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Old 04-19-2011, 06:41 PM   #1
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Should I be concerned (cleaning products)

We bought our coach used, so there is a feeling that we need to clean it before we move in. At the house, I don't hesitate to dump cleaning products down the drain. Should I be concerned about what products go down into my tank in the RV? Could I get some suggestions regarding what products you use to do inside cleaning. Maybe multi-purpose products. Is it good to use furniture polish on the paneling? Any suggestions would be great. Thanks
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:17 AM   #2
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Glad to see someone asking before just doing and causing problems down the road. The holding tanks needs to have a good enzyme living in there to do the best job with little to no odors. The rubber seals at the dump valves need care as well. Therefore, the use of caustic agents should not be used. There are cleaners made for these and I would recommend they be used. Also include the use of some valve lube (coconut oil) too keep them happy a couple times a year. Never use formaldehyde based tank additives. Once you get a good colony of enzymes you can go for a year or more without having to add anything and have no odors or clogs.
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Old 04-20-2011, 06:22 AM   #3
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I agree with Mikes advice on cleaning products and emzymes.
In most cases the cabinetry and paneling are finished with a polyurethane and I would recomend Murphys Oil soap for cleaning. One of the better wood polishes I have used is Old English furniture polish.
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Old 04-21-2011, 05:50 AM   #4
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Treat your RV system as you would (or should) treat a septic system. Try to minimize the use of caustic acids and bleaches, lye, etc. But modest amounts of chlorine bleach in a cleaning product or solution isn't going to harm anything. If you can put your hands in it, your RVs systems are not at risk.
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