10 Deep Cleaning Tips For RVers

Spring is just around the corner, and that means a new season of RVing is almost upon us! To get ready for the upcoming travel season, there are a few things you might want to do to get your vehicle ready.

Proper wax can protect the RV from sun damage and mildew growth, plus it will prevent delamination.

Wash & wax the exterior


While you're at it, don't forget about the screens. Even if these don't look dirty, they can attract dirt and dust. Remove each screen and give it a thorough rinse.  

Clean all windows, inside and out


Remove the exterior screens and rinse/wipe them down. Replace any necessary filters, and vacuum up dust bunnies that might be clogging the vents.

Unclog the vents


Steam cleaning removes all the deep-set stains and dirt, plus it refreshes the natural color of your carpet. You probably won't even realize how dirty everything was until you're done!

Steam clean the carpets


Completely empty out all of your cabinets and storage compartments and wipe them down. This is especially important in the kitchen because food crumbs and stains can attract pests.

Empty all the cabinets


Wipe everything down and check for any areas that are stained or dirty. For instance, you should take a look at your microwave, oven, toaster, kettle, coffee maker, refrigerator, and even your garbage can!

Clean your appliances


Bedding, towels, and clothes are probably cleaned on a regular basis, but what about your curtains, rugs, and furniture covers? These can sometimes fade into the background, but they can get dirty and dusty too.

Wash RV textiles


Wipe everything down with a damp rag, and/or use a vacuum with a hose attachment to suck up dust. This is also a good time to replace light bulbs and check the batteries in your smoke detectors.  

Clean your light fixtures


Empty, clean, and sanitize your tanks every now and then. You can use a spray wand to remove solid buildup, and small amounts of bleach will clean out tanks and water lines. When you're finished, thoroughly flush out the bleach and water before refilling.  

Clean out the water tanks


Use a gentle cleaner and a stiff brush to scrub away any stains or buildup. You may need to apply a waterproof coating at the end, especially if it's a vinyl awning. Let it dry completely before rolling it back up.

Check your RV awning


Track your RV maintenance

Make sure you keep track of all your RV maintenance and repairs with an online tool such as RV LIFE Maintenance.  Not only can you keep all of your documents in one place, but you’ll also receive timely reminders when maintenance is due to help you avoid costly repairs and accidents.