane Davis

    Duane Davis New Member

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    Use a hose with no nozzle on it.
     
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  13. GuardMedic

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    Yes. I used a sponge to make sure I got all of the cleaning solution off of the canvas and then rinsed it really good. For the middle section, I sprayed the solution on really good and used a lot of clean wet rags to wipe the solution off. Hope that helps.
     
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