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Cleaning stained vinyl headliner

I spent about 7 hours aboard our "new to us" boat today, cleaning her out and cleaning her up. I was able to get up a good bit of the mildew using various combinations of vinegar, tea tree oil, Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, water, and rags. But, as I wiped away the black from the mildew from the headliner, I noticed that there were a lot of brown stains on there, too. And those didn't respond to the Magic Eraser at all, which was frustrating. Is there anything that will take out those stains? I didn't have any bleach, and with the other chemicals I had used, I wasn't inclined to go get any to use today, anyway. But bleach was my first thought, although I'm not sure how the vinyl would react to it. I really like the look of the headliner (assuming it wasn't stained) so I'm reluctant to pull it all down and put something else in its place. Any thoughts on how to clean it?

- Jim
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