How To Make Your RV Squeaky Clean!

Keeping your RV clean will extend the life of the unit and help it hold value. Always check your manufacturer’s information for recommended cleaning products!


Want to keep your RV looking brand new? Then you should clean it often! The longer dirt and residue sits on the exterior of your RV the more potential damage it can cause.  Road salt, road tar, bugs, bird droppings, tree sap, acid rain, and UV rays can cause corrosion, staining, and chemical spotting. Waxing your RV will also help protect the exterior.

When washing your RV, spray it with water to remove the dust. Then use clean water and a mitt or sponge and begin washing from top to bottom with a mild car washing soap. Rise thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth.

man cleaning his RV

Always keep the pressure washer about 16 inches or more away from the RV, and use caution around doors, windows, appliance vents, and more. You should Wax your RV at least once or twice a year. Apply a small amount of wax to a soft cloth and rub it gently onto the exterior of your RV.  Don’t wax in direct sunlight and on a cool surface.

women cleaning roof of her rv


Start with your furniture. For all vinyl furniture water based cleaners are best, but never use solvents. Blot, don’t rub, to avoid over saturating the area.

Use a mild dish soap and water to clean hardware, sink and shower fixtures.

Use a mop to wash tile, wood or laminate floors.

Avoid harsh chemicals or sprays and for hard water spots, use a mild solution of water and vinegar. Use a warm cloth and soapy water for cabinetry, tables and countertops. Vacuum carpet regularly to avoid stains, and sweep vinyl flooring.  Do not use cleaners that contain oil based solvents as it could lead to yellowing linoleum.

Make Your RV Smell Amazing

The most common reason for a musky smelling RV is dampness. A dehumidifier will help reduce mildew and keep your RV smelling great!

It is recommended to air out your RV as much as you can while the weather is nice. Opening windows and vents and getting fresh air into your RV will clear out any unwanted smells.

Vacuum carpets or use a steam cleaner to clean them. You can even sprinkle baking soda onto your carpet and let it sit overnight before vacuuming to help dry out a dirty carpet.

Keep as little trash inside your RV as possible. You can use air fresheners or diffusers to combat bad smells. Air fresheners can be sprayed onto fabric as well as into the air. Diffusing essential oils is a great way to make your RV smell amazing, but you should pair it with a dehumidifier to keep moisture levels in your RV at a minimum.

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