Protecting your rubber roof is one of the most coast efficient ways an RV owner can save their pocketbook. Simply cleaning and treating your roof yearly keeps the roof material pliable, reduces chalking (streaking cause by the breaking down of roof material), mold & mildew, damaged caused by the sun, as well as expands the life expectancy of your roof. Anyone who has replaced a roof knows how expensive that can get.
Laid out below is step-by-step process to complete a roof clean and condition. For the purpose of this article we have used Protect All Rubber Roof Cleaner and Conditioner, but there is a variety of products on the market.
Step One: Sweep
Take a dry brush and remove all the loose dirt and debris from the roof.
Note: Rinsing residue off the roof is not recommended. It can cause chalking and create a larger cleanup.
Step Two: Clean
Using the Protect All Rubber Roof Cleaner generously spray a 2 to 3 square foot area. Starting at the front of the RV, scrub the roof with a sponge mop, loosening up dirt and chalk. Repeat as needed.
Note: Use the towels to stop the water from running down the sides. Water will cause chalking.
Step Three: Dry
Let the roof completely air dry before moving onto the next step and stepping onto the surface of the roof.
Note: This would be a good time to check the calking on and around the roof.
Step Four: Condition
Apply the Protect All Rubber Roof Conditioner in the same fashion as stated in step two. Be certain to start at the front and make your way back towards the ladder. Let the roof completely air dry and repeat this step as many times as needed.
Note: Treatment lasts between 3 to 6 months, depending on the climate. It is suggested to be done at least once a year.