Deep Cleaning Your Static Caravan
Now is a good time to think about deep cleaning your static caravan, especially if it’s been heavily used over the summer. If you let out your static caravan to guests, a regular deep clean will help to reassure people that it is safe to stay in your accommodation.
Some parks offer a cleaning service and there are specialist cleaning companies who will do the job for you at a price.
Here are some tips that may be useful if you are preparing to deep clean your static caravan yourself.
Equip yourself with the right tools:
- A long-handled, stiff brush
- An appropriate step ladder for reaching the guttering
- A clean bucket
- A sponge
- Microfibre cloth
- A mild ‘caravan shampoo’ such as Fenwick’s caravan cleaner
- Window cleaning solution
- Oxygenated bleach for decking and pathways
- Bin bags
- Laundry bags
- Protective gloves
Deep cleaning your static caravan – interior
- Make an itemised check list.
Once you start it is good to have a checklist to work from so you don’t overlook anything and do things in a sensible order.
- Empty and clear all cupboards, shelves, drawers, cookers, fridges and freezers.
- Remove all linen and removable covers and cushions in bags to be laundered or dry cleaned.
- Wash or wipe with disinfectant wipes the contents such as ornaments and kitchen ware that you intend to put back.
- Declutter and throw out unwanted stuff that may have accumulated.
- Clean the floor and interior surfaces with a vacuum and then a mop and bleach and water solution.
- Pay special attention to areas that are touched a lot such as light switches, remote controls and handsets, handles and grab rails, etc.
- Empty and flush all water systems, paying particular attention to anything that may have standing water as this can represent a bacterial infection risk.
- Finally, clean the inside of the windows with window cleaning fluid.
Deep cleaning your static caravan – exterior
- Clear all the guttering of any leaves or debris that has built up since the last time you cleaned them. It is a good time to check the gutters are clipped on securely and repair any that need it.
- Once the guttering is clear, run a hose across the roof and into the guttering to make sure the downpipes are also clear and the guttering is working properly.
- Before cleaning the sides of your static caravan, inspect the seals corners and joins to make sure nothing is loose or broken.
- Run a hose pipe along the sides of your static caravan to remove any loose debris and leaves. Avoid spraying water directly into any air vents or extraction vents. Do not use a high pressure setting as this can damage the cladding.
- Make a solution of caravan shampoo and water following the shampoo manufacturer’s guidelines.
- Using the long-handled brush dipped into this solution, gently work from top to bottom cleaning the sides and windows. Regularly replenish the cleaning solution. Carefully work around all the vents. Rinse with the hose when finished.
- Apply the finishing touch by wiping down with a dry microfibre cloth and clean the windows with the window cleaner. Stubborn marks should go with the microfibre cloth. A more concentrated shampoo solution may also help on these marks.
- Sweep and hose down your decking and handrails if you have any.
- Make a solution of oxygenated bleach and water following the bleach manufacturer’s instructions and brush vigorously paying special attention to seams and joins where moss and algae can build up. Oxygenated bleach is recommended because it is kinder to the environment as it flushes away into the ground around your static caravan.
- Rinse once more to flush away any dirt you have loosened and wipe down the rails and posts with a microfibre cloth.
- Follow the same process for any concrete or stone paths around your static caravan.
- If you have a hot tub, flush this through following your hot tub manufacturer’s guidelines.
Hopefully, these tips on deep cleaning your static caravan will help to make it as well- presented and clean as possible, ready for you and your guests to relax and enjoy.
This is a marketing article from My Holiday Home Insurance, a specialist provider of insurance for holiday homes, leisure homes, holiday lodges and static caravans. Our team of experienced advisers are always happy to help, so for more information call our Northampton office on freephone 0800 988 0890.