Car awnings are the perfect camping accessory for road trips and other outdoor adventures! With a high-quality car awning, you can effectively create a comfortable rest area anywhere you park your car! Your car awning will shield you from the sun, rain, wind, and even snow. However, proper care for your car awning is necessary for extended use. In this article, theLAShop will teach you how to keep your car awning in tip-top condition! 

Vinyl or Acrylic

Most car awnings are made from either vinyl or acrylic. Both materials are extremely popular but need to be cleaned differently.  Here is the difference:

Vinyl. This is a waterproof material that is UV resistant and scratchproof. However, if not properly cleaned it can host mold and mildew. 

Acrylic. These awnings are semi-porous which means that rain can soak through the material. Because of this, they tend to dry out faster and carry less mold. 

When to Clean

To keep your car awning working properly you need to perform general cleanings. You should deep clean your awning at least once a year to remove dirt, debris, stains, or mold formations. Cleaning your car awning doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. This is what you’ll need:

  1. Dish washing soap 
  2. A spray bottle 
  3. A Hose with a spray nozzle 

Steps of Cleaning

  1. Saturate your awning with the dish washing soap and use a soft brush or broom to scrub the stained parts 
  2. Use a small amount of bleach on stained areas and mildew. Do not use a lot of bleach and understand that it is not necessary for every cleaning. If you do use bleach every time you clean you run the risk of ruining the color of your awning. TheLAShop Blog: How to Safely Clean Your Car Awning
  3. Add vinegar to water as a natural combatant for mold and mildew, but NEVER use bleach and vinegar at the same time
  4. Use a lower pressured pressure weather to gently remove stains, leaves, and built up debris

Is Your Awning Easy to Setup?

When you’re ready to relax, the last thing we want to do is put you to work! Your car awning should quickly set up in just a few minutes using the self-adhesive straps and twist-lock design. Never spend too much time setting up or breaking down your awning, as your vacation is all about peace and tranquility.

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We have a lot to be thankful for this year. In 2021, it is more important than ever to spend time with the ones we love. Connect with your family and friends virtually this year. 

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