RV Cleaning Tips



Here are four quick and easy tips that will help you keep your motor home looking great.

1. Bug and Tar Removal

After a road trip in your RV or motor home here is a effective way to remove those flying insects from your grille and windshield. Look in your pantry for a spray can of cooking oil. Liberally saturate those problem areas and allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Now you can wash your RV as you normally would and your problems will lift away with the rinse water. This method is also great on bird droppings. Needless to say this also works on your car or truck.

2. Remove Winter Salt Buildup

This little tip will come in handy for anyone who drives a motor home in the winter. One of the biggest problems of RVing in the winter is the salt used to de-ice the roads. It can be murder on motor homes, RVs and travel trailers if you don't take precautionary steps to remove the residue as soon as practical. Apply a of solution of baking soda and warm water to the exposed metal. Allow it to stand for a few minutes, then scrub gently with a soft sponge and rinse well. In the event of extra heavy build ups, make a paste with the baking soda and rub it on with a damp sponge. Give the paste several minutes to penetrate, then rinse.

3. WD-40 - A RV Owner's Wonder Product

For RV owners WD-40 is a "must have" product, because it has several applications beyond the obvious lubricating ones. For instance did you know that it can be used a substitute cleaner on exterior and interior vinyl. Another interesting use for WD-40 is as an alternative to commercial bug & tar remover. Remember, you will still have to clean your motor home or trailer with regular soap and water after using WD-40, but you were going to do that anyway - right!.

4. Prevent Those Ugly Black Streaks

Ugly black streaks running down the sides of their RV is a constant frustration for many motor home and travel trailer owners. The source of the problem is the roof. Accumulated dirt, bird droppings, and other residue will be carried off during light rains and heavy dew, thus causing the build up of those black streaks. Keeping your roof clean will go a long way toward eliminating the cause of the problem. Also using a quality wash & wax product on the sides of your RV or motor home will do a lot to keep the black streaks from forming. There are some commercial products out there made specially for removing blacks streaks, however, caution should be employed if you decide to use one. Many may permanently remove the gloss from the sides of your RV, particularly fiberglass ones. Read the label before using one and always test a small, out-of-the-way place first.


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