Essential tips and supplies to get your RV primed to shine this camping season.
AS SPRING ROLLS IN, it’s time to roll out. And while we all take pride in our RVs, very few of us are truly in love with the idea of spring cleaning—especially when we think about getting on our knees to scrub at marks we’ve almost learned to live with. Truth be told, like TLC, we don’t want any scrub. Well, I come bearing good news: Spring cleaning can be easy. With this quick and clever guide, you’ll be equipped with all the essentials you need to give your RV a frustration-free cleaning—so you can roll out with pride.
Shimmer on the Inside
Interior Cleaning Essentials
Bathroom cleaner Shower/grout brush Broom and dustpan Toilet bowl swab Flat mop for floors Vacuum Multi-surface cleaner Window cleaner Soft microfiber or cotton cloths.
GO SECTION BY SECTION
Use the multi-surface cleaner to clean your interior. Start with the ceiling and work your way down. When you wash the walls, start at the bottom and work up to avoid clean streaks. Moving to the bathroom, grab the bathroom cleaner and a fresh cloth then clean in this order: toilet (inside and out), shower, walls, sinks, and floor. (Don’t forget to use a different cloth to wash and dry with.) Next, apply your window cleaner to a wide variety of surfaces, from mirrors and windows to your TV (Gabe’s Pride Window Cleaner only). In the kitchen, wipe down your microwave, oven glass, and any glass cabinet doors so they’re streak-free. Using both a broom and vacuum, get rid of all the dust and debris from inside your cabinets and on your floors. And don’t forget to sweep any detritus off your mattress and carpets. With a flat mop, use your multi-surface cleaner to mop all the floors starting at one end of the RV and working your way to the other. Rinse your mop out occasionally to ensure it’s always clean. Also, according to the CDC and EPA, you must preclean any surface on which you’ll be using a disinfectant. Disinfectants don’t work on dirty surfaces because they’re not cleaners. Remember: Cleaners clean, disinfectants disinfect.
Sparkle on the Outside
Exterior Cleaning Essentials
- Garden hose
- Smooth microfiber pad
- Soft brush
- Soft cleaning head
The good nonpetroleum nonacidic-based cleaner that can be used on the roof, sides, and awnings without damaging surfaces (like RV Streaker).
LET THE CLEANERS DO THE WORK When you’re ready to tackle the outside, go in this order: sides, underneath your awnings, roof, then the top of awnings. As you clean the sides, start at the bottom and work upwards in small sections at a time. Rinse well from the top down before moving on to the next section. To finish up, do a final rinse of the entire RV, clean the windows, and voila! Spring cleaning is behind you (for one year at least). Now hit that open road!