Who doesn’t love a pristine caravan? If you’re currently wanting to give your caravan’s exterior a scrub, then we’re sure you’ll be pleased to hear that it’s relatively easy to do – so long as you aren’t afraid of a little elbow grease!
To clean your caravan with the best results, we recommend doing so on a dry day when no rain has been forecast. Depending on the size of your caravan, you might wish to take a mop and sponge, although we recommend using a hose so that you can really give your caravan a good clean and get to hard to reach spots.
To begin, take your hose and power wash your caravan’s exterior, making sure that you’re cleaning the entirety of your caravan’s exterior, including the top (so you might need a ladder!).
Once you have power washed your caravan, you should then take a bucket filled with water and a cleaning solution. With a mop or sponge, inspect your caravan and clean away any stubborn stains that haven’t been lifted from the hose with the water/cleaning solution mixture.
For the best results and to prevent any stains, make sure that you wipe the sponge in a top to bottom direction, as this will help to ensure that the caravan’s surface dries evenly.
We also recommend that you avoid using any washing-up liquid or dish detergent to clean your caravan with (even though it might be tempting) because this can lead to corrosion and damage to the paint.
We also recommend that you take the time to clean all of your caravan’s tires, as this will give your caravan a uniform and neat appearance that will look as though you have paid a professional to do the job for you!
How Do I Get Water Stains Off My Caravan?
Sometimes, water stains in your caravan can be hard to avoid. Whether caused by condensation or a leak, it’s important to make sure that you’re aware of how to properly get rid of any water stains – whether that be on your caravan ceiling or across the curtains.
As we’ve already mentioned above, condensation and leaks are the main causes of water stains in a caravan, so the best way to get rid of them is to make sure that you’ve got the root of the issue and fixed it, as this will help to prevent water stains from appearing in the first place.
Needless to say, if you are currently stuck with some unsightly watermarks, then the good news is that they’re usually simple to remove – so long as you know-how!
If you’ve got water stains in the fabric of your caravan’s ceiling or curtains, then we recommend using a gentle stain remover that has been designed to be used on fabrics, such as the Star Brite Heavy Duty Stain Cleaner.
You could also use distilled vinegar and water, although you’ll need to make sure that you’re using white vinegar, otherwise, the vinegar might stain the fabric you’re trying to clean the water stains from.
Alternatively, some caravan owners also recommend using diluted bleach in a spray bottle, although we don’t recommend using this if you’re not confident that you won’t damage the fabric or laminate.
As a side note, regardless of which method you opt to go down to remove your caravan’s water stains, it’s important to remember that, if you are planning on cleaning your caravan’s ceilings, then you will need to be very careful to not use too much cleaning products on it, as the wood underneath the fabric surface may become water damaged, which will lead to a hefty replacement cost.
How Do I Keep Mold Off My Caravan Awning?
No matter how much you may try to keep your caravan’s awning clean and in tip-top condition, sometimes dirt and grime can be inevitable – especially given the fact that the awning gets exposed to a variety of elements, including the rain!
If too much moisture is able to build upon the surface of your caravan’s awning, then there’s a chance that mold and mildew can begin to grow, so it’s important to try and stop it in its tracks before it gets given enough time to become out of control.
In order to keep mold off your caravan awning, prevention is always better than correction, so we recommend making sure that you are making sure to wipe down your awning after a rain shower.
In addition to that, you should also make sure that you are regularly cleaning your awning while it is in use, and giving it plenty of time to air after your trip is over before putting it into storage, as any residing moisture can lead to mold growth.
Nevertheless, if you have noticed that mold has begun to grow on your caravan’s awning, then one of the best ways you can effectively remove it is to use a mixture of white vinegar and water.
For the best results, we recommend that you put it into a spray bottle so that you can reach every part of the awning, and then evenly distribute the mixture across all the areas of the awning that is affected.
Once you have sprayed the awning, take a brush and begin scrubbing the mold in a circular motion, as this will help to lift the mold away from the surface of the awning. Then, take an anti-mold wipe to help lift away any remaining mold.
While doing this, we recommend that you wear a pair of gloves, goggles, and a mask to keep you protected from any airborne mold spores.