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Old 10-12-2011, 12:25 PM   #1
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Question When it comes to our roofs....how clean is clean?

I was on the roof last night cleaning it for the first time since we got the TT in May.
Mine is an Alpha-ply roof and Murphy's Oil soap is the recommended cleaner.
I scrubbed it, and scrubbed it. It went from a dark grey, to light grey but it is definitely NOT white.

So my question is.......


How clean is clean?
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Old 10-12-2011, 12:28 PM   #2
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Mine is more like a real light gray or off white even after cleaning it. It also has plenty of a little darker gray spots all over it. I think mine is normal.
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Old 10-12-2011, 04:07 PM   #3
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I was on the roof last night cleaning it for the first time since we got the TT in May.
Mine is an Alpha-ply roof and Murphy's Oil soap is the recommended cleaner.
I scrubbed it, and scrubbed it. It went from a dark grey, to light grey but it is definitely NOT white.

So my question is.......


How clean is clean?

Labzy, same here. Cleaned it with Murphy's Oil soap and although it went from darkish gray to a lighter tone (I guess due to the amount of grime removed) it didn't get close to being white. However after a good coat of Protect-All Rubber Roof Treatment it got brighter (and I think closer to what I was originally expecting.)
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:26 PM   #4
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Walmart.com: Camco Rubber Roof Cleaner: Automotive

This is what I used and mine came out white. You could see it lift the dirt. Then I washed the trailer with

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Old 10-13-2011, 09:46 AM   #5
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Thanks guys!!

I think that since my roof is textured with little 'nooks and crannies' it is hard to get the dirt out of the deeper spots.
I was just curious as to how picky I should be about this, since it was my first time washing a TT roof.
I probably will get up there one more time before winterizing to see how white I can get it
I never thought of using the wash and wax, so I think I'm going to finish it up washing the sides again with that.
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Old 10-14-2011, 05:47 PM   #6
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Walmart.com: Camco Rubber Roof Cleaner: Automotive

This is what I used and mine came out white. You could see it lift the dirt. Then I washed the trailer with

Automotive Wax & Wash | Canadian Tire
I did not have the same result. I have a rubber roof, started with laundry detergent (irovy snow) and wasn't happy that I could not get rid of the "freckles". I rinsed everything off and tried again with the camco stuff, went over the area that I had already cleaned and it did not come any cleaner.

Last year I used a really short bristle brush and I did get it as white as new. It took me the whole day... Not sure I'm that interested in the roof being that white anymore!

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Here's some links to look at:
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Cleaning an RV Rubber Roof | eHow.com
RV Roof Care and Maintenance - the Basics - RV Basics .com
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Not sure I'm that interested in the roof being that white anymore!

happy camping,
Yep, me too! Although I do look at my roof all winter. My house is built in a hill so my driveway is lower. When I look out my front window I can see the roof of the trailer in the driveway. Best part is when it snows it becomes white!
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Last year I used a really short bristle brush and I did get it as white as new. It took me the whole day... Not sure I'm that interested in the roof being that white anymore!
Yes, it would take all day to get my roof back to it's original colour (and it is only 5 months old).
However, I probably would only go to that excessive degree of labour if I was adding a UV protectant onto it after cleansing, but I don't think I will be doing that soon.
I called the manufacturer of my roof (Alpha-ply) and the nice lady I spoke with told me that the whole roof is UV resistant and does not need applications of protectant until the thin white topcoating starts to wear and the black rubber is showing through.

So, I guess I will be satisfied with my light grey roof, complying somewhat to the latest dogma, 'Dirty Is The New Clean'.

Sounds good to me
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So, I guess I will be satisfied with my light grey roof, complying somewhat to the latest dogma, 'Dirty Is The New Clean'.

Sounds good to me
I'm starting to clean today. I like this new saying
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