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Old 09-02-2020, 12:09 PM   #1
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We have been camping in the pines for the summer. Found out that hand sanitizer takes off the pine pitch easily but am wondering if anyone has tried to clean their fabric awning. Vinyl material I would use the hand sanitizer but not sure about the fabric. Any ideas would be appreciated
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Getting pine pitch out of woven fabric is a PITA! You need to use a solvent (isopropyl alcohol is the recommended one for pine). Hand sanitizer works because it's typically 60% or more alcohol, but a cheap bottle of rubbing alcohol works even better. scrape off what you can and use a cloth or cotton swap dipped in alcohol to wash out the rest.





The problem is that the solvent removes the waterproofing as well, so you need to re-treat it afterwards. 303 Fabric-guard, Starbrite Waterproofing, etc,
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Another idea is to use Dawn dish soap and warm water. I was told this by an RV service tech during my delivery lesson a few years back to use that on my rubber roof since you can’t use any solvents on it. Pine sap dropping will come off with patience - go slow and let it dissolve. Also another tip is to not let it weather-in; the sooner you get it off the better.
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Watch your painted surfaces, too. Dried sap can etch if left for too long. I have several spots on the roof of my pickup because I left them alone for too long. :(
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Another idea is to use Dawn dish soap and warm water. I was told this by an RV service tech during my delivery lesson a few years back to use that on my rubber roof since you can’t use any solvents on it.

Alcohol isn't a problem on EPDM roofs - it won't dissolve the adhesives. Well, a long as you don't pour it on, anyway. The "solvents" to be avoided on EPDM are mainly petroleum-based stuff and citrus-based types like GooGone that are designed to dissolve glues. Even then, it's a problem only if used too broadly. Use as a spot remover isn't going to affect enough of the glue to worry about.
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Have the same problem with tree sap and stains
Was told that simple green or white vinegar would work
Anyone tried these
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Tree stains are real bad used hand sanitizer to remove sap and did a fairly good job
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I've used Murphy's oil soap , in the past , but haven't needed it on my current fabric awning ( yet ) .
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What ever product you decide to use please get the sap off as soon as possible. The longer it stays on the surface the harder the job of taking it off and it will leave marks on the surface.
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Thanks for the ideas. Never thought of WD40, but it is made from fish oil so I guess that can’t hurt. On my plastic roof I let it dry then lightly scrape it off with a putty knife, then wipe it off with hand sanitizer
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