Originally Posted by Carol S.
Harvey - Wondering what you cleaned the 'elephant skin' (Ensolite) with? We just purchased a 1981 with the Ensolite interior walls and it needs some (medium-duty) cleaning. I tried Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaner on a small area, but it did not clean well without some (actual) scrubbing, and I'm afraid to scrub with too stiff a brush because I don't want to damage it. Any suggestions you could give me would be much appreciated.
Regarding the difference in the wall color and interior door color in your pics, our door is also a different color and texture, same as yours.
Carol, here's pic of everything I used (except the buckets of clean water) - I went to Lowes following suggestion from Sam & Jess, see this thread - Ensolite Interior - Cleaning/Painting ??
- & bought a bottle of Tilex Mildew Root Penetrator. Was a little hesitant about it at first (that stuff is stout!) but after trying it under one of the dinette benches I decided it'd work OK. My trailer was absolutely cruddy inside (it had sat with moisture inside after a leak in the roof vent; most of the elephant skin had at least some mildew & much of it had LOTS). After a few false starts I developed a technique that eventually worked out well for the entire interior. I'd spray the stuff full strength on a small area, maybe 2' square, let it set for 5-10 min & then brush vigorously with the pictured brush (the brush has medium stiff but not harsh bristles) 'til the area was covered with a gray foam. Then I'd take a large synthetic sponge, wet it, wring it out & wipe off the foam, rinse the sponge & continue 'til I'd removed all the foam from that area. Takes a lot of rinsing to remove all traces of the cleaner. Usually a 10qt pail of clean water would last thru 3 or 4 areas before I'd hafta change water. The Tilex cleaner has a very stong, acrid odor so I left the door & all windows
open while working, & still had to step outside every few minutes. After cleaning the entire inside & rinsing well it left a nice clean, fresh smell in the trailer. I have a roll of the seam tape from Scamp
& after making sure there is no trace of the cleaner still on the ensolite I'm gonna try the s tuff & see if it'll stick, otherwise I'll probably caulk & paint
the interior including seams. I still haven't done much 're-build' work inside but that starts this week. Oh yeah, the Tilex works good on mildew & 'tree dirt' outside too. My Scamp
had no gelcoat left so I cleaned it well with the Tilex & then applied several coats of Red Max Pro to bring back a shine to the exterior.