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Old 04-27-2016, 12:55 PM   #41
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Do you have documentation ?
What documentation are you asking about, Turbs? The TT is in storage so I don't have it handy, but I do recall reading that Murphy's Oil Soap is recommended for the Alpha Systems TPO membrane. There is a link to the cleaning instructions on Alpha System's "Product Care" web page but the link isn't working right now.
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Old 04-27-2016, 12:58 PM   #42
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What documentation are you asking about, Turbs? The TT is in storage so I don't have it handy, but I do recall reading that Murphy's Oil Soap is recommended for the Alpha Systems TPO membrane. There is a link to the cleaning instructions on Alpha System's "Product Care" web page but the link isn't working right now.


Yes that is what I was looking for, I also seen the alpha link is down or not working on the site.
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Straight from the horse's (MFG) mouth...

OK folks,
After getting the 'Server Error in '/' Application" on the Alpha web site for their cleaning instructions, I made a call to Alpha's Customer Service.

They have taken that info down and are implementing new recommendations.
The gal I spoke with wouldn't elaborate on why, other than mentioning she believes Dawn has "too many variations of their product" (ie: Ultra Clean, Platinum, Foaming, etc) to recommend its use.

Here is what they sent me via email... take their advice, or don't....

CLEANING AND MAINTAINING THE ALPHA SYSTEMS
ROOF MEMBRANE


Proper care and maintenance of your Alpha Systems roof membrane is critical for years of trouble-free performance. Normal maintenance is simple, easy and requires no special materials. Periodic cleaning (three to four times per year) is the primary maintenance required. Alpha Systems recommends using a non-abrasive household cleaner, such as Top Job or Spic-N-Span, and a medium-bristled scrub brush. Do not use any harsh or highly-abrasive products during cleaning. When finished cleaning, remember to thoroughly rinse the roof and sidewalls in order to remove any soap residue and to prevent streaking.

CARE SHOULD BE EXERCISED WHEN WORKING ON TOP OF YOUR UNIT! THE ROOF MAY BECOME SLIPPERY WHEN WET. DO NOT USE ACETONE, OR ANY OTHER PRODUCTS CONTAINING PETROLEUM DISTILLATES, ON THE ALPHA SYSTEMS ROOF MEMBRANE. USE OF THESE PRODUCTS WILL DAMAGE THE MEMBRANE.

Periodic inspection of the roof, during cleaning, is highly recommended. Check the membrane for signs of damage. Check the caulk/lap sealant used in all termination areas, and around all accessories and fasteners, for signs of cracking or voids. The roof membrane can be cut or punctured by sharp objects. Caution should be used when placing any articles on the roof. If damage does occur, the membrane can usually be patched. Alpha's membrane is quite inert and will resist weathering well. It does not require the periodic application of products to protect it from ultra-violet light or ozone. In fact, these products can often cause damage to the roof membrane.

If you have any questions, please contact Alpha Systems at 574-295-5206
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Old 04-27-2016, 02:06 PM   #44
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Dicor?

May I ask, does anyone use Dicor roof cleaning or protectant products? Thoughts?
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Any of the roof cleaning products (like Dicor Roof cleaner from wallyworld) I have tried in the past will leave streaks down the side of your rig. They definitely take the wax off, and some will even discolor decals.

Plus they are expensive, especially compared to Dawn

Never used the roof conditioners on any of my rigs, have been told by several techs it's a waste. Just keep the roof clean and sealed.
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Spic-n-span is what I have been advised to use. It was in the paper work with the camper I do believe.
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Dawn vs. Murphy's

I tried blue Dawn dish soap on the first half and Murphy's Oil Soap on the second half. From my perspective, working on my trailer roof, the blue Dawn dish soap was much more effective. The Murphy's did well but took a lot more scrubbing on my 2 year old dirty roof. I'm sure Murphy's would have been excellent if I had got up there every six months like I should have. But for me, blue Dawn from now on, every six months.

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I tried blue Dawn dish soap on the first half and Murphy's Oil Soap on the second half. From my perspective, working on my trailer roof, the blue Dawn dish soap was much more effective. The Murphy's did well but took a lot more scrubbing on my 2 year old dirty roof. I'm sure Murphy's would have been excellent if I had got up there every six months like I should have. But for me, blue Dawn from now on, every six months.
The Dawn definitely did a great job. I'll have to try that experiment on mine, too. I only wash it once a year and it doesn't get that dirty but my back doesn't like all the bending over to scrub it.

How much do you dilute it in water?

EDIT: I may try the liquid Spic-n-Span, too, while I'm experimenting.
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I tried blue Dawn dish soap on the first half and Murphy's Oil Soap on the second half. From my perspective, working on my trailer roof, the blue Dawn dish soap was much more effective. The Murphy's did well but took a lot more scrubbing on my 2 year old dirty roof. I'm sure Murphy's would have been excellent if I had got up there every six months like I should have. But for me, blue Dawn from now on, every six months.

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