When dirt and dust from the outdoors find their way inside your RV, or spills need to be cleaned up, you want these chores to be quick, easy and effective. Here’s how to keep your RV clean inside. Do, however, follow the manufacturers guidelines for your particular RV.
A door mat at the bottom of the steps will help prevent dirt from being tracked inside. You can also keep a small rug just inside the door. It’s best not to use rubber backed mats as they may discolor certain flooring materials. You can treat a rug with Super Grip to keep it from slipping. Small carpet samples can be cut to fit entry steps to trap dirt.
A compact, portable vacuum cleaner will not require much storage space and is easy to use, although many RVs come with central vacuum systems. An expanding broom and dustpan, such as Store Mate, are handy and easy to store. You can also use a small whisk broom.
Wood floors shoudn’t be wet mopped. They should be kept clean by sweeping or dust mopping them frequently. You can clean them weekly with Easy Clean, a mild cleaner. Vinyl floor covering can be washed regularly with a no-rinse floor cleaner. No soap based detergents or abrasive cleaners should be used. Wipe up spills as soon as possible with a clean, damp, soft cloth.
Carpets are usually treated with stain and fire resistant properties. Besides vacuuming the carpet weekly, you should give it a steam cleaning or shampoo every year. After the steam cleaning or shampoo, you can treat the carpet with a stain protector like 303 Fabric Guard.
Don’t use bleach or abrasive cleaners in your RV’s bathrooms. These products can damage and degrade the surfaces. You can use mild soaps or products made for RVs. RV Power is a multi-purpose citrus cleaner that cleans dirt and grease. Mold Blaster is safe to use on fabrics and hard surfaces. Valterra Toilet Bowl Cleaner is safe to use on porcelain, plastic, steel, tile, vinyl and fiberglass. You can store a squeegee in your shower (hang it on a suction hook) and quickly swipe wet shower doors, walls and floors. If you have a shower curtain, you can remove and wash it according to the instructions. Accordion shower doors can be cleaned with baking soda and vinegar or a multi-purpose RV cleaner. Plexiglas shower doors should be washed with a mild soap and warm water and wiped dry with a soft cloth.
Clean the filter element in the range hood of your stove to remove built-up grease. Remove it and swish it around in warm, soapy water. Scrubbing is not recommended as it could damage the screen. Rinse it and dry the filter before replacing it. Clean the stove top frequently with a multi-purpose RV cleaner or mild soap. Remove the stove top plate when necessary and wipe out any crumbs or spills. Clean your sink, counter tops and oven with soapy water or mild cleaner. Never use steel wool. Use a soft, damp cloth or a lambs wool mitt, which is safe for all surfaces in your RV. You can protect counter tops with a cleaner/protectant such as Protect All monthly or as needed.
Wipe veneer cabinets with a damp cloth to remove dust and fingerprints. If the veneer is wood, you can spray Murphy’s Oil Soap and wipe it off with a soft cloth.
Solid wood doors and cabinets can be maintained with a cleaner/polish such as Wood Doctor. Spray it on a clean soft cloth and wipe the wood surface going with the grain. Remove the product by wiping with the grain with a soft clean cloth.
Vinyl wrap, used as a facing material on some cabinets, should be cleaned with a quality furniture polish like Pledge or Old English.
Some fabrics contain fire and stain retardant and light fastness additives which can be damaged if improper cleaning products are used. Some water based cleaning products are not made for use on fabrics and may cause shrinkage or fading. Test any product on a hidden area before using on fabric. Interior fabrics should be vacuumed weekly when the RV is in use and before and after storage. Any stains should be cleaned as soon as possible. For best results, your owner’s manual or a professional upholstery cleaner should be consulted.
Vinyl fabrics should be cleaned with a soft damp cloth and mild detergent only. Do not use solvents as they may damage the surface of the vinyl.
If your RV has Ultra Leather, clean it regularly with soap and water. Wipe up spills as soon as they occur. Lift most stains with an alcohol-based cleaner like Fantastik.
All removable fabrics such as pillow shams, bedspreads, curtains and pillows should be professionally dry cleaned only. Washing them can cause them to shrink and lose their stain and fire resistant properties.