RV Cleaning Tips

by Hillary Marshall
Clean the upholstery of your RV with baking soda and peroxide.

Clean the upholstery of your RV with baking soda and peroxide.

Keeping your RV clean not only makes your vacation more comfortable, but it can make it safer and smoother. An RV may seem just like a home on wheels, but the surfaces inside and outside of your RV have unique cleaning requirements. Neglecting these cleaning requirements can permanently damage your RV.

Cleaning Upholstery

To clean stains from the ceiling, carpet and upholstery in your RV, mix a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Put 1/2 cup of baking soda in a small dish and mix in hydrogen peroxide by the capful until you have made a thin paste. Dab the paste onto the stain and let it sit for 2 to 3 hours. Remove the dried paste with a soft bristle brush, then vacuum the rest of the paste off with a vacuum that has a soft bristle upholstery attachment. Repeat the process if the stain is still visible.

To remove grease bunnies, dust bunnies, dirt and debris, use a vacuum with a soft bristle attachment. You can also use a tape-style lint brush. Lint rollers easily snag debris from the ceiling when you don't feel like getting out the vacuum.

Cleaning Windows, Blinds and Vents

To clean the windows, blinds and air vents in your RV, all you need is an old sock, a small paint brush and some all-purpose cleaner. Put the sock on your hand and mist it with all-purpose cleaner. Slide your sock-covered hand between each slat of the blinds to wipe them clean. Then, use the paint brush to brush between the slats in the air vent and down the track of the windows. To clean the glass on the windows, make your own glass cleaner by mixing 1/3 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup water in a 2 liter bottle. After adding the ingredients, add water until the bottle is filled. Pour some cleanser into an empty spray bottle, mist the windows and wipe clean with a paper towel.

Cleaning RV Toilet Bowls

To clean your RV toilet bowl, fill an empty spray bottle with undiluted vinegar. Pour 1/3 cup undiluted vinegar directly into the toilet. Sprinkle baking soda into the toilet bowl until the water starts foaming. Use the spray bottle of vinegar to mist the inside edges and exterior of the toilet. Wipe the exterior clean with a paper towel. Use a scrub brush to scour the toilet with the baking soda and vinegar in the bowl. Flush when you are done scrubbing.

Cleaning the Exterior

When it comes to cleaning the exterior of your RV, use a pressure washer and/or an RV cleaner. Oftentimes, spraying your RV down with a pressure washer removes dirt, debris, bugs and grime on its own without the use of an actual cleanser. You can also add 1/3 cup vinegar to a 5 gallon bucket of water and or RV cleaner. Vinegar helps clean your RV, leaving it shiny and spot free.

About the Author

Hillary Marshall has been writing professionally since 2006. Before writing instructional articles online, she worked as a copywriter and has been published in "Ideal Living" "Sass" "Science Edge" and "Shopping Cents" magazines along with countless websites including Gadling a blog by the Huffington post. Marshall studied early childhood education at the Stratford Career Institute.

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