How to Remove Stubborn Stains on an RV Awning

Recreational vehicles, or RVs, are mobile living spaces used primarily for camping and recreational purposes. Awnings are installed on RVs to reduce temperatures inside the vehicles and provide shady areas outside. They also prevent the sun's ultraviolet rays from damaging RV interiors. Since these awnings are often exposed to dirt and dust, they require monthly cleaning. Certain debris may occasionally mar awnings, causing stubborn stains. Fortunately, certain cleaning products are effective at removing dirt and difficult stains from RV awnings.

Spray the awning with water from a garden hose to remove embedded dirt. Apply a dime size amount of commercial awning fabric cleaner to a soft cloth.

Dab the cleaner onto the stubborn stain and on the other side of the fabric. Roll up the awning.

Keep the cleaner on the stain for the amount of time recommended by the cleaner manufacturer. Unroll the awning.

Scrub the stubborn stain with a brush, if you have a vinyl awning. Do not scrub an acrylic awning, as you risk removing the water retardant finish.

Rinse the awning with water from the garden hose. Repeat the entire process on any other stubborn stains on the awning.


Remove tree pitch on awnings by applying ice cubes on the affected areas.


Do not use oil-based or abrasive cleaners on the awning; these cleaners can damage the fabric.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose
  • Commercial awning fabric cleaner
  • Soft cloth
  • Brush
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