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Old 06-21-2019, 03:33 PM   #1
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Cleaning sand off aluminum walls

Not really a restoration question but wondering if I could get some experienced advise on the best way to clean sand off the inside aluminum walls.
We had a window break in Lake Powell and a bunch of dry and moist sand blew inside. Everything was covered. Iíve cleaned most of it. Vacuumed the walls with a soft brush but thereís still sand on them.

When I tried wiping it down with a cotton rag and small amount of cleaning spray, it scratched the aluminum like sand paper.

Any advise? My only idea right now is to wipe down with a soaked micro fiber cloth. But Iíd also like to know what cleaner if any is best for that. (Usually I use Lysol multi purpose surface cleaner).
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Your problem is perplexing. I would have thought the light vacuuming with a soft brush to have done the trick. But when you said that failed, I suspected some kind of static charge was holding the grains of sand to the walls. But when you used a wet spray, I'd have thought that would have released the static bond. Sorry, I've got nothing.
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Your problem is perplexing. I would have thought the light vacuuming with a soft brush to have done the trick. But when you said that failed, I suspected some kind of static charge was holding the grains of sand to the walls. But when you used a wet spray, I'd have thought that would have released the static bond. Sorry, I've got nothing.
This is going to be time consuming but I think I would roll up a towel at the base and then spray clean water on it starting at the top to loosen the sand. The aluminum is actually coated with a thin clear plastic like material which could be gently buffed if needed.
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What about one of those super soft feather duster things to kinda sweep the sand down then vacuum up?
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Sticky lint roller?
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Old 06-22-2019, 10:14 AM   #6
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I would try one of the waterless cleaners they use for show cars. I use one called “Envy”. They sorta “float” the dirt off with a chemical layer under it. The Walbrize commonly used on Airstream exteriors May work also.
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Cleaning sand

I would do this

Use our California duster to gently pick up the heavy stuff. Followed by a Automotive detail mist and light wipe with a fresh microfiber.

After that use Lemon Pledge with a soft Cotten towel or microfiber. Lemon Pledge is recommended by Airstream.
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I'd try masking tape. It's known for picking up small particles without leaving adhesive behind. 🤔
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