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Message posted by johntog on 24/9/2017 at 11:46am
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Picked up my used pathfinder yesterday and I would like to clean the cabin canvas inside and outside. I've used boots natural soap flakes to good effect on my sterling and still have a lot left. To do the inside is it practical to remove the cabin canvas, turn it inside out and put it back on the camper for washing?
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You could lay the canvas inside out over th cabin poles but you won't be able to fit it as there won't be the hoops or ties for the poles to go through. It would be better to take it off and either lie it over the poles or lie it on a garden table,rather than do it from inside with it up I would say, as you are at risk of dropping soapy water on the wood, Hope you find the best way to suit you and get a good clean. Don't know what you use to waterproof after, but we think Nikwax is great.

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After having another look at it it's actually not too bad. I think I'll leave it in place and sponge the inside with hot water after giving it a hoover, then I'll get the excess water off with my Karcher water vac. The outside will still be cleaned with the pure soap, once the inside is dry, as it doesn't affect the waterproofing qualities of the canvas. Give me a chance to test for leaks in the canvas and seams.
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Glad it's better than you first thought inside. Does the natural soap get stains out of the canvas?

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Quote: Originally posted by Junior pullman on 25/9/2017
Glad it's better than you first thought inside. Does the natural soap get stains out of the canvas?



It will lift out dust and dirt very well but it won't get some stains out as it's a very gentle clean. It would depend what the stains were. Lifting out the dust and dirt does improve the canvases ability to repel water.

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Thank you Haven't heard of using the natural soap before. always good to know these things.

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Quote: Originally posted by Junior pullman on 26/9/2017
Thank you Haven't heard of using the natural soap before. always good to know these things.


Has to be natural soap flakes, like your granny used. I got mine from boots but not sure if they still do it.

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Quote: Originally posted by johntog on 25/9/2017
Quote: Originally posted by Junior pullman on 25/9/2017
Glad it's better than you first thought inside. Does the natural soap get stains out of the canvas?



It will lift out dust and dirt very well but it won't get some stains out as it's a very gentle clean. It would depend what the stains were. Lifting out the dust and dirt does improve the canvases ability to repel water.




so would water?

Im not sure there is any evidence that a dusty or dirty canvas is any more/less waterproof....


Id be wary of the water vac scrubbing up the canvas too much.

I would advice that the best way to clean canvas is with a soft brush when dry, or getting it out it a nice downpour and having it 'naturally cleaned' failing that a short hose off.

inner pods can normally be hand washed.


Im just super wary of detergents on the canvas, pure soap flakes are ok, but you can easily damage the natural waterproofing of the canvas.


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Quote: Originally posted by johntog on 25/9/2017
Quote: Originally posted by Junior pullman on 25/9/2017
Glad it's better than you first thought inside. Does the natural soap get stains out of the canvas?



It will lift out dust and dirt very well but it won't get some stains out as it's a very gentle clean. It would depend what the stains were. Lifting out the dust and dirt does improve the canvases ability to repel water.




so would water?

Im not sure there is any evidence that a dusty or dirty canvas is any more/less waterproof....


Id be wary of the water vac scrubbing up the canvas too much.

I would advice that the best way to clean canvas is with a soft brush when dry, or getting it out it a nice downpour and having it 'naturally cleaned' failing that a short hose off.

inner pods can normally be hand washed.


Im just super wary of detergents on the canvas, pure soap flakes are ok, but you can easily damage the natural waterproofing of the canvas.




You don't "scrub" the canvas with a water vac, Gently stroking the canvas in one direction is all you need. Dust and dirt on canvas can help to feed mould and just to reiterate, natural, pure soap flakes will not compromise the waterproofing of canvas. You MUST however rinse it off well and then rinse again to remove all traces of soap. Soap can also feed mould! If canvas is hoovered and washed with plain water and a soft brush occasionally I agree soap may not be needed, but dirty dusty canvas does benefit from the soap treatment.
John


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