Deep Cleaning Your Caravan
When was the last time you gave your caravan a clean, and we are talking a real clean. It’s easy to look at the outside of your caravan, and as long as you can still read the numberplate it’s all good right? Or just run a vacuum through the inside to pick up all that dirt that dropped off your boots… but when did you last take out all of those cushions, clean out the oven, or deep clean the toilet systems onboard?
With it being the start of a new year, and hygiene being the topic of every other conversation, we thought it was about time to give you some of the best tips and tricks to fully sanitise your caravan’s interior. Not only is this going to be far more hygienic, but also shave a few years off your caravan’s age by freshening up that tired looking upholstery.
Why It Is Important To Keep Your Caravan Clean
Caravans are especially prone to becoming dirty, they spend their lives on the road, with people living inside them, or kept outside in the worst of the weather (and often with limited heating). But the deep cleaning of your caravan interior is often overlooked when compared to keeping the outside looking fresh and sparkling. Obviously due to the use of a caravan on the road it is a great idea to keep the outside clean from dirt which is kicked up while it is being towed. But it is also vitally important to show the same amount of care (if not more) to the interior of the caravan. After all, this is where you and your family will be living throughout your caravan break.
It is important to note that we aren’t just taking about hoovering here, we are talking about the dirt and dust you can’t see, and more often than not, there is a lot of it! To really clean your caravan its going to take a bit of time and effort, but it will be worth it. We would definitely recommend doing this if you aren’t the first owner as it can sometimes be a little shocking to find out what is hiding within your upholstery.
Deep cleaning your caravan will help reduce the amount of dust you breathe in when inside your caravan, and make it a much healthier living environment. Not to mention increasing the lifespan of your furnishings as well as reducing the potential for mould to build up through periods when the caravan isn’t being used so much.
What Is Deep Cleaning?
Deep cleaning is relatively self-explanatory, it is cleaning which goes beyond the standard maintenance cleaning you would usually complete. It involves the use of more specific cleaning chemicals which have been specially designed for an intended use. For example, this could be an upholstery cleaner with the appropriate upholstery cleaning equipment, such as brushes and sponges. Using the correct equipment is vital for completing a thorough, and deep clean of your caravan.
Of course, you will usually find the equipment needed for a deep clean are usually more expensive than your standard everyday cleaner, however this type of cleaning should be viewed as a one off, so once it is complete you will not have to do it again for some time (if regular ‘standard’ cleaning takes place). Quality does matter when purchasing deep cleaning products. You will find the higher quality cleaners will not only make for a more effective caravan cleaner, but will also usually provide some level of protection when it comes to keeping the dirt out of your caravan in the future.
How Do I Deep Clean?
There is no hiding it, deep cleaning your caravan isn’t the easiest of jobs. But some comfort should come from the fact that if it is done right, it doesn’t need to be done regularly. So how do you do it right?
Firstly, by far the most effective way to deep clean your caravan is to have a plan. A methodical approach to cleaning will not only take less time, but also ensure you have covered the entire caravan. Using systematic cleaning will also allow you to clean in stages more effectively. It doesn’t all need to be done in one go, so breaking it down into sections will mean you can stop and start cleaning as and when you please. It should be noted that for the most effective cleaning, try to cover the whole caravan over the space of a few days rather than weeks as this stops the dust and dirt from the unclean area getting over the cleaned parts of the caravan.
In larger caravans we would suggest separating the cleaning by rooms, i.e. bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom etc. If you have a smaller caravan this may not be necessary, therefore you can section your caravan from front to back and work your way from one end to the other. When working on a section or a room it’s a great idea to start towards the top (head lining can contain a lot of dust which should be cleaned to prevent it dropping over the rest of your caravan interior), then work your way down. Try to clean all the softer surfaces first, including cushions and upholstery, then work towards the harder surfaces including window sills and worktops. Finally end by giving the windows a clean so they are sparkling and bright.
Tough Marks Or Stains
It is a great idea to give your caravan a check over before starting, this allows you to identify if there are any areas that are particularly dirty in your caravan. This could be a stain or a mark that has worked its way into a material. To give you the best chance of removing these marks, try applying some cleaner directly to them before you start your cleaning to allow it to soak in. This way, when you get to the mark, you should find it far easier to remove. Just make sure you don’t leave the cleaner on for too long as this could also cause damage to the material, always read the label.
Water & Plumbing Systems
Deep cleaning should go beyond cleaning just the visible parts of your caravan, so should also include the plumbing of your caravan. Water systems are especially prone to the build up of germs and types of mould. Keeping them clean is essential for a healthy living environment. Luckily it is a rather straightforward process, with specialised chemicals doing an excellent job of keeping the systems free from dirt and germs. It is important you use the correct chemicals for both the clean water and the waste water of your caravan. For more information on the best cleaning chemicals to use, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Autoleisure.