The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the trees are bursting with tiny green leaves. We all know what that means…it’s time for some RV spring cleaning!
Spring is the traditional start to the traveling season for many RVers. While you’re busy planning trips and dreaming of life on the open road, don’t forget to get the RV ready for the season by giving it a good deep cleaning.
And for those of us who live full-time in our RVs, spring is also the perfect opportunity to clean out all that dust and dirt that has been building over the winter.
Throw open the windows, put on some tunes, and let’s get cleaning!
Start by gathering your materials. There’s no need to use harsh chemicals or a different product for every surface. I find that a few simple cleaning supplies are all I need for my RV spring cleaning.
- All Purpose Cleaner. My favorite brand is Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day. It comes as a concentrate or pre-mixed in a spray bottle. I use this to clean everything from the vinyl ceiling to the wood floor.
- Seventh Generation Dish Soap. You would be suprised by how many things you can clean with a simple bowl of dish soap and hot water.
- Seventh Generation Powerful Cleaner. This product is perfect for cutting grease and grime in the kitchen. It’s great for cleaning the stove and microwave.
- Vinegar based glass cleaner for streak-free windows. You can make your own, or buy a product such as Seventh Generation Glass & Surface Natural Cleaner.
- Baking soda and water. A simple paste of baking soda and water works wonders when it comes to removing tough stains from your stove, oven or sink.
- Microfiber cloths, sponges, clean cloth towels, and paper towels – for all your wiping, scrubbing and drying needs.
Okay…we’ve gathered our cleaning helpers, let’s get down to business!
Clean Ceiling Fans and Wipe Down Ceilings
Ceiling vents and fans collect an amazing amount of dirt! We have two MaxxAir Fans in our RV. One in the bedroom, and one in the living room.
We use these fans nearly everyday to move air around and cool us down in the warmer months. All this use results in a lot of dirt and dust build up on both the blades and the screens.
Here’s my process for cleaning the ceiling fans. If you have a different brand fan in your RV, or ceiling vents with no fans, you may need to alter this method slightly.
- Remove the screens by lining up the plastic tabs and pulling the screen down.
- Clean the screens in the sink by gently running a sponge over them with warm, soapy water.
- Remove the plastic fan blades. The MaxxAir has a nut in the middle of the blade that holds the blade in place. Simply remove the nut with a wrench and the blade slips off.
- Clean the blades with warm, soapy water.
- Now that the screen and blades are out of the way, you can clean the fan housing using all-purpose spray and a microfiber cloth.
- Replace the blades and the screen, step back and admire your handiwork.
To clean the ceiling I use a multi-purpose spray and microfiber cloth. Look for dust and dirt in the corners, above window coverings, and around overhead cabinets.
Wash Window Sills, Screens, Panes and Curtains or Blinds
Next I like to tackle the windows. Like the ceiling fans, RV windows tend to get a lot of use and collect a lot of dust. Sometimes I feel like I could wash the windows daily and still not keep up with the dirt!
I usually wash my RV windows on a monthly schedule, but every six months or so I like to do a deep cleaning that involves removing all the screens and washing the entire window inside and out. It’s amazing how much brighter it feels inside the RV when the windows and screens are clean.
- Remove the window screens and wash gently with warm soapy water. I find the best place to do this is in the shower. Wipe them dry with a clean towel.
- Clean the inside of the window casing and the window sill with multi-purpose spray.
- Spray and wipe the window panes with a glass cleaner both inside and out.
- Clean the window coverings. If you have cloth curtains, remove and either wash by hand or have them dry cleaned. If you have mini-blinds wipe them with a microfiber cloth or microfiber duster.
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