RV Interior Cleaning


The bad news about living in an RV, even if temporarily, is that the small living quarters are easily soiled from daily activities. The good news is that because RVs are small, cleaning accumulated dirt and grime will take just minutes. Prevention of dirt accumulation through the use of door mats, removing shoes before entering, and practicing tidy habits will go a long way toward keeping your RV interior clean and your sanity intact.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle
  • All purpose, biodegradable household cleanser
  • Cleaning towels
  • Sponge-tipped paintbrush
  • Old toothbrush
  • Vacuum

Preparing to Clean

  • Pour an environmentally friendly cleanser that won't harm septic systems or the environment, into a spray bottle. You can purchase a biodegradable cleanser or make one using 75 percent water and 25 percent white vinegar. Although you may need a stronger grease-cutting solution for extremely dirty surfaces, this simple solution works fine for most jobs.

  • Gather simple cleaning tools. An old toothbrush can be used to carefully clean screens and corners. A small hand-held vacuum is usually enough to clean a small RV's interior carpets. Use reusable cloths for dirty surfaces, and disposable disinfectant wipes to clean inside the bathroom.

  • Allow at least 20 minutes for thoroughly cleaning the RVs interior if you have been practicing clean habits. For extremely dirty RVs, cleaning may take at least an hour.

Work Your Way Down

  • Begin a thorough cleaning by removing your ceiling vent screens. Hold fans over the kitchen sink, and scrape dirt off with the old toothbrush. Then, spray cleanser onto the fan blades and wipe with a clean towel.

  • Vacuum window screens with a brush attachment, using care to pick up dirt in the window sills. Wipe screens with a clean towel dampened with your cleanser.

  • Spray vinegar and water solution onto windows and wipe with a clean, lint-free cloth. This simple solution is an effective window cleanser and eliminates the need for carrying additional cleaning products.

Dust and Disinfect

  • Wipe down kitchen and living room surfaces, range hood and walls around the cooking area. Cabinet door exteriors should also be cleaned. Don't forget to reach overhead and clean the ceiling directly above the stove. If you have a carpeted ceiling, gently run a lint roller overhead to collect grease without embedding it into the ceiling.

  • Disinfect the refrigerator interior with your vinegar and water solution, using care to wipe around the door seals.

  • Vacuum floors with your hand-held vacuum. Look for stains in the carpet that may get worse over time, and scrub with a general purpose cleaner applied to a brush. Stronger cleansers may be required if stains aren't easily removed.

  • Clean the RV bathroom's toilet and then floor using disposable disinfectant wipes. These are especially handy when dry camping and water reserves are low. Apply a simple solution of baking soda and vinegar to the shower area and sink. Let sit for 10 minutes, then lightly scrub using a brush or rough cleaning towel.

  • Dust inside the bedroom, the cockpit driving area if your RV has one, and anywhere else where dirt might have collected. Dust sensitive electronic equipment with a microfiber towel.

  • Finally, relax, sit back and enjoy your RV that you just cleaned in less than half the time it would have taken you to spruce up a traditional house interior.

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