Most camper or motorhome canopies are made of vinyl or acrylic. They are treated chemically to provide protection from the sun’s rays without fading. They are also either water-repellent or water-resistant.
If you choose not to use a commercial cleaner to clean the camper canopy, use non-lanolin laundry soap flakes dissolved in water, or a vinegar/water mixture. (Lanolin is a fat that is extracted from the wool of sheep that will interfere with the durability of the fabric.)
Don’t ever use a strong detergent or bleach to clean a motorhome canopy, as these will affect the durability of the fabric as well.
Mix the non-lanolin soap or vinegar with warm water and apply to the camper canopy.
You may need to clean the canopy for longer than if you use a commercial cleaner, but you should still be able to remove dirt, mold and mildew.
Keeping The Canopy Clean:
One final piece of advice for how to clean a camper canopy: Keep it as dry as possible. Damp conditions encourage the growth of mold and mildew.
While this of course is not possible in the rain, if you have to roll it up wet in order to travel, make sure to dry it off as much as possible first. Once you reach your destination, unroll it immediately and wipe it down.
If mold and mildew have already begun to grow, apply a small amount of the water and vinegar mixture. Knowing how to clean a motorhome canopy will go a long way toward protecting your investment and eliminating unnecessary repair costs.
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