Q: How do I clean canvas and what should I do if if has mould on it?
A: To obtain the maximum life from Outdoor Canvas, the following points should be noted:
1. Keep the fabric clean by brushing regularly, both inside and outside, with a soft brush and by hosing occasionally with clear, cold water.
2. Do not apply soaps, detergents, cleaning fluids or insecticides.
3. Keep petrol, oil, solvents, kerosene and other similar fluids away from the fabric.
4. Do not allow bird droppings, earth, sand or vegetable matter to remain in contact with the fabric.
5. Ensure that the canvas is thoroughly dry before stowing it away.
6. Should mildew spots appear, brush them off before they become attached.
7. Persistent mould or mildew growth should be treated with White King* solution, strictly in accordance with the instructions outlined below.
8. Canvas which has been cleaned extensively may require reproofing.
USE OF WHITE KING* AS A MILDEW REMOVER
White King is a bleaching and cleansing agent which is effective in removing mildew growth on canvas and killing mildew spores.
Read the safety directions on the White King label and follow these directions carefully. Wear rubber gloves and avoid contact with skin and eyes.
*Read all directions thoroughly before commencing.
*As some tenting fabrics are not colourfast, an inconspicuous section of the tent should be tested with the solution before proceeding.
*The treatment is best performed outdoors, and best results together with easier application are achieved when the canvas is in a taut position – tents, annexes etc. should be fully erected; where this is not possible, spread on a clean surface.
*Remove dust and dirt by lightly brushing. Heavy soiling should be washed off with clear, warm water – do not use soap, detergents or other cleaning agents.
*White King should be diluted with water, 1 part of White King to 3 parts of water. It should not be mixed with other chemicals or cleaners.
*Apply this solution evenly to the outside at a rate that will penetrate the fabric, working the solution into the canvas with a stiff brush or broom.
*Hose the solution off thoroughly after 15 minutes, continuing to hose down until run-off is clear.
*If mildew is not completely removed, allow canvas to dry, then repeat the application.
*Do not allow the solution to remain on the canvas for more than 20 minutes without thoroughly rinsing or damage may occur.
*White King solution is not a re-proofing agent, but acts as a pre-treatment to remove mildew and spores. After completely drying, the canvas is pre-treated and ready for an application of ux Mildew and Water Proofing Compound.
*Properly applied, White King solution will remove mildew and kill spores.
*Care must be taken that the solution does not come in contact with anything other than the canvas being treated. Any splashes or spills should be thoroughly washed off immediately with water.
*The solution will yellow lawns, however this will grow out.
*White King solution will remove mildew, but not obstinate stains.
*As Austral Canvas has no control over the condition of fabric to be treated, or the method by which the solution is applied and removed, no responsibility for fabric failure or other consequence of the treatment can be accepted.
*Wash applicators with clean water.
5 litres of *White King solution will treat approximately 10 square metres of canvas, once.
Q: How can I clean PVC products?
A: Mix a weak concentration of detergent (1:20) in tepid water. The detergent must not contain any solvents.
Wet the top of the fabric with the detergent and water mix. You can apply this mixture with a soft cloth, soft-bristle brush or soft mop. After this has been completed, rinse off with plenty of fresh water until no residue remains.
For mildew: wash with liquid detergent, tepid water and diluted chlorine bleach (1:20), then rinse with plenty of fresh water until no residue remains.
Avoid harsh rubbing or scrubbing. Any implement used must not be too hard or coarse, otherwise the surface will be damaged.
Austral Canvas takes no responsibility for the performance of any cleaning agent and any potential damaged caused to the surface of the material as a result of the use of such.