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Old 07-09-2014, 06:46 PM   #1
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Roof Cleaning & Treating

Rubber roof on a 2007 36' Fourwinds, stored outside with a cover during the winter months. What are some do's and don'ts? I have watched YouTube video's. All the manufacturers say they have the best product. I hate doing something and then have somebody say it was a big mistake. I love my coach, I love using my coach. I love the fact that my coach still has a roof. How do I keep it that way?

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Old 07-09-2014, 07:32 PM   #2
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Use a non petroleum based soap such as Murphy's Oil Soap to scrub it with a bristle brush at least once per year. After cleaning, treat it with Aerospace 303 UV Protection and your rubber roof will last forever.
Most of all Do Not Use Petroleum Based Products on your rubber roof.
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Just scrub it well with a good detergent and a medium bristle brush. Add bleach if needed to get mold out of the pores. Both bleach and detergent can be quite strong - the EPDM won't mind it a bit. Detergents don't contain petroleum solvents, so just avoid things like mineral spirits.

"Treating" a rubber roof really isn't required, but you can put a coat of liquid floor wax on if you like. It helps it shed dirt for awhile. Mop 'N Glo is one that works OK and isn't so slippery that you can't get up on the roof when needed. Those RV rubber roof products are ok too, but usually expensive for what little benefit they give. Household wipe-on floor products are as good and much cheaper.
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Use any detergent you like. Use bleach to treat black mold, you can dilute it if you like. I use full strength bleach on mold works fast, won't hurt EPDM. You can use a long handle brush, I found for me a sponge mop works better. Attached is a picture of my roof showing where I cleaned it with bleach. Started out diluting the bleach takes to long, full strength works fast. Finish the cleaning with 303 protectant. I buy it by the gallon on ebay or Amazon, which ever one has the best price with free shipping. I try to clean the roof twice a year.

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I knew this would be the right place to go. I'm so glad I did. You guys probably saved me $100 or more. Looks like this weekend is roof cleaning weekend. Thanks for all your help.


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While the 303 protectant is not absolutely necessary, it does prevent the white streaking on the coach walls and windshield for a while.

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I use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Mop. I got one after I had a stubborn stain that I couldn't get off. My better half suggested trying a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sponge. I did and couldn't believe how easy it came off. Well I wasn't going to do the whole roof on my hands & knees, so I bought the Mop. My 14yr. old roof looks like the day it was put on.
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Wow. Great. Funny how good things go when we listen to our wives. Haha. Thank you very much.


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Cleaned my roof today using Dicor roof cleaner and Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Took off even the scuff marks.
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