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Old 04-18-2013, 07:08 PM   #1
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Cleaning the windows on a Flagstaff Popup

I have a Flagstaff T12RB and does anyone have any input as to what to use to clean the windows? Is it safe to use Windex, which has ammonium in it or a mild soap and water, like Dawn and a cloth, or an all purpose cleaner? My bubble windows are covered with Springtime sap, which can get quite heavy here in S.C., from oak and pine trees and before I clean them, I want to be sure I don't damage or scratch the windows. I have no experience cleaning plastic windows.

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Old 04-18-2013, 10:16 PM   #2
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Only thing we ever used on our popup windows when we had it was this:
Introducing Plexus Plastic Cleaner Got it at a boat supply store.
Worked great and never scratched the plastic. Use a soft cotton cloth or better yet a microfibre cloth.
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:30 PM   #3
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+1 on the Plexus. Don't use Windex! I understand that it may discolor the plastic window. With the popup closed (latched for storage or travel) we used Oxyclean on our fiberglass exterior and vinyl roof. It did a great job of removing Pecan tree grime.
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FYI our manual that came with our flagstaff pop-up recommended using soapy water and a soft towel ONLY.

Windex will do bad things to vinyl Windows.

I am sure there are safe products for vinyl Windows, but Windex its not one.
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:59 AM   #5
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Thanks to all who replied on my window cleaning. For the time being, I'm going to make a pail full of soapy water using Dawn and a terry cloth towel until I can get a can of Plexus. (Plexus is not cheap. It looks like it runs around $15.00 for a decent size can.) But at least I now know NOT to use Windex or any of the household cleaners like Spic and Span or All Purpose Cleaners. Thanks again to all. You've all been so helpful.

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Old 04-19-2013, 08:52 AM   #7
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Use no Windex. Even on tinted windows on cars is a no no. One of the best to use is Invisable Glass which O"rileys & Walmart carry.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:21 AM   #8
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As others indicated, don't use Windex !!

I have a 98 Jeep Wrangler with plastic windows, and I only use soapy water to wash those puppies. If they need a quick cleaning between washings, I will spray down with plain ol' H2O and wipe with a soft towel.

I also use 3M Plastic Polish a couple of times a year. http://www.autobodytoolmart.com/3m-p...0-p-16561.aspx. Many auto paint stores carry that, as well as some auto parts stores. Don't get the 3M Plastic Cleaner....that is too abrasive.

My windows are still mostly clear after 15 years. The back window takes a beating due to be rolled up while dirty, so that 1 doesn't look quite as good.

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As others indicated, don't use Windex !!

I have a 98 Jeep Wrangler with plastic windows, and I only use soapy water to wash those puppies. If they need a quick cleaning between washings, I will spray down with plain ol' H2O and wipe with a soft towel.

I also use 3M Plastic Polish a couple of times a year. 3M 39010 Plastic Polish. Many auto paint stores carry that, as well as some auto parts stores. Don't get the 3M Plastic Cleaner....that is too abrasive.

My windows are still mostly clear after 15 years. The back window takes a beating due to be rolled up while dirty, so that 1 doesn't look quite as good.

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I'm going to try some Dawn and cold water today. The label says it's O.K. for plastic but I'm going to try it out first on a part of the bubble window frame. If that looks O.K. tomorrow, I'll do the rest of them.

It's unbelieveable how that pine and oak sap really made those windows so dirty and sticky, but I had the camper parked in my yard since the middle of Dec., so the windows got the brunt of the pollen season. I'll know next year to be sure and keep the camper covered until I'm just ready to use it.

We live and learn!

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