Cleaning Your RV After a Summer Road Trip
Summer has come to an end, which means your RV might be looking worse for wear. No worries – with the right cleaners and a little elbow grease, your RV will be spick and span in no time!
Cleaning the Inside of Your RV
Since you have limited space, invest in a handheld vacuum cleaner with a soft brush and hose attachment. You can maneuver these small devices into hard-to-reach corners inside cabinets, under the dashboard and along the ceiling.
It’s important to clean rain streaks and splattered bugs off the outside of your windows, but you shouldn’t neglect the interior either. Most windows can be cleaned with two microfiber cloths – one damp with water and one dry – or a traditional window cleaner.
Toilet and Holding Tank
RV toilets can get dirty and smelly fast. Make sure you regularly clean the bowl and seat with household cleaners. You also want to keep the black water tank clean or else you’ll have to deal with unpleasant scents in the cabin. This means:
- Regularly draining the tank
- Flushing with soapy water
- Adding enzyme treatments and deodorizers
- Buying RV-friendly toilet paper
- Tossing ice cubes in the tank – they’ll ricochet off the walls and clean them with friction
Vacuum and wipe vinyl and leather surfaces with a gentle cloth and finish with a protectant to keep your dash looking shiny.
Mattress and Sheets
Wash used bedding so it’s fresh for your next trip, then give your mattress a sniff. If it smells “lived in,” lightly spray it with a mixture of water and lavender essential oil and lay it outside for the night.
Vacuum carpets regularly and get them steam cleaned occasionally to prevent dirt buildup and stains. Sweep hard floors with a broom and mop them with a cleaning mixture:
- Ceramic tile/vinyl – water and ammonia
- Laminate – water and vinegar
Keep vents free of dust and mildew by washing them with dish soap and sanitizing them with a household cleaner. Remove the air filters periodically and rinse them with hot water in the kitchen sink. Leave them out to dry completely before replacing.
Cleaning the Outside of Your RV
Check window and door seals for cracks and repair them if necessary. Then, clean them with either a silicone-based cleaner or dish soap.
Your cleaning method will depend on whether your RV’s body is made of metal, painted metal or fiberglass. Most RVs respond well to gentle soaps applied with cloths or soft brushes. You can also use a special RV cleaner, though these can be expensive. Check your manual before using any new cleaner to avoid damaging your RV’s exterior.
Some people prefer to pressure wash their RV to blast away stubborn grime, but this may cause damage. Research your model and spray from a distance first if you decide to use this method. Even if you don’t pressure wash, it’s a good idea to rinse your RV before cleaning it more thoroughly since dirt or sand granules could scratch your paint.
If there are black streaks running down your RV, you can use a special cleaner or a mixture of water and vinegar to remove the gunk. You can also encase your RV in a protective cover to shield it from the elements while it’s in storage.
Your RV’s roof material determines which cleaning products you should use:
- Rubber – rubber roof cleaner and protectant
- Fiberglass – Murphy Oil Soap; cleaner/wax, restorer/wax, polish with a mild abrasive or rubbing compound to remove oxidation; epoxy paint to prevent oxidation; protectant or paste wax
Double-check the roof can support your weight before walking on it. You may need to use a long-handled brush while standing on the ladder to clean weaker roofs.
After cleaning and flushing them, drain your water tanks completely. Otherwise, the stagnant water will develop a funky odor over time.
Keep Your RV in Mint Condition at Adult Toy Storage in Altamonte Springs, FL
If your summer adventures have come to an end, it’s time to keep your RV safe in storage. At Adult Toy Storage, we offer more than 1,900 parking spaces – both indoors and outdoors – for your RV. We keep your prized possession protected with:
- 24/7 camera surveillance
- An 8-foot wall and aluminum and privacy fencing
- Computer access gates with keypads
All customers are free to use our wash/air/sanitary dump station before leaving their RV with us. That way, your RV will be fresh and clean when you come to pick it up.
Call us at (407) 875-8111 today to reserve your spot!