How to Clean a Rubber Roof


Rubber roofing is a tough material put onto homes and RVs. Rubber roofing reduces maintenance tasks such as sealing and prevents leaks, seam splitting and pitting. Rubber roofs are made of Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM), a tough material resistant to decay. Regular cleaning of the rubber roof is necessary to prevent mold from building up and stains from appearing. Rubber cleaning is necessary quarterly to reduce the chances of dirt buildup and to remove debris.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom
  • Bucket
  • Soft-bristle brush
  • Water
  • Soap
  • Sweep off debris such as leaves and twigs by using a soft-bristle broom before washing.

  • Fill a bucket with water and regular dishwashing detergent. Agitate the water to make soap suds.

  • Scrub the roof with a soft-bristle brush using the water and soap mixture.

  • Check all seams of the roof for leaks while cleaning.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear soft-soled shoes while working on the roof to prevent slipping when the rubber is wet.
  • Use a small amount of mineral spirits poured onto a rag to remove stains from the roof.
  • Do not use petroleum- or citrus-based cleaners on a rubber roof; they can cause decay.
  • Many EPDM manufacturers recommend not using a sealer. Check your warranty for instructions.

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