Cleaning under Solar panels?

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  1. oldflemo

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    Hi.
    Re-cleaned the MH roof yesterday and was surprised by the amount of dirt that has settled on the roof under the panels. Any clever ideas how to remove this muck given I can't remove the solar panels, and have like most people I think, only 50 mm clearance between panel and roof.
    Look forward to your helpful suggestions
    Ian
     
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    I use one of these,quite heavy when wet!(y) 2016-08-25-08-27-53--1700812302.jpeg
     
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    wet cloth on a stick
     
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    Same here.
     
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    that's another good reason for flexible panels bonded to the roof,
    pop my head through the roof light and a quick wipe, job done:)
     
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    Hi.
    So do i,first wife has not missed it yet....... "I do the dusting,ironing,get meals ready,hoover,sew buttons on and garden,and on our Jolly jaunts out play chauffeur "
    "Sorry dearest,i must have been dreaming......":sleep:
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    You can never be sure when Her Majesty's Motorhome Roof Inspectors are going to pounce can you?

    I hear rumours that they've started lurking an the stern promenade decks of cross channel ferries taking notes and photos - brushes at the ready Funsters :)
     
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    Just to add that the radiator brush can be used for other things to ... I'll let your imaginations run wild on that one! :confused:
     
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    Did our roof last week.
    It reminded me of "dancing on ice" as I got a lot of "wheelspin" up there, even barefoot !!!
    Reference doing under the panel, I just let the Fenwicks do its job and rinsed off what came out.
    Our neighbours are'nt "country folk" so they just wake up one morning and think, mmmm, I'll have a bonfire today !!
    No thought of which way the wind is blowing !!
    So I had a lot of black smuts to try and clean off..
    Such fun !!
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    wash under solar panels..??? having a larff or it's a wind up..

    It's a big enough job just washing the roof.. did this a couple of weeks ago..

    I wash where I can reach by hand, who cares if it's dirty underneath

    now the doom merchants will tell me the roof will rot away :ROFLMAO:
     
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    [QUOTE="scotjimland, post: 1992896, member: 15")

    now the doom merchants will tell me the roof will rot away :ROFLMAO:[/QUOTE]
    Maybe not rot away but major contributer to black streaks
     
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    I cleaned under mine as part of a roof clean as typically somone had sited the panel exactly where the water ponds on the roof, so the muck underneath under was awful, which ran down the sides of the van when it rained.

    Hi tech cleaning tool? A wooden stick with a washing up sponge stapled to the end with a staple gun. Worked a treat! The gunge underneath that came out was truly horrible, several years worth of decayed leaf mould and Lord knows what else!
     
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    My only need to clean under them is because I continually get black streaks running off the roof wasting all my other cleaning efforts
     
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    "Yourrrr DOOMED...Yourrrrr DOOMED" Yourrrrr Rrrrroof will rrrrot away."Captain Manwarscotjimland" Plus,the Solar panels don't like it UP 'EM!!
    Tea Bag:eek:
     
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    Cleaned my roof yesterday as well and did exactly as you nicked the bosses feather duster did the job great left it in the sun for an hour and she still doesn't know that's until Twin Lakes errrr
     
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    Got my "radiator brush" now -back on the roof tomorrow-to get it clean before France next week. Thanks for all your kind help and digressions too!
    Ian
     
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