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Topic: What do you use to clean a tpo/epdm rubber roof??

Posted By: Concordriver on 07/11/11 09:05am

The manufacturers of tpo and epdm rubber say that using cleaners containing petroleum distillates will damage a roof by ruining the adhesive and cause ballooning in an RV roof..Also don`t use products with a citric base!! Now we`re getting technical.. Have you found a
good cleaner that doesn`t contain harmful chem`s?? Please let me
know what they are..Mine needs a good cleaning. Thanks.


Posted By: harold1946 on 07/11/11 09:11am

Been using Murphys Oil Soap for many years. I use it in a pressure washer and scrubb with a soft bristle brush if needed.


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Posted By: fisher60 on 07/11/11 05:48pm

harold1946 wrote:

Been using Murphys Oil Soap for many years. I use it in a pressure washer and scrubb with a soft bristle brush if needed.

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Posted By: ExRocketScientist on 07/11/11 11:37am

harold1946 wrote:

Been using Murphys Oil Soap for many years. I use it in a pressure washer and scrubb with a soft bristle brush if needed.

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This works most of the time. Occasionally I have needed a little more than that. Yesterday was one of those days. So I added some bleach and TSP (which required me to resort to a bucket for application rather than through the pressure washer). Just keep it off of polycarbonate (the vent lids, Maxxair covers, and skylights).

I have also used simple green, but it is only mildly more effective than the Murphy's oil soap alone.

* This post was edited 07/11/11 12:03pm by ExRocketScientist *


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Posted By: ronharmless on 07/11/11 12:03pm

Don't know what type of roof you have, but Alpha, the maker of TPO roofs, recommends Murphy's Oil Soap. Don't know what the EPDM manufacturer's recommend.


Posted By: JJBIRISH on 07/11/11 05:04pm

Dawn dish soap…


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Posted By: harold1946 on 07/12/11 08:21am

By the way Murphys Oil Soap is also good for cleaning the wood cabinets and vinyl upholstry. And it's available at most grocery stores.


Posted By: Concordriver on 07/11/11 10:51pm

Thanks to everyone who responded to my question of 7/11/11. According to the literature with the m/h I have a TPO roof
so I think I`ll give Murphy`s soap a try.


Posted By: spud57 on 07/12/11 07:09am

JJBIRISH wrote:

Dawn dish soap…


Just used Dawn Dishsoap yesterday as well. Very pleased with the results.


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Posted By: wa8yxm on 07/12/11 12:18pm

Well, I go up top on my rubber roof with the following.

Broom: Sweep off all the loose stuff
One of the following: Van Wash Brush (Long handled car wash brush) MOP, Window washer's brush, you can use any of them. the first and last are best in my opinion.

Bucket (plastic)

Garden hose, with sprayer, pressurized.

SPIC & SPAN

The roof is much like a kitchen floor..

Sweep it clean of loose stuff

Mop with Spic & Span

Rinse

The hose comes in handy for filling the bucket so as to make mop water
And for rinsing the roof off when that step arrives.


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Posted By: Sea Dog on 07/12/11 12:40pm

A pressure washer works like charm.
Blows the dirt right off, no need for soaps or to rinse.

I have a two thousand pound electric washer,
I hold the nozzle four to six inches from the surface, sweep back and forth, quick and easy.


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Posted By: Brent and Gina on 07/12/11 01:33pm

Our 16 yo "push-hard" knocks it out effectively. No chemicals involved.


Posted By: javaseuf on 07/12/11 02:04pm

I use Murphys with Spic-N-Span.

Whatever you decide to use, be very sure to keep the sides of the RV wet with water so when the soap on the roof runs down the side (and it will), it won't leave streeks which are very hard to remove.






Posted By: RGordon on 07/12/11 08:03pm

I just use Turtle Zip Wax car wash soap that I use to clean our vehicle. Use long handle brush that is used for cleaning rv and truck.


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Posted By: tjar66 on 07/13/11 05:00pm

wa8yxm wrote:

Well, I go up top on my rubber roof with the following.

Broom: Sweep off all the loose stuff
One of the following: Van Wash Brush (Long handled car wash brush) MOP, Window washer's brush, you can use any of them. the first and last are best in my opinion.

Bucket (plastic)

Garden hose, with sprayer, pressurized.

SPIC & SPAN

The roof is much like a kitchen floor..

Sweep it clean of loose stuff

Mop with Spic & Span

Rinse

The hose comes in handy for filling the bucket so as to make mop water
And for rinsing the roof off when that step arrives.




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Posted By: Mick1152 on 07/13/11 05:47pm

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Posted By: luvglass on 07/14/11 11:22am

I agree with Mick.
Our roof is almost pure white, even though it's only been cleaned maybe 2 or 3 times when I have had the rig professionally cleaned.


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