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Old 04-14-2015, 01:05 PM   #1
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Is Simple Green

a good, safe cleaner for TPO roof ?
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Old 04-14-2015, 01:13 PM   #2
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I believe so. I use OxyClean in a bucket of warm water with a soft scrub brush.
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Old 04-14-2015, 01:38 PM   #3
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I use regular old Dawn Dish Soap on the roof.

I have heard that Simple Green is fine for the roof.
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I've used Simple Green and it works fine with no resulting issues.
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I used L. A.Totally Awesome from Dollar Store. Works just great.
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Simple Green is fine. Any basic surfactant type detergent is ok to use. You don't want to use harsh cleaners that may contain solvents or petroleum distillates. Solvents can deteriorate EPDM and TPO roofing materials.

Soaps & Detergents: Chemistry of Surfacants | Clean Living | American Cleaning Institute

In my opinion Dawn dish soap works as well or better than many other detergent cleaners costing much more. I believe the chemistry of their product is still under patent protection, but I'm not certain about that. Dawn works great for carpet cleaning among other uses.

I would avoid some of the special multi-purpose cleaners including some automotive products. Cleaners including silicone like Armor All can affect the adhesion of roof repair products. Awesome may work great on your trailer exterior side walls, but it is quite harsh so I wouldn't use it on the roof. Check the MSDS.

Just my 2 cents.

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Vic I dilute the mixture at 10-1 as per instructions for general cleaning. I would never use the stuff straight. It's too harsh. But I do agree Dawn is very good also it just suds up too much IMO.
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The book that came with our trailer said to use Spic and Span, I use it on our roof every time I clean it, does a very good job, and it will not harm the roof.
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I used L. A.Totally Awesome from Dollar Store. Works just great.
That stuff is AMAZING! And it's only $1 a bottle. I love it.
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Vic I dilute the mixture at 10-1 as per instructions for general cleaning. I would never use the stuff straight. It's too harsh. But I do agree Dawn is very good also it just suds up too much IMO.
Diluted is probably fine. Too many people subscribe to the "if that's what is recommended, then more is better" philosophy.

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The book that came with our trailer said to use Spic and Span, I use it on our roof every time I clean it, does a very good job, and it will not harm the roof.
We still use Spic and Span on our vinyl floors. Old school, but good stuff. I don't often clean our trailer roof, but Spic and Span sounds like a good selection.

Do you think that it will work to leverage the Spic and Span experience that my wife already has and translate it to her RV roof cleaning? Nah... even I can see the potential pitfalls in that discussion.

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