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Old 04-30-2012, 08:27 PM   #1
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Question about Roo canvas.

Hello All!

If you have seen my previous posts, you know that I have been going over my new 233s with a fine toothed comb the last 2 days.

Cleaned the roof (it is mostly white again), installed Maxx Air II covers, cleaned the awnings (front and slide) and cleaned all the canvas inside and out.

Question: Are the zip-open sides of the bunk ends a different material than the top and ends? The tops and ends cleaned up real nice, but the sides of the bunks seem to be some kind of "cloth" instead of vinyl-canvas. There are black spots growing on them, but nothing takes it off. It is more like a thin cloth material that is holding onto the little spots.

Anyone else notice this? If so, how do you clean that stuff?

Thanks Folks!

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Old 05-01-2012, 08:50 AM   #2
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You are right that there are two types of material on the tent ends. The top and parts of the sides are vinyl coated and the actual windows are just canvas. My canvas only material does have tiny specks of brown and black, but they are miniscule and I am pretty sure just part of the material. How big are the black spots you are talking about? Can you post a picture? I took a picture of mine this morning and will post it. Does yours look similar?
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:11 PM   #3
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Thank you for answering!

Sorry I don't have pics to upload yet.

Yes, mine has the little dark spots, but it also has some areas that I KNOW are where mildew or mold has started. This unit sat opened up on dealer lot for a good 4 months. It looks as if the areas toward the bottoms where the bug screen always touches might allow for this stuff to start growing.

I don't know what substance to use to get rid of it that will still be safe for the canvas.

Any ideas?

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Old 05-01-2012, 11:55 PM   #4
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What about some type of oxy cleaner? Worked wonders for me in the past on other items. I would stay away from anything like bleach. May cause fabric to crumble.
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:35 AM   #5
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a mild bleach solution would work or a mold/mildew store product.
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Thank you all.

I am going to give some different things a try. I'll let you know if I find one that works so that anyone else in the future can search this thread.

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Old 05-02-2012, 10:26 AM   #7
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you could contact the company that makes the canvas for the Roo.
there should be a tag on the inside of the canvas ends with the manufacturer's name.
there was also a maintenance sheet in the owner's manual stuff, from the company.
i can't remember mines right now. if i do i'll post it.
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Thanks bikendan!

The company is TJ Snuggles. I will try to contact them. It is strange that they don't have a website we can visit. If you try to go to tjsnuggles.com, you get a screen that says that you don't have permission to see it! I wonder why they are secretive?

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that's the company. no, they don't have a website, probably because they are a sub-contractor for FR and other companies and just do canvas.
they may not be big enough or need one.

here's the number i have: (574) 546-4404

they can send you the care and maintenance sheet i got and maybe they would have some cleaning product suggestions.
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Thank you for the number!

I actually found their number through the web, but again, no actual website. You would think they would have one since they have been in business for 100 years...

Anyway, I called the spoke with them. The woman I spoke with was very nice and helpful. She actually took my number, then called the textile manufacturer where they get the material from and asked THEM how to clean the canvas! I was impressed. She said that the director guy from where they get the canvas told her that the best way to clean non-vinyl canvas is a mixture of 50/50 bleach (non-additive bleach) and water. Just spray it on and wipe lightly with wet, soft sponge. Keep at it until the mildew starts disappearing. Then rinse VERY well and allow to dry completely. He said that you may not be able to make it completely disappear, but the spores will be dead and as long as you maintain it (never fold it up wet again) the mildew shouldn't return.

So there you have it. Hopefully this thread will help someone else who experiences this. Like I said, it is not bad on my canvas. Only a few places toward the bottoms of the side screens. However, I can tell that the dealer had folded the bunk ends in when there was still some moisture on them.

Thanks for your help!

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