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Old 07-31-2016, 01:21 PM   #1
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Ceiling Cleaning, best cleaners, processes?

Hi All,

Looking to address my ceiling cleaning. The RV was smoked in, and the ceiling has a tint of yellow from smoke. It is a perforated vinyl material. It is starting to sag in areas, and I am intending on screwing it and covering with caps (pictured). As I clean it, I don't want to encourage it to sag more, so I am assuming I should stay away from steam and anything with too much moisture.

Does anyone know of powerful cleaner's which can do the job?

I'm also concerned that because it is perforated, smoke may be trapped in the material above/behind it, which would be bad because would probably still have some residual smell.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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I bought a motorhome that had stains on ceiling cause by roof leak. I found that Oxyclean work best.
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I would start with something simple. I used a wet Swiffer the other day on ours. If that doesn't clean it, I would step it up to the OxyClean as stated.

I've got to say that I've seen a lot of sagging ceilings that people have tried all types of repairs. Your idea is pretty good. The finish product looks nice. Good solution and thinking out of the box!
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How about ammonia?

I have had great luck using diluted ammonia as a cleaner. Took all the stains off my ceiling from a leaky roof.
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Also consider magic eraser and then rent an ozone machine and let it run over the weekend or 2 or 3 days, should make the smoke smell go away! It worked wonders in a house we bought for a rent house that had a cigar smoker in it.

I think it was $200 for 2 commercial ozone machines for 3 days. They brought it out, set it up and picked it up when done. You would only need one for an RV I would think.
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I bought a motorhome that had stains on ceiling cause by roof leak. I found that Oxyclean work best.
Do you use a specific ratio of Oxy/water?
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I would start with something simple. I used a wet Swiffer the other day on ours. If that doesn't clean it, I would step it up to the OxyClean as stated.

I've got to say that I've seen a lot of sagging ceilings that people have tried all types of repairs. Your idea is pretty good. The finish product looks nice. Good solution and thinking out of the box!
Thanks for the kind words, but I can't take credit. I discovered this on a forum and thought it was the most cost-effective and physically non-taxing approach. I've had far too many projects in my life which I've poured sweat and blood into, only to sell it to someone and they enjoy the fruits of my labors :(. So this time, I am just going to try this approach.

Good advice on Oxy, It is some tough cleaner.
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I have had great luck using diluted ammonia as a cleaner. Took all the stains off my ceiling from a leaky roof.
How diluted?
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Also consider magic eraser and then rent an ozone machine and let it run over the weekend or 2 or 3 days, should make the smoke smell go away! It worked wonders in a house we bought for a rent house that had a cigar smoker in it.

I think it was $200 for 2 commercial ozone machines for 3 days. They brought it out, set it up and picked it up when done. You would only need one for an RV I would think.
Interesting about magic eraser. I'll look into it. I bought a Heavy duty Ozone machine a few months ago for this . I'm going to clean this thing up and blast it, hopefully the smoke odor will go away. I just can't tolerate this scent.
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Also wondering if this is a paintable material? I am planning on painting all of the cabinets white, but have read of others' doing so, while ignoring the ceiling only to have the ceiling produce an "off white/yellow" color against new white paint. If it's paintable, that's easy enough, but it is a vinyl, so I don't know how this will work.

My father says no, it will flake. He's in construction so I defer to him a bit, but still think it can be painted

Thoughts?
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I would never paint it.....your father is right. Once you paint, you can never go back. Now dyeing it may be an option.
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I would never paint it.....your father is right. Once you paint, you can never go back. Now dyeing it may be an option.
I see, perhaps I'll have to paint the upper cabinets a darker color than to create the contrast against the ceiling. Will try some cleaning options out tonight and see how it goes. I'm tempted to use a scotch bright pad because of how well they clean. In fact in the picture you can notice a white area and the yellow color. That was cleaned with a scotchbrite pad and a mixture of random cleaners.
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Dilution

Don't recall the exact dilution. Seems to me I used 4 parts hot water to one part ammonia.
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