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Old 05-04-2004, 05:15 PM   #29
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Had to post back and thank those who mentioned the screens - not sure who though?

Never thought about the screens - did not know they were nylon as we have always used the aluminum screens up here (big mosees eat nylon ).

So I went in and had a sniff after she was all cleaned - and wow - could I ever smell that smell on the screens! - so off they came for a bath. What a difference.

Also checked a few other spots - ideas from this thread - like behind the stove (which I don't think the PO ever used - no grease anywhere.)

Still have to dust and clean behind the fridge and up the vent - and do the A/C and stove vent filters (another good idea).

Once this is done then maybe I can say she is really clean - well except for the belly pan - but that is another big project for later.

Thanks again - such great ideas and advice!
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Old 05-04-2004, 08:08 PM   #30
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Some really great cleaning ideas there

I am going to give it a good scrubbing down when the weather warms up. I don't see too much evidence of mold in the trailer, one of the PO's at one point in time had winterized our unit for our -40 winters here in Alberta, they had used some sort of adhesive spread thickly with a drywall knife? all over the walls then literally glued on 2"thick yellow insulation everywhere, so another owner, or maybe the same one perhaps, tore out most of the insulation (all the visible walls) and painted over the old dry adhesive, it's very bumpy in places, so when we purchased the trailer, it had a fibrewall stuff put over the walls, it's a nice textured finish with a bit of color flecks, made out of fibre peices. Check it out on www.fibredecor.com anyways the walls look pretty good now. Since they are a fabric/papermache type of material, there is no visible mold or anything like that. When we tore the old carpet up the floor was in pretty good shape, just a small wet/rot area by the front door and one by the bathroom. We put new underlay down and then lino. I wish I would have bleached the old floor first, but I guess it is now sealed over anyways. It didn't look moldy. Behind the fridge looks really dusty, but that's about it. Behind the stove doesn't look greasy or moldy, but it is there in the very back that we found some mouse poop and sunflower shells. There was also a bit of poop under one of the twin beds. That was only noticed after we took the bed out. Those area's will get a good bleach down, and vacuming. (Now that I know that I have to bleach the mouse poop. ) There is only a slight odor left, and I think that is just "old trailer" smell. We never had any mice in the trailer since we bought it in August last year, so the poop we found must have been there awhile. Thanks for all the great cleaning tips. I think I will paint all the shelfs in the cupboards etc (the insides)this will make them fresh and will eliminate the need for expensive shelf liners. Keep the great advice and tips coming. Thanks
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Old 05-04-2004, 08:52 PM   #31
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One cup bleach per gallon of water. Put it in your garden sprayer, bucket, sponge, whatever. It's about the only way to get rid of the mildew. Otherwise it just comes back. If the black disappears with the bleach it's mildew, if not it's dirt. It is amazing to see a piece of black plywood come back to it's color.
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Hi Altastars;

Have one more for you - don't forget those speaker covers.

I was just putting back in the last screen yesterday and again....there it was...that hint of musty smell...and what was right by my nose - the speaker

So they both got washed yesterday too.

It is not an offensive smell - but you know it is there.... but you could be right - she is 35 years old and well she might just have a bit of an 'attic' smell

I'm sure after a few weekends of Peters cooking and the dogs after a swim - she will have a real different odor


Have fun with your cleaning.
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Old 05-05-2004, 03:10 PM   #33
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.... Thanks for all the great cleaning tips. I think I will paint all the shelfs in the cupboards etc (the insides)this will make them fresh and will eliminate the need for expensive shelf liners. Keep the great advice and tips coming. Thanks
You might try a coat of this when painting, my housepainter friend swears by it: http://www.kilz.com/pages/default.aspx?NavID=22
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No one has mentioned using a steam cleaning machine. try that. Also in TX we have a really nasty black mold (They had to totally shut down the main Denton firehouse because of it). Even if you clean it -it can leave black stains on stuff, that not dirt. A lot of firefighters got really sick before the problen of the black mold was discovered. Don't forget-from this coal mine canary- a lot of the cleaning chemicals can make you sick too and be really insidious at it- be careful to rinse out all the bleach etc residue. That's why the steam cleaner is good- just really hot water. Despite out trailer being so stripped out, it still smelled, john removed a front belly pan and sure'nuf the yuckies came pouring out. Even though the back belly pans were relatively clean, and now totally gone. It again made him a believer of my "bionic nose." And ,no I won't test anyone else's trailer, thank you!
But, please, please, keep in mind that all these toxic cleaners, paints (try for low or no VOC paints) can make you sick too. silver suz
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Intrigued about belly pan

is there more than one? And how would one go about removing it? Also how hard or easy of a project is it? And what do you have to do to seal it all up? Thanks so much. I think I have alot of cleaning ahead of me!
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Airstream didn't make it exactly perma press for us!

Ya know I come away from working on my trailer and I feel filthy all over even if I haven't really gotten dirty in it. That will pass when I finally get everything sterilized. Airstream had no design on making it easy to keep things clean apparently in the 70 eras.
The tracks below the tambours (floor and upper). The spirals of the tambours, The rediculous kick space beneath the galley sink base cabinet. You could hide a herd of mice there. In fact the whole sink base cabinet in mine is going to have to come out before I'll feel clean fixing food around it. I will ask and address that removal on another thread. There are so many vermin path possibilities under that thing that I can't begin to list them. And it sure isnt designed for easy access. The "pit"(perfect name for it) where all the water line/pump line/LPgasline to stovetop/ incoming and outgoing water lines stop valves (3), water tank filler tube and its 2 vent lines etc. are is a filthly spaghetti pile of a filth magnet. Add to that the easy access into and out of bellypan cavity there and who knows what lurks when you reach in blindly to twist a valve.

And these problem areas pale in comparison to the hideaway under the tub and around the univolt in the rear bath and I'm sure the dreaded belly. I hope I dont have to remove the bathroom unitized setup, but if I don't feel clean I surely will. It is my desire to vermin proof the trailer against all but the smallest ants and spiders. those too if I can figure out how.

I have every (almost it seems) cleaner known to man at hand and some work and some don't even come close. However my "best friend" is a spray disinfectant that I buy at WalMart (their brand) cheap($1.37) big can(15oz) and I love the fresh clean smell it leaves.It is "Great Value Antibacterial Spray Disinfectant Fresh Linen" it's 37% ethyl alcohol, so use not around flame. I spray it under and in every area I am working,. I don't know what if anything it kills but it sure makes my time on my back under the sink or elsewhere more pleasant. Again I don't vouch that it cleans, it just makes me feel cleaner.

My goal: to have it clean enough to sleep on the floor( not that I ever hope to) will come in time. My dear Mom used to say "Cleanliness is next to Godliness" and I think she was on to something there.
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The tracks below the tambours (floor and upper). The spirals of the tambours, The rediculous kick space beneath the galley sink base cabinet. You could hide a herd of mice there.
If your furnace is under there, then that's why there is so much space under the sink tambour. The furnace recirculates, and needs an air intake. Of course then it also sucks a lot of dust and filth inside the cavity...

I keep thinking that these vintage trailers once were new and shiny, spotless and tight, just like new Airstreams are now. ( at least they are supposed to )
The only reason there is filth and misery everywhere,is that the previous owners mistreated out precious little silver disasters.
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