There’s no reason we can’t attempt to hold onto some semblance of tidiness when camping, and the very best place to start is with the floors.
You see, RV floors are always the first thing to get messy, and as soon as they do, that mess is strewn about the small living space in no time. Sandy or muddy campsites only make the problem worse, and keeping the floors free of these things is an uphill battle, to say the least.
What’s a tidy RVer to do? Well, there are actually a few steps you can take to try to keep your floors looking good. Here are our recommendations.
Lay down an outdoor rug
First, you’ll want to get your hands on a good outdoor rug. This rug should be large enough to provide you with a decent outdoor living space. It will help keep you and your family from walking in the dirt by providing an alternative walking surface just outside the door.
It’ll also help clean dirty shoes before they reach the front door, meaning this step alone could help your floors tremendously.
Create outdoor shoe storage
Of course, things would be even better if the shoes never make it into the rig at all. Therefore, an outdoor storage solution could be the answer to your prayers. Something as simple as a plastic bin with a lid can serve as your outdoor shoe storage.
If you go this route, shoes such as Crocs are an excellent choice because they can be slipped on and off easily and won’t be harmed if they get rained on.
Strategically place small rugs
The outdoor rug mentioned earlier is the most important step you can take toward clean floors. However, a few smaller rugs can also be extremely helpful. Throw a small rug down at the front door and throughout the RV in high-traffic areas.
These rugs will catch a large amount of dirt and dust, and can then be shaken off outside, reducing the frequency of your sweeping or vacuuming.
Keep pets clean
Of course, pets are just as guilty as humans when it comes to tracking in mud. (Some may even be a bit more guilty.) For this reason, it’s a good idea to make sure your furry friend is clean before allowing them to go inside.
Wipe their paws on the outdoor rug by walking them back and forth a couple of times, and give their fur a quick brush to remove any leaves or twigs that may be hiding in their coat. This will ensure fewer messes are brought in via doggie.
Replace RV carpet
Carpet is by far the most difficult type of flooring to keep clean. For this reason, carpeting really shouldn’t ever be found in an RV. Still, we continue to see new RVs come out of the factory with carpet installed.
If your motorhome or trailer has carpeting inside, you may want to consider replacing it entirely. Vinyl flooring is relatively inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to install. Most importantly though, it is easy to clean, making it a clear winner in our book.
…Or invest in a good vacuum
If you do decide to hold onto that carpet, you’re going to want a good vacuum cleaner. After much research, we’ve come to the conclusion that the very best vacuum for an RV is the Dyson V8 Absolute. However, those who are looking for a budget option will find the Bissell Stick Vacuum nearly as good and for a fraction of the price.
You can read about our top 5 RV vacuum cleaners here.
Move it outside
The reason the floors become so dirty so quickly when camping is because of the walking in and out that people tend to do.
By moving everything you need outside and making a point of spending the day in the great outdoors, you can reduce the amount of mess being carried into the nice, clean indoors. Then, at the end of the day, you can enjoy heading inside to a lovely, tidy home-on-wheels.
Of course, staying on top of things can help keep the job of cleaning floors quick and easy. Therefore, it is best to sweep at least once a day. Fortunately, this is easy enough to do just before bed as part of your end-of-the-day activities.
With tips like these, you’ll never have to camp with messy floors again. Have something else to add? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below!