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Old 04-18-2014, 05:06 PM   #1
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Best way to clean a rubber roof?

I will be cleaning my rubber roof tomorrow. I have a soft bristle brush on a long handle. I plan to just use water and this brush.

I do not have a lot if faith in my plan. I think the bristles are too sift to get the gray dirty roof back to white.

Can you help with 'good' ideas.
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Old 04-18-2014, 05:12 PM   #2
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Others will help with the proper cleaning agents for your roof, ours is fiberglass . Most will be quite slippery, be careful!!! Work your way up hill so you don't end up standing in the cleaning solution.
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Old 04-18-2014, 06:02 PM   #3
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you can use a dicor product made for rubber roofs or use spic & span,I have used both and spic & span does just as good a job and much cheaper. Wait until it's dry and then put a sealer/protectant on it.
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Dawn dish washing soap works very well.
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Old 04-19-2014, 06:58 AM   #5
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Try a Mr. Clean magic Eraser Mop and just about any soap you want. I use dishwashing liquid. It'll blow you away what the mop will do. My 2000 Dutch Star roof looks like new.
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Old 04-19-2014, 07:16 AM   #6
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I'd think a fairly soft brush and plain old water would do the trick. After all, the material (EDPM?) will last a very long time and if you have the MH under cover, even longer.

Visit with FIRESTONE and ask for their input (they manufacture it). pc
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I will be cleaning my rubber roof tomorrow. I have a soft bristle brush on a long handle. I plan to just use water and this brush.

I do not have a lot if faith in my plan. I think the bristles are too sift to get the gray dirty roof back to white.

Can you help with 'good' ideas.
My manufactor suggest "Murphy Oil" a natural soap that works really well!
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I've always used Dawn (the blue stuff) with a standard sponge mop. For tough areas I use a soft bristle hand brush.
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Dawn dish detergent, the original blue, and a soft brush on a long handle. Do the roof first before you wax the sides.
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Old 04-20-2014, 10:38 AM   #10
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Whew - 4 hrs got 100% of the roof 95% clean. The dishwashing soap works good.

I am going to go over it one more time in 2 hrs.

Then a 3rd time focused on the stained parts like under the antenna and along the sides.

Good advice not doing the sides of the trailer 1st as they are now streaked a white-ish gray.

Thanks for all the great advice!!!
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Old 04-23-2014, 04:15 PM   #11
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Ramets - Wow, thanks for recommending the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Mop. I did not use it for the roof but used it on the awning. My wife wanted me to try the Eraser pads she had so I was on hands and knees with the Eraser Pads. Since the roof was 95% clean by this point I used the Pads only on the tough spots. Wow - it made the tough spots easy.

The Mop is not easy to find but I found one. My awning was out for the last 6 months under trees in Florida so it was plenty dirty. The Mop kicked butt on the crud that was there.

Thanks again. I will use the Mop from now on for the roof and awning.

P.S. I will buy 3 mops to make sure I have one when I need it.
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I just did this the other day with great results. I took a 2 gallon yard sprayer and put in a 3/4 gallon of Clorox bleach, a cup of dishwashing liquid, and filled the rest with water. Took the sprayer and a garden hose on top of my motorhome. Sprayed the mixture on the roof and let it set for 10 minutes. Hosed it off with the garden hose with a fairly high pressure. After first pass had a few spots to touch up but the rubber roof was bright, all the vent covers, AC shroud, etc. were clean. No Scrubbing..
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How do you determine if the roof is EPDM or rubber?
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EPDM is commonly called a rubber roof. EPDM is a type of rubber.
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