CAMPING TIPS | How to Clean Your Caravan or RV Camper After The Summer Holiday Season

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Learn how to properly clean the inside and outside of your caravan, campervan or RV at the end of the summer season to keep it in great condition…

Whereas we got to enjoy a wonderful summer, sadly it is almost coming to an end. The weather is starting to change slowly, but noticeably, into colder and rainier days and the nights are already drawing in. This means that many camping sites are starting to become quieter again as the season heads to a close.

If you’re one of those lucky people who got to enjoy their summer holidays in an caravan or RV Camper, then this article will be helpful. It is important to clean your RV Camper properly before storing it again for the winter and this article will help you with that!

Cleaning the inside

Foremost, it’s important to clean the inside of your RV properly. This starts with cleaning out all of your cabinets. Don’t forget the refrigerator and freezer. When your RV is empty, you can start your deep cleaning process. Wipe down all surfaces and fixtures and make sure that you don’t forget the inside of cabinets. Use a disinfectant spray to get rid of all germs.

After that, it is time to clean out all air vents and filters. During the summer, a lot of debris and dust accumulates in your vents, which isn’t the best for your health. It could potentially trigger allergies.

Therefore, it is important to clean them out frequently. Most filters and vents are easy to clean. It just a matter of reminding yourself that you should do that once in a while, and your deep cleaning moment would be a perfect time.

Don’t forget the bathroom

Second of all, the bathroom should definitely not be forgotten. During your holiday, mould or limescale might start to form, which could get worse when you leave it over winter. Therefore, you should know how to get rid of limescale and mould. With the use of the right products, it should be easy to remove and prevent such inconveniences. In this way, you can start the new camping season with a shiny and clean bathroom.

Finish with the exterior

Finally, you should also take care of the exterior of your RV camper. Sweep the roof and clean the outside with a sponge, making sure that it shines again. For the finishing touch, you might also give your tires a quick clean with a tire cleaner.

Take extra care of your awnings in this process. Even though RV’s camper awning fabric is designed to withstand every type of weather, it will still need maintenance after being outside for a while. If you want to reap the benefits of your awning for as long as possible and keep it in excellent working condition, cleaning it frequently is essential, even if it is not presently mouldy.

How to Clean Mould from Your RV Camper’s Awning?

Your camper’s awning is probably a crucial part of the reason you bought an RV in the first place: to enjoy the outdoors in more comfort and privacy. While protecting you from the weather. Unfortunately, it also serves as a dustbin for the dirt that comes with living in a place surrounded by nature.

Therefore, mould could become an “uncalled” friend with the camper awning and causes damage if not cleaned frequently. Sadly, there is no rocket science in cleaning the mould from the awning. However, if you know how to get rid of limescale in the bathroom, then cleaning the Awning of your camper will be easy-breezy.

Nevertheless, we are here to tell you about cleaning the mould from your camper awning in the simplest way possible so that you can go back to relaxing outdoors.

Tips for Cleaning Your RV’s Vinyl Camper Awning

Being non-porous and naturally mould resistant, vinyl is often used for RV awnings. Cleaning vinyl is easy; you only need a soft brush, as there are no pores to dig into.

However, vinyl is not durable enough to resist regular pressure washing. Vinyl’s non-porous nature also means that cleaning solutions don’t need to sit on the material for as long as they would on a coarse texture. Therefore, mould can be quickly eliminated using bleach on vinyl.

Tips for Cleaning Your RV’s Acrylic Camper Awning

Acrylic may not be as waterproof as vinyl, as it is woven. Waterproof coatings and the porous nature of certain materials make cleaning them more of a task. Roll up the awning after applying a cleanser to reduce the amount of cleaning required for it.

You may need to do some scrubbing, so use a brush with strong bristles to remove grime from the spaces between the carpet’s fibres. Even if you didn’t scrape your acrylic, adding another coat of waterproofing spray is still a good idea once you’re done cleaning.

What’s the Best Option for Cleaning All Types of Camper Awnings?

A serious, persistent mould problem is best treated using in-store antimicrobials. It can treat the severe case, the little one you just want to get rid of, and anything in between. Different brands have different instructions; nevertheless, you can be confident that whatever you have will perform the job perfectly.

If you like to relax under your camper awning for long and don’t like spraying toxic chemicals all over your awning, there are several environmental-friendly methods for eliminating mould that won’t harm either you or your awning. Baking soda and vinegar can effectively kill mould. Cleaning the damaged area requires soaking it in vinegar and scrubbing it with baking soda. 

To Sum Up

Even though RV’s camper awning fabric is designed to withstand every type of weather, it will still need maintenance after being outside for a while. If you want to reap the benefits of your awning for as long as possible and keep it in excellent working condition, cleaning it frequently is essential, even if it is not presently mouldy.

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From open water swimming, snowboarding and kayaking to hill walks and meditation, Shell shares her travels and microadventures here on the blog and in various publications she’s written for, Shell has a particular interest in promoting wellbeing and the many benefits of nature therapy.

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