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Old 01-10-2012, 06:38 AM   #1
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Marks on cloth ceiling

Hello,

New guy here. We just bought a '94 Gulf Stream 5vr and in a couple of places on the cloth ceiling are black streaks where the frame could be. Doesn't look like mold. I have used aluminum ladders for 30+ years and it looks like what gets on my hands when I climb the ladders. I always thought that the ladders oxidized and left black on my hands.

I believe this unit has an aluminum frame. I haven't tried to remove the stains as it is cold outside and just thought I would wait till spring.

Any ideas?
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Some Oxyclean in hot water in a spray bottle. Let it soak a couple of minutes and use a rug shampooer extractor with a hose adapter to suck it out. Might have to do a couple of times.
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Old 01-10-2012, 03:05 PM   #3
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Thanks, I'll try that. We need to clean carpets too, so I'll rent a rug doctor.....or buy one for the house, vehicles and camper.
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I am wary of using any home-type carpet cleaner in the RV. They put down too much water initially, and don't seem to suck enough back out. This can promote mold/mildew in under the carpeting.
When DW had our carpet cleaned by a professional service, the carpeting was dry within 24 hours, and they guaranteed their work. I think it cost $70 for our 30' 5er.
The ceiling carpet is another matter. Any good shop wet-vac should get the ceiling dry enough, gravity is helping.
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We used Stanley Steamer, for about $75, they cleaned carpet throughout and did the sofa and captain chairs. Was a couple of years ago, so may be more now.
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Rolfsted!
We also have a 94 gulf stream woop woop!
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I am wary of using any home-type carpet cleaner in the RV. They put down too much water initially, and don't seem to suck enough back out. This can promote mold/mildew in under the carpeting.
When DW had our carpet cleaned by a professional service, the carpeting was dry within 24 hours, and they guaranteed their work. I think it cost $70 for our 30' 5er.
The ceiling carpet is another matter. Any good shop wet-vac should get the ceiling dry enough, gravity is helping.
Thank you that is very good advice that I will take and use.
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We also have a 94 gulf stream woop woop!
What model do you have? Mine is a Tourmaster 32rk. I have only found one other on the internet.
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I have a class C (you're having a 5th wheel right?) mine is a conquest.
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OK.....yes I noticed the picture. Mine is a 5th wheel. You bought yours to tour with?
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We have had stains on our ceiling for a couple years now and a friend suggested we use hydrogen peroxide. So, we gave it a try and sure enough it worked. We used a natural bristle brush to apply it and then followed that with a wet rag to blot and work out the stain. It may take a couple of tries to get out really dark stains, but we were satisfied with the results.
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I'll give peroxide a go. It's inexpensive and worth a try. Thank you.
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I'll give peroxide a go. It's inexpensive and worth a try. Thank you.
I have no idea if peroxide will clean the stains or not. But, try a little bit in an out of the way location first. If it has a negative reaction with some chemical in the ceiling material, you don't want to find out after you put it on a large area in the middle of the room.
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