While living in an RV, even if just for a long road trip once a year, it’s easy to forget some important tasks that come with maintaining a comfortable and healthy living environment. The thrill of being on the road and seeing new sights can overshadow tedious cleaning tasks, but it’s vital to make sure your RV isn’t harboring unwanted mold or bacteria. After all, you don’t want to get sick while you’re trying to enjoy your vacation.
A regular deep cleaning of your RV’s living space is an essential part of RV ownership. Bacteria and mold can spread quickly in a small enclosed space like an RV. To avoid illness and an increase in allergens it’s imperative to get your RV cleaned on a regular basis. A good rule of thumb is to get a professional deep cleaning every time you get your state inspection completed, or once a year if your state doesn’t require annual inspection.
Here are some tips for maintaining a healthy RV:
- Have a dedicated cabinet for cleaning supplies and keep all of the basics on hand for easy access
- Make sure to check all the nooks and crannies at least once a year to make sure there aren’t pests making a home out of your storage areas
- Hire cleaning professionals, like the team at Massey’s Chem-Dry, to do a deep clean of carpet, upholstery, and leather throughout your RV
- Don’t forget to take out any trash or leftover food after a trip
- Make sure all windows are tightly closed and latched if your RV will be parked for any length of time
While these all seem like fairly obvious tips, you would be surprised at how many new RV enthusiasts don’t think about this kind of thing. With all of the excitement and possibilities that an RV offers, it’s easy to see why cleaning could be the last thing on your mind.
A basic cleaning kit is always a good idea to keep around your RV. Our suggestions for essential cleaning supplies consist of:
- A roll of paper towels
- Bleach solution
- Extra sponges and dish soap
- Handheld vacuum cleaner
With a little bit of effort you can make sure that your RV is a healthy place for you and your family to go camping, road tripping, and sightseeing in. Use these suggestions to keep from having to deal with illness on the road. You’ll be glad you did!