Usemycaravan top tips on cleaning your static caravan in 2017
Many of you will be getting ready to open your static caravan doors for the new 2017 Season this month. Usemycaravan.co.uk bring you some brilliant tips on spring cleaning your holiday home.
We all want to enjoy our holiday time in a beautifully clean holiday caravan. Not only will the spring clean get rid of any unwanted bugs and germs that might have taken refuge over the over the winter months, it will also help to keep vermin at bay and prolong the life of your caravan’s fixtures and fittings and soft furnishings
Here’s our guide to giving your caravan a good clean…
You’ll need the following:
For the inside:
– Dusters and cloths
– Bathroom and kitchen cleaner
– Anti-bacterial spray
– Window cleaner or white vinegar
– Lemon juice
– A ruler
– A pencil rubber
– Sweeping brush
For the outside:
– Bucket(s) of water
– Hose pipe
– Multi-functional or V-shaped ladder platform / scaffold plate
– Extendable or long handled brush / mop
– Caravan shampoo
– Window cleaner or white vinegar
– Chamois leather or microfibre drying cloth
– Plenty of elbow grease!
⦁ Clean and tidy one room at a time. Once you See one room cleaned and freshened up we are sure it will inspire you to complete the other rooms!
⦁ Dont forget to clean your blinds (if you have them) using a cloth attached to a ruler. It’ll easily clean those otherwise tricky to reach spots.
⦁ Get rid of limescale in your kettle by squeezing in some lemon juice and adding cold water. Leave for about half an hour and then rinse well.
⦁ Use a weak solution that consists of white vinegar and water to help clean your windows, using a micro-fibre cloth.
⦁ Any heel marks on your floor can be removed using a pencil rubber.
⦁ Make a list of any minor repairs that need doing while you’re giving the caravan a good clean. You can go back to them later or tick them off as you go along.
⦁ Carry out a damp test and check for signs of any water ingress and mould spots
⦁ Give the bathroom, kitchen areas and appliances a good clean, paying particular attention to the fridge. Use a toothbrush to get into the small nooks and crannies and anti-bacterial wipes or cleaner.
⦁ Check your guttering (if applicable) for any debris and give them a good wash out with the hosepipe.
⦁ Sweep thoroughly and wash down any decking areas and check external sheds are all in tact.
⦁ Spray a little cleaner onto the stain, leave for a minute or two, and then clean off. You can use a jet washer across the rest of the decking to lift up any debris, dirt and algae, but you must avoid using one on your caravan as this could cause damage to your seams and seals.
⦁ Thoroughly clean your door and window vents and check these and the skirting areas, removing any debris, leaves, twigs or unwanted animal nests that might have paid a visit during the winter. Remember though, many birds are fully protected and you must allow the young to leave the nest before taking any action to block the entrance holes or remove the nest. You can consult the RSPB for good advice, if this is the case.
⦁ Clean and polish the caravan all over – or get some help in from your holiday park or an experienced cleaning company. If you’re going to do it all yourself then it’s probably best to work from the top down with your ladder at the ready and some one to hold it steady thisa will give the best results.
⦁ First rinse to loosen any dirt by spraying with a hose pipe or throwing buckets of water over it.
⦁ Take extra care when tackling the roof. Set the ladder’s platform or scaffold plate at the right height so you can get to the roof and use the long handled/extendable brush to thoroughly clean the caravan sides and roof. Once you’ve brushed the shampoo in, rinse.
⦁ Wash the sides with a soft brush or using a sponge or wash mitt, and then rinse.
⦁ Clean and polish windows with two soft cloths. We recommend using a car windscreen cleaner for the outside of the caravan’s window. One to clean the glass thoroughly and the other to make the glass water repellent.
⦁ Check all trims for any splits or cracks and again, make a note of any repair work that needs doing.
Remember to make the spring clean a fun job and it’s getting you prepared for month’s of relaxation in your caravan. What about roping in a young relative to help and reward them.
Now that we have said our bit it is Over to you...
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