Warmer weather is almost here. We can practically feel it! Before you know it, you’ll be loading up the RV for your next road trip. But slow your roll before you roll out. When was the last time you deep cleaned your RV? Spring is the perfect time to put a little elbow grease into your beloved home on wheels and we’ve got a few helpful tips. Check out our top tips for RV spring cleaning.
- Wipe down ceilings, walls, hard surfaces, and appliances with a multi-surface cleaner that is EPA registered to disinfect and remove bacteria, viruses, mold, and other allergens.
- Empty, vacuum, and wipe out storage areas and cabinet pulls. Haven’t used an item in a couple of years? Get rid of it. Toss out any old or expired foods or spices.
- Strip and wash bedding, vacuum the mattress, and spray with an aerosol disinfectant before remaking the bed.
- Vacuum blinds, valances, and lampshades with a soft brush, then go over with an adhesive lint roller.
- Remove spots with a damp, soapy cloth. For hard-to-remove grease stains, scrape with a knife, then layer paper towels on top of the stain. Using the lowest heat setting, iron the paper towels to lift the grease. Then, gently scrub the spot with a mix of dish soap, white vinegar, and water. Finish your routine by steam cleaning.
- To flush your freshwater system lines, connect a clean water hose to your home’s outdoor faucet and connect the other end to your RV city water connection. Open your gray tank, turn on all the faucets, and run until the water looks, smells, and tastes clean. Use an RV freshwater deodorizer to flush your freshwater tank.
- Start at the top. For fiberglass roofs, use a soft brush, hose, and any wash-and-wax product to remove grime. While you’re up there, look for any loose or cracked sealant and follow the manufacturer’s directions to remove old caulking and repair. If you have an older RV with a rubber roof, you’ll need specific rubber roof cleaning products.
- Know what you’re made of – metal or fiberglass. For painted or polished metal bodies, use a pre-wash to remove grime and grit, then clean with a non-abrasive cleaner, soft-bristled brush, and microfiber cloth or mitts. High-pressure washing is not recommended because these RVs are clad and riveted, and water can seep in between the seams. For fiberglass, use a wash-and-wax product with UV protection. Again, beware of the high-pressure washer – it can damage slideout seals and peel exterior decals.
- Use a silicone-based cleaner on all window, door, and slide-in gaskets or flexible weather sealants. Most spray on and don’t require any wiping or additional cleaning. Don’t neglect your awnings—they need a rinse, too.
Remember, spring cleaning is an opportunity to look for any problems and give your RV the attention it deserves so you’ll be ready to roll on your next adventure. Happy cleaning!
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*Before tackling any cleaning jobs, check your owner’s manual for specific recommendations.