cleaning canvas

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 20:50
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can anyone give me some ideas on how to clean the canvas on my camper trailer, we have a 1997 coromal camper trailer and the tops of the bed ends is like a white plastic/canvas. it doesn't look to white at the moment and we want to clean it but we are worried what to use as we don't want to risk the water prooffing. I have asked what coromal recomend at the camping shows but they weren't sure either.
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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 21:10

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 21:10
Gee...thats a good advert for coromal.......we don't really know anything about our campervans.....so please ask the people on exploroz????????? Glad i don't own one with that sort of customer service.
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Reply By: old-plodder - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 07:54

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 07:54
For our tent we usually wash it down with some sugar soap, then when dry rewaterproof it (if required) with canvas waterproofing compound from the camping shop.
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Reply By: Shaker - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 09:20

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 09:20
If, as you say ... it is 'white plastic/canvas' material, then it sounds suspiciously like vinyl!
In which case you may clean it with virtually anything, in available domestic cleaners, "Nifty" is hard to beat, or for stubborn marks, "Jif".
Treat it exactly as you would a boat canopy.
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Follow Up By: gone bush - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 19:45

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 19:45
the only thing we were told is that we have to be careful on what to use, but weren't told what might work. They just asked how did it get dirty!, the answer well we use the camper and it does get dusty/dirty. I don't think that it is vinyl but unsure what it is.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 09:07

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 09:07
I wouldbn't take too much notice of a manufacturer that has no idea of what materials the use!
If it looks like plastic coated material, ie. plastic on top & material underneath ... then it is a vinyl material that can be cleaned with almost anything!
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Reply By: Member - Anni M (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 21:03

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 21:03
This is just an idea, but might work - Martha Gardeners woolwash. It does take out all sorts of stains (I have used it on my carpet) and you don't have to rinse it out. Personally I clean our canvas with an Enjo glove and cold water, and that works pretty well. However, you probably don't want to wait for the delivery of the Enjo and they are expensive.
Good luck
Anni
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