How to Clean an RV Roof

How to Clean an RV Roof
A recreational vehicle is a big investment for most individuals and for some it is their only home. For these reasons, you should make every attempt to keep it in good condition. This will help it maintain its value, perform at optimum levels and keep down the cost of repairs. The RV roof is one example of something that is sometimes overlooked because it isn't seen that often. Keeping the roof clean can prevent permanent damage from developing in the future.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Metal Roof

Things You’ll Need:
  • For a metal roof:
  • Car wash soap
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Long-handle brush
  • Garden hose
  • For a rubber roof:
  • Manufacturer's recommended cleaner or mild laundry detergent
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Soft rags
  • Garden hose
Step 1
Mix the the soap with water as directed on the bottle.
Step 2
Dip the brush in the bucket of soap and then use the brush to apply the wash to the RV roof.
Step 3
Scrub the entire roof and go back over any stubborn spots.
Step 4
Rinse with a garden hose and repeat the process if needed.

Rubber Roof

Step 1
Mix either the manufacturer's recommended cleaner or a mild laundry detergent with water. Never use any cleaners that have a petroleum solvent, citrus or abrasives. These will break down or damage the rubber and shorten its lifespan.
Step 2
Put on soft-soled shoes or wear none. The rubber can be damaged by sharp or hard objects. Make sure there is no grit in your shoe treads.
Step 3
Scrub the roof with a soft rag dipped in the solution and then rinse with a garden hose. Repeat the process if needed.

Tips & Warnings

 
Clean metal roofs regularly to avoid stains and keep black streaks from developing on the sides of the RV. Wax the roof once in a while to help keep stains from getting into the paint.
 
Clean rubber roofs regularly to avoid white streaks from developing on the sides of the RV. These come from the chalk buildup that occurs as the rubber roof is exposed to the elements.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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