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Old 09-13-2013, 04:37 PM   #1
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Help with Rubber Roof Cleaner

I washed my roof with a roof cleaner for rubber roofs from an RV dealer. I was not satisfied with the job.
I understand that CITRUS CLEANER, is not recommended this I read in a previous thread. Would citrus cleaner be OK for the sidewalls that are fiberglass?
Is Murphy Oil OK for rubber roofs?
What is good for rubber roofs?
I would like to find something cheaper than overpriced RV cleaners that don't work.
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Old 09-13-2013, 04:49 PM   #2
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Try a palm full of Spick-N-Span powder in about 2 gal of water. Use an old fashion scrub brush and a LOT of elbow grease. Spick-N-Spn can be found at an ACE Hardware store.
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:13 PM   #3
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I had good luck with Dawn dis soap on my rubber roof.
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:23 PM   #4
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Murphy's oil soap is what is recommended by Newmar for the BriteTek roofing material.
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:40 PM   #5
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My thanks to the OP for your thread. I'll be cleaning my roof next week. I was looking at camping world's flyer I received in the mail and I think they had the same soap (Dicor) for sale for EPDM roofs at $35/quart. Yikes.......think I'll give the Dawn soap treatment a go first.
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Thanks for the reply's. This is very valuable to me I hate useing products that are over priced.
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Hi,
The the rubber roof is known as brite tek. Sorry I have some kind of roof and after rain the whole MH gets white residue on it.
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Brite-Tek is TPO, not EPDM. A related family, but a different material. TPO is not porous like EPDM.

You can clean either one with most any heavy duty detergent and a medium bristle brush. Spic & Span, Mean Green, Simple Green, etc. Add a generous amount of bleach to the solution if you have any mold or stains ( common problem). Rinse well, including the sides of the RV where the dirty gunk ran down. Murphys is OK, but it's not a super cleaner and probaly won't do the trick if you've been parked under trees or where there are industrial wastes in the air. We use Murphys inside, on the leather and wood. It's mild and leaves a nice sheen.
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Try a palm full of Spick-N-Span powder in about 2 gal of water. Use an old fashion scrub brush and a LOT of elbow grease. Spick-N-Spn can be found at an ACE Hardware store.
X2..this is exactly what I use. It even worked when I messed up and left the RV under our oak trees a couple of years ago in the fall. We had a lot of rain and it covered the top with oak leaves which turned the roof black before I realized it. Spic-N-Span with a good medium bristle brush and lots of water did the trick. Just be sure to keep rinsing and rinse the sides down really good when done.
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Before Dicore came out with it's own line of cleaners. Spic-&-Span was the recommended cleaner.. It is still what I use

I use a "Van Wash" Brush. now thi sia a "Flow through" brush but I do not use that feature.

In a few weeks I'll go up with the brush, a pail. Spic & Span and a charged garden hose (Means it has water pressure inside).

Fill the pail and brush it down. Rinse with the hose. That's all folks.

Oh, I'll sweep any loose debris off first (The brush, dry) and inspect as I go for issues but that's all "Routine" stuff.
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Before Dicore came out with it's own line of cleaners. Spic-&-Span was the recommended cleaner.. It is still what I use

I use a "Van Wash" Brush. now thi sia a "Flow through" brush but I do not use that feature.

In a few weeks I'll go up with the brush, a pail. Spic & Span and a charged garden hose (Means it has water pressure inside).

Fill the pail and brush it down. Rinse with the hose. That's all folks.

Oh, I'll sweep any loose debris off first (The brush, dry) and inspect as I go for issues but that's all "Routine" stuff.
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Brite-Tek is TPO, not EPDM. A related family, but a different material. TPO is not porous like EPDM.

You can clean either one with most any heavy duty detergent and a medium bristle brush. Spic & Span, Mean Green, Simple Green, etc. Add a generous amount of bleach to the solution if you have any mold or stains ( common problem). Rinse well, including the sides of the RV where the dirty gunk ran down. Murphys is OK, but it's not a super cleaner and probaly won't do the trick if you've been parked under trees or where there are industrial wastes in the air. We use Murphys inside, on the leather and wood. It's mild and leaves a nice sheen.
Thanks Gary
Very good tips I have made a pdf file and will referance it next time I was the roof
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Thanks everybody.
This will save me a lot of money and frustration.
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I had a stubborn stain on my rubber roof, and the wife suggested I try a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on it. All I can say is WOW what a difference. Where I cleaned made the rest of the roof look bad. So I went out and bought a Magic Eraser mop so I wouldn't have to get on my hands & knees. No soap of any kind, just water and the mop. Looks like the day it was made.
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