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Old 12-17-2015, 04:50 PM   #1
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Hi Friends. I have had our 2000 Allegro Bay for about 4 years and have worked hard to keep the roof clean. Unfortunately I have to park it outside. It always gets covered with leaves and when it's very hot out (Memphis summers) sometimes the leaves stick to the softened rubber. I have not had any issue gently pulling them up before cleaning. I went to clean today and much to my surprise there is a ton of leaves and pine needles stuck to the roof. Not IN it like when it's hot but stuck to it. Some can be pulled off but others are quite stuck and are not coming off with a brush. I am going to clean with soap and water like usual in the morning but I was wondering if anyone else has had this issue and had any ideas. If it doesn't come off with the brush and normal cleaning efforts, I may have to work on each piece individually with a small blade or something but I certainly don't want to get into the rubber. I'm very concerned and appreciate anyone sharing thoughts if they've done this before. Thanks as always.
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Hi Friends. I have had our 2000 Allegro Bay for about 4 years and have worked hard to keep the roof clean. Unfortunately I have to park it outside. It always gets covered with leaves and when it's very hot out (Memphis summers) sometimes the leaves stick to the softened rubber. I have not had any issue gently pulling them up before cleaning. I went to clean today and much to my surprise there is a ton of leaves and pine needles stuck to the roof. Not IN it like when it's hot but stuck to it. Some can be pulled off but others are quite stuck and are not coming off with a brush. I am going to clean with soap and water like usual in the morning but I was wondering if anyone else has had this issue and had any ideas. If it doesn't come off with the brush and normal cleaning efforts, I may have to work on each piece individually with a small blade or something but I certainly don't want to get into the rubber. I'm very concerned and appreciate anyone sharing thoughts if they've done this before. Thanks as always.
Memphisflyer,

While I'm not necessarily a rubber roof fan, I've had them and, they're a bit more durable than you think. Now, that doesn't mean you can have an NFL Football game up there, it just means you should be able to walk, scrub, and thoroughly clean that roof without fear of damage. It also doesn't mean you can use a wire brush either. It's a common sense thing.

What I might suggest is, try using the hottest water in your cleaning solution that you can get up there. Not necessarily steam cleaning but, just try and get some really hot water, to see if that will ease the release of those troublesome leaves and needles. It may or may not, help. But, it's maybe something to try.
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Never heard of that until now. Next roof washing, try using "Dirtex" cleaner. It's a HD cleaner that, to-date, has kept my roofs very clean and white (EPDM and fiberglass).
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Get yourself a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Mop. With some elbow grease you'll be stunned how clean it will come out. Try one of the small household ones on a small area and you'll be sold. All I use is dishwashing liquid and the mop, and my roof looks great.
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It sounds as though tree sap is making the roof sticky. I park under ones and oaks at home and am familiar with that sort of thing. I have fiberglass now, but have had EPDM and TPO in the past and all get sticky/dirty.

What is your "normal cleaning" method? The EPDM is really quite durable, and you can use strong household or exterior detergent and plenty of bleach, along with a medium bristle brush.

You might want to consider re-coating the EPDM after you get it clean. The basic rubber membrane has deep pores that fill with sap and dirt and make it sticky. An elastomeric coating over the rubber will give you a nice bright white and a smoother surface to make cleaning easier. Kool Seal RV, Liquid Roof, or a similar product.
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