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lorimousa
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« on: March 15, 2009, 06:01:49 PM »

Please help!!!  We had a condenstion buildup during the winter and now there is mildew on the inside of the canvas and on the curtains.  I took the curtains out to wash them, but I have no idea how to get the mildew off the canvas without damaging it.  Does anyone have any ideas???
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2009, 03:42:45 AM »

It's highly doubtful you have canvas, a woven cotton fabric not used in modern tentage.  Cleaning technique will depend on what fabric you do have.

Sunbrella, on the Fleetwood/Coleman trailers, specifies Woolite and cold water for cleaning that fabric.

A more probable cause than "condensation" was putting the trailer away wet.

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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2009, 03:58:28 AM »

Welcome to PUX!  I would suggest starting with Woolite as Chuck suggested.  Mix it according to the directions on the package, then dab some onto the canvas and see if that does the job.  Check it in an inconspicuous place.  You could also try rubbing alcohol.  I know that works well on the outside of the canvas (vinyl side).  Once you kill the fungus, let it dry out and then try using a stiff brush to brush it off.

Chuck, canvas is used in many trailers.  Both of our Palominos had it, although the current trailer has less of it than the older one did.  It's got a vinyl coating on the outside, affixed to canvas which is obvious on the inside. 

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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2009, 04:13:46 PM »

I have a nice mildew stain on my 2yr old canvas from a roof leak. I called Bear Creek Canvas, and they said that there is no real way to clean it without damaging the material.

You could try a stiff brush to remove the loose stuff...
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2009, 08:14:43 PM »

I had some of the Camptex material (vinyl) Fleetwood used for a while just get yucky. I took it off and had the local cleaners put it in a gigantic washer with some liquid detergent. They came out looking very nice.
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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2009, 10:58:30 AM »

It's not a matter of it coming out, but the cleaning solutions that will ruin the water repellant properties of the material.
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