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  • Where to wash and wax a horse trailer in maryland
  • How to clean a trailor with bleach

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    03-04-2012, 08:06 AM
  #11
Yearling
I wash and wax my trailers and truck. I use a soft bristle extended handle brush with a car wash soap in warm water. I wax them with a product called Ice, easy on easy off. Waxing helps keep them from fading. To me, they are too expensive to not...
     
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    03-04-2012, 11:42 AM
  #12
Green Broke
Thanks for the replies!
     
    03-04-2012, 02:00 PM
  #13
Foal
Its always great to go through the self service car wash , gets it real clean too.

I just bring mine to the car wash when I think its too dirty for me stand, which is about every few months, or I haul something in it besides horses. When I wash it at home, I use a hose, a ladder, and a broom that has a scrubbing head too, and of course some soap, I prefer the car washing stuff for the outside and I like to bleach the inside.
     
    03-04-2012, 03:34 PM
  #14
Foal
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Originally Posted by DrumRunner    
A bucket, Clorox, long handle brush, and a pressure washer...Gremlins just take things from my house, they don't help with anything..
No soap? Because all bleach does is stink and make a real mess of things. Gotta have soap.

And to be helpful and actually answer the question ... Inside, pressure washer with a soap dispenser, then air dry. Outside, we're going to the big-rig wash down the way.
     
    03-04-2012, 05:46 PM
  #15
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by 2muchcoffeeman    
No soap? Because all bleach does is stink and make a real mess of things. Gotta have soap.

And to be helpful and actually answer the question ... Inside, pressure washer with a soap dispenser, then air dry. Outside, we're going to the big-rig wash down the way.
No soap. Some soaps are actually harsh on trailers and cars..it will dull the paint and such.. bleach doesn't just stink and make a mess..I have no idea where you got that from. It sanitizes and clears the smell of the urine and poop in the trailer..If you mix bleach and water together and then scrub the trailer with the brush you're getting much more "clean" and sanitary than you would with soap.. Soap may smell good but it doesn't remove all of the harshness, such as ammonia, it just removes dirt and the things you can see...If you really want a "clean" trailer, use bleach..

I also wasn't aware that I needed to tell the OP she needed to first spray the trailer with the pressure washer, pour the bleach into the bucket, then add water. Use the brush to mix the bleach and water well, then scrub the inside and outside of the trailer..After you have scrubbed very well, rinse with pressure washer, let dry...I assumed that was common sense...
     
    03-05-2012, 03:28 PM
  #16
Foal
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Originally Posted by DrumRunner    
No soap. Some soaps are actually harsh on trailers and cars..it will dull the paint and such..
The next time you're in your local BigMart, you might want to check out the variety of car-wash and RV-wash concentrates available for purchase. They're perfect for both you and your horse.

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bleach doesn't just stink and make a mess..I have no idea where you got that from. It sanitizes and clears the smell of the urine and poop in the trailer..
Chlorine bleach is caustic as all get-out. It can cause skin burns and irritates your lungs, eyes, and mucous membranes.

(And before somebody brings it up: Muriatic acid, which is basically another name for hydrochloric acid, does similarly harmful things to your body with the addition of corroding your esophagus and causing vomiting and diarrhea.)

Wash it with car wash or RV wash, rinse it well, air it out ... same result, none of the side effects. Win!

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If you mix bleach and water together and then scrub the trailer with the brush you're getting much more "clean" and sanitary than you would with soap.. Soap may smell good but it doesn't remove all of the harshness, such as ammonia, it just removes dirt and the things you can see...If you really want a "clean" trailer, use bleach..
I don't want bleach anywhere near anything with ammonia in it — even just ammonia residue. You're talking about unhealthy and potentially toxic results: chloramine, dichloramine, nitrogen trichloride, hydrazine. That's just basic high school chemistry.

Got a well? Got crops? It's also also not something you want in your ground water.

Soap and water washes it all away.

Soap and water removes dirt. Soap and water removes oils. Soap and water removes poop. Soap and water removes ammonia. SAFELY. And a pressure washer will take care of almost anything that's "stuck" on.

Wash it, rinse it, air it out. If you have a legitimate concern about disease, spray the interior down with Lysol spray and let it dry.

If you do it the right way the first time, you won't need to play with bleach.
     
    03-05-2012, 03:38 PM
  #17
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by ThePonyWrangler    
I just bring mine to the car wash when I think its too dirty for me stand, which is about every few months, or I haul something in it besides horses.
Yep - our local car wash has large truck bays that we can drive the whole rig in. You can soak, soap and spray fairly quickly. Very nice in the winter (we haul/compete all winter.

In the summer - pressure washer at home. We have a type that will allow you to insert trailer washing soap.
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    03-05-2012, 04:21 PM
  #18
Foal
Wait for it to rain. That's what I do with trucks and trailers.
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    03-05-2012, 07:35 PM
  #19
Trained
We don't wash ours. It lives under a shelter so doesn't get particularly dirty, and we are out in the rain often enough that it takes care of it.

The inside we only hose out if one of the horses pees. Heard too many horror stories about the floors rotting out because people hosed them every time.
     
    03-05-2012, 07:50 PM
  #20
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by 2muchcoffeeman    
The next time you're in your local BigMart, you might want to check out the variety of car-wash and RV-wash concentrates available for purchase. They're perfect for both you and your horse.



Chlorine bleach is caustic as all get-out. It can cause skin burns and irritates your lungs, eyes, and mucous membranes.

(And before somebody brings it up: Muriatic acid, which is basically another name for hydrochloric acid, does similarly harmful things to your body with the addition of corroding your esophagus and causing vomiting and diarrhea.)

Wash it with car wash or RV wash, rinse it well, air it out ... same result, none of the side effects. Win!



I don't want bleach anywhere near anything with ammonia in it even just ammonia residue. You're talking about unhealthy and potentially toxic results: chloramine, dichloramine, nitrogen trichloride, hydrazine. That's just basic high school chemistry.

Got a well? Got crops? It's also also not something you want in your ground water.

Soap and water washes it all away.

Soap and water removes dirt. Soap and water removes oils. Soap and water removes poop. Soap and water removes ammonia. SAFELY. And a pressure washer will take care of almost anything that's "stuck" on.

Wash it, rinse it, air it out. If you have a legitimate concern about disease, spray the interior down with Lysol spray and let it dry.

If you do it the right way the first time, you won't need to play with bleach.
Laugh! Whatever you say, If that's the way you like to do things cool! I don't..I respect your opinion, I just disagree with it...Remember that we're all adults and it's not one way or the other when it comes to the correct way of washing a trailer..No one's life depends on it and you're taking this WAY out of proportion..
     

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