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Old 11-29-2020, 02:39 PM   #1
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Best way to get stains out of ceiling?

So, prior owner fixed leak by skylight. Itís dry, but yellow around the skylight...

Bleach?

I can remove the stained section...throw it in the washer (will it damage it? Shrink it?)

Open to ideas...

What have folks successfully used?
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What type of ceiling does your RV have?

I have successfully cleaned the fuzzy cloth type ceilings using a garden sprayer with oxyclean and a shop vac to suck the dirty water back out of the ceiling. Trick is not to over do the spraying. Too much water can cause more staining.
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Itís got the fuzzy white stuff... oxyclean worth trying...
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Just be aware: When I did my 1997 coach, I had great results, so much so, my wife said "those sport now look cleaner than the rest of the ceiling, can you do the rest of the coach so it all looks the same?"

If you ceiling is like mine was, the fabric is vacuum glued to thin plywood. The plywood contains a reddish/brown dye that runs when it gets wet. Too much moisture and the spot grows and grows. So remember, "A Little Dab Will Do-ya"
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We just used our Little Green Machine carpet cleaner, sparingly with the sprayer and sprayed, scrubbed and sucked immediately to avoid to much penetration to avoid further staining as per BigD9. Again if you dab surface using bleach or Oxy, be prepared for needing to do the whole ceiling to match!

FWIW: when using the machine, I wrapped small folded towels around my arms secured with elastic bands in place as it will drip all the way down!
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Try gently dabbing with a cloth and a little hydrogen peroxide.
This is how I successfully cleaned up our leaking bathroom skylight rust colored ceiling stain. Several light applications...good luck.
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Folex carpet spot cleaner works great!
DW tried some white stain for carpet, NEVER do that. It makes the knapp hard and crumbly.
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I tried OxyClean, Peroxide, bleach, and Folex on my wood stained fuzzy white ceiling. Folex was the only one that had any effect on mine. I spray a section and then scrubbed it by hand. Darker spots require me to repeat a couple of times but I'm happy that something works.
Using a carpet/upholstery cleaning machine sounds a LOT easier. Going by the instructions on the bottle it seems Folex is meant to be used with such anyway.
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I tried OxyClean, Peroxide, bleach, and Folex on my wood stained fuzzy white ceiling. Folex was the only one that had any effect on mine. I spray a section and then scrubbed it by hand. Darker spots require me to repeat a couple of times but I'm happy that something works.
Using a carpet/upholstery cleaning machine sounds a LOT easier. Going by the instructions on the bottle it seems Folex is meant to be used with such anyway.
I buy Folex in a finger-pump spray bottle for better control over what I want to clean.
If you wish to clean the entire ceiling, yes a Green Machine works well too.
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I couldn't find Folex anywhere locally but in a one gallon jug. Which I dilute and mix into a spray bottle. The instructions on a gallon jug may differ from what's on smaller bottles. Hopefully I can find other uses for it as a gallon of concentrate is WAY overkill for just a few ceiling stains.
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I used 2 spray bottles that you get at the $ store and filled one with bleach (full strength) and one with vinegar. Spray first with bleach and wait 15 to 20 seconds and then spray the area with the vinegar which neutralizes the bleach. Don't scrub just watch the stain disappear. I have done this on my motorhome and my boat fuzzy ceilings. If you are concerned about this method you can try it on a hidden section like inside a cupboard.

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Pull down the ceiling fabric, scrape and prepsol clean, and apply new fabric with 3M 90 heavy duty contact adhesive if cleaning doesn't get the job done. A couple hour project.
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Wow. Google chlorine plus bleach. It equals toxic chlorine gas. Pretty I won't ever be doing that and I certainly wouldn't advise others to do it. It might work great on stains but I'm not going to try and find out.
I have inadvertently mixed ammonia and bleach and gotten some chloramine gas effect. Safe to say I've been more careful since and don't wantonly mix things without checking first.
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Pull down the ceiling fabric, scrape and prepsol clean, and apply new fabric with 3M 90 heavy duty contact adhesive if cleaning doesn't get the job done. A couple hour project.
Where can one buy a couple yards worth?
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