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Old 02-04-2010, 01:49 PM   #15
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squeaky clean

Now, if you have it squeaky clean, use liquid Future Floor wax, on the walls to seal the Zolatone, if you have that on your walls. This lasts for a few years if you do it, and makes wiping them down once in awhile a snap to do. If they get sticky again it is time to scrub and clean again. Sounds like you are making progress.

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Old 02-04-2010, 04:05 PM   #16
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NO Simple Green

at least not on bare aluminum - it etches the surface. You'll end up having to polish it all over. On paint, clearcoated aluminum, etc. it's fine.


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Old 02-04-2010, 07:06 PM   #17
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You'll never totally get rid of the smell unless you remove the layers of nicotine from the walls... On a 1972 trailer you should have no problem either using clear ammonia diluted with a sufficient amount of water or white vinegar and water. The ammonia will work quicker. Use a spray bottle and let it work a few seconds before wiping it off with a soft cloth (don’t spray it in your eyes). Be sure to rinse afterwards with clean water, and rinse again. Then open all windows and door and let it air out real good for several days. Actually before using any chemicals - open the windows and door.

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Old 02-04-2010, 08:08 PM   #18

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... the best SG to use on aluminum.

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Old 02-04-2010, 09:44 PM   #19
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OK, I'm a smoker. But NEVER in the house and NEVER in the AS. Our first AS was from a couple that smoked a lot in the AS. It was nasty.
We spent 4 days cleaning every surface in the camper. (that's inside the kitchen drawers too)
Simple green, Castrol Purple or any other degreaser works great. Spray on and wipe off. Follow with clear water because these cleaners are very strong and can etch the surface if left on too long.
Replace the cushion covers, carpet and curtains: no amount of cleaning will really help.
Fabreze also hepls after everything is really clean.
Many of the plastic parts will be yellow and/or smell. These can be cleaned in a mix of Clorox and water (50/50). A good 24 hour soak is neaded. NOTE: Some old plastic parts can become brittle and fall apart after the Clorox soak! Use this at your own risk.
After everything is is cleaned and the fabric is replaced you should be fine. If you're really sensitive you may still be able to smell the tobaco. Now you will nead to rent the ozone machine. These need to run from 24-48 hours to clear the trailer of tobaco smell. The ozone machine is the last step, not the first.
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Old 02-05-2010, 06:34 AM   #20
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Well you could burn it and start from scratch...

Or; I would hire a professional carpet cleaner for all the textiles anyway. They can clean the carpets, fuzzy walls, drapes, couch,etc...this would be a good start.Be sure they have experience with upholstery.

Yuk! Good luck...

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Old 02-11-2010, 06:09 PM   #21
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Go easy with the ozone. It will age plastic, fabric, everything but metal.

Clean with your favorite cleaning product and water. Leave the doors and windows open to air out and you should be OK.

I like good ol' Spray Nine and microfibre cloths for cleaning. And a soft brush for getting into cracks.

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