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Hi everyone, We have an 03' Allegro Bus with day/night shades. I love the shades, except they are getting dirty. How does everyone clean theirs? I am contemplating getting a steam cleaner/mop for the tile floor and I know that they make one that detaches to clean counters and such. Has anyone ever used one of these steam cleaners? Otherwise, how did you do it?
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Day/night shades? Pleated or rollers? Wouldn't steam the pleated variety, there are too many parts that might be damaged by the steam and the pleat would not hold up either. Haven't seen the rollers taken apart yet so no opinion on them.


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My pleated ones would be very difficult to steam clean, especially the top half. I've had several of mine apart to restring them and the top half appears to be made of some kind of paper product.

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Here's a link with simple instructions. We just cleaned all of ours using this method and it worked great. It uses Oxiclean. Good lick.
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Anyone else had trouble with the Oxiclean affecting the paint like the reviewer states? What would you use if you don't have a bathtub. We have only a shower - I guess I could fill the base of the shower with water and do 1 shade at a time.... concerned about the paint thing though.

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doxie wrote:

Anyone else had trouble with the Oxiclean affecting the paint like the reviewer states? What would you use if you don't have a bathtub. We have only a shower - I guess I could fill the base of the shower with water and do 1 shade at a time


All of ours were too large to immerse in the bathtub. We placed them diagonally in the tub and poured the Oxiclean water over them and rubbed a few areas with our fingers. We did not soak them for the required 30 minutes but they all came out very clean. These babies have been hanging in this rig since 95 so you can imagine. All had those kind of darkened water spot-like stains and were just generally dirty . Took a lot of rinsing because the water got dirty right away. I think the shower could be used for the rinsing if you like. We sun dried ours. They came out great with no paint or other issues. Quite pleased because we intended to replace all of them if this hadn't worked.

I had never heard of this Oxyclean stuff but I'm a believer now. Threw in several pair of old flip flops and a bunch of greasy ball caps. I gotta say, I'm lookin' good now!

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I'm assuming you use the oxi clean for laundry? There are several products to choose from. Also heard this was used and worked well to clean the carpet ceilings. Hope I don't have to try that for several years. Ours is 13 yrs old and looks great.

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I'm assuming you use the oxi clean for laundry?

Yea. We just bought a big box of it at Lowes after reading a thread on another forum which recommended it for cleaning the day-nights.
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I used the following system on fabric pleated shades. I only did the opaque section, not the translucent part.

Vacuumed thoroughly. Sprayed on automotive upholstery cleaner and let it rest as per the instructions. Used a wet/dry vac to draw out the liquid before it had a chance to dry.Tedious, but pretty effective IMHO.


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