Gone Outdoors

How to Clean Pop-Up Campers

by Brett DeAugustine

Pop-up campers are a cost-effective way to break into the world of camping with a travel trailer. However, unlike hard-sided campers, pop-ups need a little extra tender loving care to ensure years of use. A little hard work up front will pay off in the long run with a lasting home away from home for years to come.

How to Clean a Pop-up Camper

1. Set up the camper prior to cleaning. Use the directions in the owner's manual to extend the sides and roof.

2. Remove all non-permanent objects such as equipment, linens, clothes, cushions, and especially food.

3. Use soap and water, anti-bacterial wipes, or a cleaning spray to sanitize all hard surfaces. Open the cabinets to ensure no food remnants remain in hard-to-reach places. Clean the surface of the bed racks.

4. Use a fabric safe cleanser and a mold/mildew remover to clean stains from the canvas or plastic windows. Scrub with a soft bristle brush or sponge if necessary.

5. Sweep the interior of dust and dirt.

6. Clean the cushions, linens, etc. according to the instructions on their respective tags prior to replacing them.

7. Place the four fabric softener sheets inside to help eliminate the stale smell caused by periods of inactivity.

8. Wash the exterior of the hard shell of the camper similar to the way a car is washed using car soap and water. Clean the exterior of the canvas in the same manner as the interior.

9. Allow the interior and exterior to dry (approximately two days) before breaking down the camper for storage. Follow the instructions in the owner's manual.

Items you will need
  • Pop-up camper
  • Soap
  • Bucket of water
  • Sponge
  • Hose
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Scrub brush
  • Broom
  • Canvas waterproofing spray
  • Mildew spray
  • Four fabric softener sheets

About the Author

Brett DeAugustine published his first works in 2009. His articles appear on eHow and Answerbag. He has 10 years of experience in law enforcement and holds a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Grand Valley State University.

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