Cleaning With Microfiber

go4me77September 15, 2010

I have white siding on my trailer and it has green gunk growing on it. I'm wondering if I could use my microfiber cloths to clean the siding. Is it safe to use them?

Another question, What about cleaning cobwebs? (Obviously, I would use them dry on this)

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That's mold growing on the side of your trailer (there is probably more on the north facing side than the other sides. You could use any cloth including microfiber cloth to wipe the mold, but I would use some type of cleaner as well such as a mix of Mr Clean and water and then hose it off. In fact, wash it down with the hose and see how much comes off that way - it might save you some time.

Is it aluminum siding or vinyl siding?

    Bookmark   September 15, 2010 at 9:28AM
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Since it's mold, I'd put on old clothes (because you're dealing with bleach) and protective glasses. Then spray Tilex on it, and spread it around with a big scrub brush -- a long handled soft brush for car washing would be perfect. Let it sit for a few minutes (as long as you can without it drying out) and then hose it off. Quick and easy, and it will kill all the mold spores.

Tilex is GREAT stuff. I use it on my shower stall. I use it on my old scratched up white kitchen sink. I line the bottom of the sink with paper towels, spray them with Tilex, retire for the night, and in the morning toss the towels and the sink is the whitest ever!

But Tilex will bleach out your towels, washcloths, and clothes.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2010 at 1:48PM
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@graywings--We have white vinyl siding.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2010 at 7:37AM
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There are certain products you shouldn't use on aluminum, that's why I asked. You can use just about anything on vinyl siding. Tilex will work well, but it's meant for small jobs like a bathroom, not cleaning an entire trailer, so it could end up being more expensive than something you mix up yourself in a bucket. I guess it depends how big an area you are going to clean.

There are lots of formulas on the internet, everyone has their favorite. I like using a mix of laundry detergent, bleach and TSP in water. Lots of people prefer oxyclean to TSP and bleach because it's better for the environment. Here's a link that has several recipes for cleaners.

The long handled soft brush is a great idea.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cleaning mixtures

    Bookmark   September 16, 2010 at 5:49PM
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I'm sure it's safe to use microfiber cloths on vinyl siding. Microfiber (in an appropriate texture, and clean) is the best tool to clean delicate, easily scratched surfaces like show automobiles, optics in binoculars, etc.

I read in the Costco Connection magazine about a product called Wet & Forget that easily cleans mold, mildew, and algae off practically any surface and is safer for the environment and the surfaces themselves.

I've successfully used OxiClean for soil and algae stains on my painted stucco deck and outdoor cushions, but I had to let it soak on and then scrub quite a bit. Wet & Forget is just like the name; you just hose it on and leave it, so that sounds good to me.

Here is a link that might be useful: Wet & Forget

    Bookmark   September 16, 2010 at 6:30PM
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Now, THAT is an intriguing product . . .

    Bookmark   September 17, 2010 at 9:16AM
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