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Old 07-30-2019, 11:12 PM   #1
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Cleaning Day/Night Shade and window box

My 2017 Classic is closing in on 3 years (wow! That went by fast) and the day/night shades and the box surrounding them are in need of some serious cleaning. I hate to admit it but they are really dirty and I donít have a clue how to clean them or that faux suede stuff without doing any damage. Any suggestions?
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Old 08-01-2019, 02:47 PM   #2
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Spray paint it black and the dirt will be less noticeable

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I was told when we purchased it that soapy water and spot cleaning is all the faux suede stuff needs. Not sure about the shades, sorry.
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I have spot cleaned the shades and that’s when I noticed they needed more attention. The spot was clean but everything around it is a different color. I did not consider spray paint but that has given me an idea, spray bottle of soapy water might work on the shades. I wonder if suede cleaner and a soft brush would work?.
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I tried cleaning my shades once, and then had to replace them because the results looked so bad.

I vacuum mine, and call it good.

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I cleaned greasy handprints off the faux suede around the windows. It seems to be like ultraleather and very durable.

No idea about the shades though.
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Naker , What did you use to clean the faux suede?

I’ve been re-reading some of posts from previous threads and calling in a professional service like Stanley Streamer or Zerorez might an option. I haven’t done anything but vacuum so far.
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The "leather" is a plastic, just like the covering on the sofa and seating. Soap and water aren't going to to do much to it. I would not try anything more harsh than 409 on the leather (and would only go there in a pinch).

The shades are .... errr .... ummm .... paper. They may have enough plastic in them to repel water. I've never run that test ... yet.

A few ideas:

https://forums.sailboatowners.com/in...shades.164923/

http://www.zarcor.com/rv_products/oc...lshade_faq.php

As you search around - the shade on the "kitchen window" in a classic is a very different beast that the accordion stuff on the other windows. I suspect the one in the kitchen would be as indestructible as the "leather".

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Uncle Bob, thank you very, very much. Exactly what I needed.
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The only thing that has worked for me on cushion material is those antiseptic wipes you find in the big tubes. I guess the fabric curtains require drycleaning - would love to replace them with some multicolored alternative that hid the dirt one more year. The pull shades...ah, will replace them when intolerable.
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Naker , What did you use to clean the faux suede?

Iíve been re-reading some of posts from previous threads and calling in a professional service like Stanley Streamer or Zerorez might an option. I havenít done anything but vacuum so far.
I used a gentle automotive interior cleaner on the 'suede'. It seems like it is indestructible.
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Naker, thanks. I’ll give it a shot. Anything would be better.
If all else fails I might remove the fake suede box and put in some custom rollers shades which would work for everything except for the rounded end windows. I know I don’t want curtains but Hunter Douglas has some very nice shades that would look amazing if I can just how to install them without putting a bunch of new holes in the skin.
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If I ever have to replace mine, I'm going to use the solid wood Venetian style blinds that I had on my last trailer (Tommy Bahama). They were great and practical.
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Some time back someone posted pictures of aluminum Venetian blinds, they looked great, took up less room and made the interior feel more open.
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