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Spring Cleaning Tips for Your RV

BrushIt’s time to grab your favorite cleaning products and give your RV a good spring cleaning. While you’re at it, throw open the windows to bring in plenty of fresh air. Here are some tips for tackling the job:

1. Clean the inside of your RV from top to bottom. If you start with the ceiling, you can clean up any dirt or dust that gets dislodged as you make your way down. Begin with the ceiling fans and clean the screens and blades with warm, soapy water. Then wipe down the ceiling using microfiber cloths and your favorite all-purpose cleaner. Next, tackle the walls, including your windows, window sills and screens, and wash your curtains and wipe down your blinds. As the last step, wash, mop or vacuum your floors, taking care to get into the corners and all those little crevices.

2. Defrost your freezer and clean your fridge. As small as they are, RV fridges and freezers still need purging, cleaning and reorganizing. This is a good time to empty them out (who knows what you’ll find?) and give them a thorough going over with warm soapy water or disinfecting wipes. Tossing out what you don’t need and reorganizing the rest can be pretty satisfying.

3. Tackle those cabinets. Just like with your fridge, this is a good time to empty your cabinets, wipe down the insides and reorganize their contents. While you’re at it, take an inventory of what you have and make a list of what you need to get. Spring cleaning also gives you a great excuse to get some new clear plastic storage containers to make it easier to see what you have on hand.

4. Clean your stove and oven. You might need a little extra elbow grease for this task. SpongeUse an all-purpose cleaner on the stove and oven (or a degreaser, if necessary) and make a paste of baking soda and water for areas where the stains are baked on.  And don’t forget the knobs and oven racks – give them a good soaking in warm, soapy water.

5. Wash (and maybe wax) the outside. For this tip, we’re going to tell you what not to do because the protective gel coat that comes on your RV needs a little extra TLC. First of all, don’t use dish soap because it can leave a film that can damage the finish of your RV. Use baby shampoo instead, and add a little white vinegar to your wash water to minimize water spots. Also, since microfiber cloths and brushes might scratch the finish, use a soft cotton cloth or lambswool pad or mitt, instead. Finally, if your RV is a bit older and has lost that fresh-from-the-factory shine, add a coat of floor wax to polish it up and you’ll be ready to hit the road again.

 

 

 

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