Pilbara dust in canvas - How to clean?

Submitted: Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 00:59
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I'm looking at buying a camper that is in real good nick with the one exception. The canvas is in good condition and does not leak but it seems to have been packed up at some stage when it was either wet or damp and the red dirt has gotten into it. I have read the archives and it appears to be the general consensus that high pressure hoses and detergent are a no no.

What would be a yes yes to actually get the thing clean??

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Reply By: Mark from Getaway Portable Refrigerator Hire - Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 11:18

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 11:18
Moneypit, Once that stuff gets into the grains of the canvas it is not coming out. As indicated, if you use anything harsh, it could damage the canvas. You may have to live with it.... Sorry.


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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 12:13

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 12:13

Agree with comments above...you're gunna have to live with it. Canvas doesn't necessarily have to have been damp or wet - that stuff just seeps into everything. We had the same thing with our old camper after our Pilbara trip. The locals call it "Pilbara Pink", LOL.

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Reply By: Member - Karl - Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 13:47

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 13:47
It adds to the water proofing of your tent. It shouldn't hurt as along as you look after it and never pack the canvas away wet, or if you have to do so then dry it out ASAP. Should last for awhile.Everyone is entitled to have an opinion - just make sure that yours is correct.
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Reply By: Mixo - Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 21:29

Thursday, Nov 06, 2003 at 21:29
The dust is super fine, and the canvas is super absorbent... like a sponge....and the dust has a lot of iron in it.....end of story. I know people with the same issue......best to let it be.
Why I am here looking at this screen ?
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Reply By: Moneypit - Friday, Nov 07, 2003 at 00:47

Friday, Nov 07, 2003 at 00:47
Something different. A question where all the answers are pretty much in agreeance with each other.

Did I mention it was a Nissan Campervan and I wasn't sure whether to go and look at a Toyota one :) :) :)

Thanks very much everyone. I guess it was a bit anal of me in any event coz if I use it properly its only gonna get more dust on it anyway!!! Just a bit of a cleaning nut I'm afraid.
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Follow Up By: crfan - Friday, Nov 07, 2003 at 10:40

Friday, Nov 07, 2003 at 10:40
I would ask a car detailer or carpet cleaner.
I doubt you will get it clean but they maybe able to make it look a bit better...
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Reply By: Member - Paul - Saturday, Nov 08, 2003 at 15:55

Saturday, Nov 08, 2003 at 15:55
Gday . Also recently moved back to the pilbara and am in the process of dyeing (?) white and light coloured clothes. Is this an option ? Perhaps a red/brown combination.
Cheers and cold beers
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Reply By: Coops (Pilbara) - Monday, Nov 10, 2003 at 11:35

Monday, Nov 10, 2003 at 11:35
I buy all my canvas camping gear in Burgundy cos Pindan is impossible to get out and have almost given up on trying to keep my cruiser clean until I relocate down south.

Made the mistake of putting white tiles in our shower at home when we built and they're now an orange colour. Have tried absolutely everything and nothing lifts the red tinge.Allyn
Where to next ?
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