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Default Cleaning slide seals

We have tree sap from the Alabama maples on our slide seals (HWH slideouts) - what is the best way to clean this off that is not toxic to the rubber in the seals?
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Boil the seals and make maple syrup?
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LOL, thanks Randy! I’ll see if I have a pot big enough for them. I started reading about it and I think maybe they are just sticky - not really sure how the maple or whatever kind of sticky sap got under the seals so maybe it is not from the trees at all. Maybe it is just the seals are sticking after being inflated for months at a time without moving. I may try some baby powder on them - they squeak going down the road also so maybe the baby powder would stop that also...
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I find mineral spirits is a great cleaner and remover of sticky substances and it is safe to use on about anything, including rubber.
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Clean them, then apply slide seal lube (available at camping world and walmart).
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LOL, thanks Randy! I’ll see if I have a pot big enough for them. I started reading about it and I think maybe they are just sticky - not really sure how the maple or whatever kind of sticky sap got under the seals so maybe it is not from the trees at all. Maybe it is just the seals are sticking after being inflated for months at a time without moving. I may try some baby powder on them - they squeak going down the road also so maybe the baby powder would stop that also...
It has been proven that the talc in baby powder is a carcinogen, so maybe you should look for another product, you wouldn't want to give that Newell problems 10 years from now. . What about "white lighting bicycle lube" from Walmart. It's a graphite compound suspended in a evaporating solution. Also works great on stuck window tracts.
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There is also a dry lube spray, basically teflon dust in an evaporative carrier. Works fine. I use it on my slide seals now and then.
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