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Old 04-14-2012, 06:17 PM   #1
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Cleaner for black streaks and stains on awnings

Went to pick up our new to us 2005 camper today. When we looked at it last Saturday, we did not open the awning because it was to close to another camper. The awning was covered with mold and stains into the awning. Also the camper had black streaks all over it. I am trying to work a deal with the dealer to replace the awning.

My question is there a cleaner made that will remove the black streaks and the stains from the awning?

I came across a rv dealer that had all purpose cleaner made by Korkay. Has anyone used this cleaner?

We left the camper with the dealer until this issue is resolved.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:19 PM   #2
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I use turtle wax in the paste. It takes some effort but it works. Washing your roof will help for the future.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:26 PM   #3
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keep the roof clean. Simple Green does a great job getting rid of the black streaks. Don't know what to use on the awing. Something that has some bleach in it maybe to kill the mold??????????? Someone will surely come along soon with some info.
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Is the exterior aluminum or fiberglass (filon)? If it's smooth fiberglass I use a product called gel-gloss. It is a cleaner and a wax. They also sell a heavy-duty version that has a added UV protector added. I use this one on my decals. Otherwise use some shop towels to pour a dollop on, rub the area clean. And let OT haze up and rub it off in a about 15 minutes. Now the area is clean and waxed. Been using the product for 13 years
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My question is there a cleaner made that will remove the black streaks and the stains from the awning?
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Mister Clean Magic Eraser and Simple green spray will remove almost all stains and mold on your awning
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TSP mixed with the recommended amount of bleach will kill the mold on the awning. be careful and follow the directions
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TSP mixed with the recommended amount of bleach will kill the mold on the awning. be careful and follow the directions
Yes! And... Start from the bottom and work up. Clean streaks are harder to get off than black streaks. Work on a small area at a time, rinse quickly and thoroughly, TSP is potent stuff. For smaller jobs those "Magic Eraser" sponges work well too.
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Here is an update on the camper and stains on the awning. I made a deal with the rv dealer to pay for half of the new fabric on the awning. The fabric came in on Thursday and we brought the camper home on Friday.

I tried all the suggestions for cleaning the awning to see if any would work. I guess the stains were in to deep to get out. We will be putting the new awning on ourselves.

The black streaks come off very nicely with a cleaner made by Korkay. Spray it on and wipe off the blacks streaks. Here is the link if anyone is interested. Korkay Spray Cleaner - 1 gallon [194-01] - $13.50 : A Better Way to buy KORKAY(tm)

Thanks again for your help. Does anyone out there camp at Evergreen Resort in Mt. Edan Ohio?
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I've had great experiences with Totally Awesome Cleaner removing black streaks..and its safe for aluminum painted surfaces as well as fiberglass. The easiest way to clean an awning that I've found... Roll it out, wet BOTH sides of the awning and spray JUST THE TOP SIDE with Clorox outdoor bleach ( its thicker than regular bleach and clings better ).. roll it up, hose off the sidewall to remove any overspray and wait about 30 minutes. Roll it out, scrub the underside next to the sidewall where it attaches, and thoroughly rinse .
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I've had great experiences with Totally Awesome Cleaner removing black streaks..and its safe for aluminum painted surfaces as well as fiberglass. The easiest way to clean an awning that I've found... Roll it out, wet BOTH sides of the awning and spray JUST THE TOP SIDE with Clorox outdoor bleach ( its thicker than regular bleach and clings better ).. roll it up, hose off the sidewall to remove any overspray and wait about 30 minutes. Roll it out, scrub the underside next to the sidewall where it attaches, and thoroughly rinse .
X2 on the Totally Awesome cleaner. Can't believe they sell this at the 99 cent store!

The inside of my awning was covered with green stains.
I used TA cleaner full strength on the inside (bottom of awning) with a magic eraser. Now it looks like new. It can be diluted in water for lighter jobs. Dilute 3 parts water to 1 part cleaner for top (colored side) of awning.

It's a great general cleaner and works great for spot cleaning carpet.

Magic eraser with full strength TA cleaner will remove the most stubborn black streaks on RV sides and awning frames.
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Vinyl awnings are relatively easy to clean - they are impervious to even heavy duty cleaners, so you can use lot s of bleach and strong detergents. Acrylic awnings are a woven fabric and not nearly as strong, plus the dirt gets down in the weave. Oxyclean is about as strong as you want to go with them unless you are prepared to re-waterproof the fabric afterwards.
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Resurrecting this thread to give another thumbs up for the LA totally awesome cleaner you get at the dollar store! I read it was good on black streaks on outside of camper, awnings, and even carpets so after pressure washing and STILL couldn't get rid of the black stains on our camper we decided to give it a try. DH says its a winner!!!! Black streaks gone!!!! loving this cleaner. I had tried the green degreaser to no avail and it was seemingly stained in there but the AWESOME cleaner from the dollar general worked like a charm!!! Thanks for the post!!
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Cleaning awning

I was introduced to Korkay cleaner 12 yrs.ago at our Rv dealer. It works on a multitude of problems. It is a no rinse cleaner saving you time and water. An employe of korkay took the formula with him and manufactures the same thing under the Martins label. It comes in a gallon size or in a spray bottle. It can be diluted or used full strength. We had a white fiberglass cap on our truck and used this cleaner. The cleaner made the dirt run right off. It does an amazing job of pulling the dirt. Clean your awning both sides and let dry. Then apply a product like son of a gun or armour all(what ever is cheapest.) Get at Walmart. Kind of like wax on the floor. Your awning will only need a damp rag wipe off after treatment to remove dirt. You wil get many cpmpliments on how your awning stays clean. You can wipe the awning off at the campsite with an old towel. A soft broom will remove and leafs ect. Roll your awning out at home to dry after a rain storm or morning condensation. Baby your awning as they are expensive. It takes care of you(shade) so you need to take care of it!! You may only have to treat it every two yrs.
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I'm still in shock. Really! Our new to us TT had probably NEVER been cleaned as many black streaks were on it but with the help of all my younguns we got r done! In case anyone is interested this is how we did it. We bought LA TOTALLY AWESOME cleaner by the gallon from The DOLLAR GENERAL STORE. It cost like $3.50 I think. We diluted it 5-1. 5 cups of water for every cup of cleaner. We put it in our garden sprayer and sprayed a small section of the camper. Let set for about 30 seconds then just wiped clean with a rag! We also rinsed each section with a water hose cause we found if we didn't the black stuff would run down and restreak as it dried! But taking it easy one small section at a time it came out looking nearly brand new. I was AMAZED what a difference it made! We tried pressure washing it and it didn't even touch the black stains! No other cleaner did either. Just this one! I want to thank whoever suggested this stuff cause it is cheap and very effective!!! *disclaimer,,, I'm no expert I'm only stating what worked for us and you should consider your own rv and risks before trying it. Ours has aluminum siding with stick on decals. It did not harm the siding on ours nor the decals in any way but every rv is different.
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