Mildew Removal

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zkweber7

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My RV is in Florida, and it's developed mildew on all the seals around the doors and windows.

I've been told that bleach will destroy the rubber seal.? Is that true?? If so, does anyone know of a way to remove the mildew?
 

Gary RV_Wizard

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Use a bleach solution rather than full strength bleach and it won't bother the rubber at all.  You can make it fairly strong, 10-15% bleach, but be careful of cloting, your eyes, etc.  A heavy duty cleaner such as Simple Green or Mean Green also helps.

The bad news is that the mold tends to get down into the pores of the rubber and cab be very stubborn to remove, even though the bleach solution may have killed it.  Sometimes replacing the rubber is the only way to get it looking clean again.
 

Steve CDN

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In addition to Gary's suggestion to use a bleach solution, you may want to try commercially made mildew removers.  I've seen them on sale at Home Depot and Lowes.

Have you checked your roof and awnings for mildew as well,,these are places where mildew in Florida often grows. :(
 

Gary RV_Wizard

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All the  "mildew remover" products I've seen have the same active ingredient - sodium hypochlroite, just like household bleach. Usually the same percentage too.  Check the labels before you buy - plain old laundry bleach is probaly only 1/10 the cost.
 

Steve CDN

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If that's all it is Gary, then you're right.  Gosh, I thought they might have contained a heavy duty, professional quality new improved formula ??? ;D
 
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