How to clean your caravan

Last updated by on July 21st, 2020

While every caravan owner gets excited about the new season starting, there’s one downside – the unavoidable big clean that can last a whole day.

Getting your pride and joy back up to par is no mean feat which is why we’ve written this guide; to help get your caravan sparkling in no time so you can focus on the fun stuff.

First things first, caravans are pretty big so it’s no surprise that there’s a fair bit of equipment you’ll need to have to hand before you start.

What you’ll need:

• Ladder – choose one that’s multifunctional or has a platform/scaffold plate for hard to reach areas

• Hose – or if you don’t have access to one, plenty of buckets of warm water

• Sponge/brush

• Long handled mop/scrubbing brush – if you can get hold of an extendable one then even better (saves buying a separate brush for the parts you can reach!)

• Microfibre cloths – get a few in varying sizes, they’re great for both drying and achieving smear free windows

• Caravan shampoo & window cleaner – we’ve found Fenwicks to be the best caravan cleaner but any specialist brand will do

• Finishing wax

• Tooth brush (or any small brush)

Getting started

1. Rinse the caravan down with a hose or warm water to loosen any dirt.

2. Start at the top and work your way down. This way you’ll avoid dirt dripping onto areas that have already been cleaned.

Set the ladder up in a stable position and use the long handled brush and caravan cleaner to tackle the roof, being careful not to unbalance yourself.

4. When all the algae and dirt have been lifted, rinse everything off.

Undo the skylights and dismantle them to clean thoroughly. Use a toothbrush for any nooks and crannies.

6. Wash the caravan’s sides using a specialist shampoo and appropriately sized brush. Rinse down when done.

7. Clean the muck off the windows and rinse down, making sure to rinse off any dirt that gets on the newly cleaned sides.

8. Dry off any water and finish with a window cleaner to get an enviable shine.

9. For the wheels, use caravan cleaner and a brush or sponge to get off most of the grime, then go back in with a toothbrush for any awkward spots.

10. Dry all surfaces with a cloth to avoid streaks and smears. When you’re done, apply a finishing wax for added shine and protection.

Top tips for cleaning your caravan

• Caravans have different bodywork and paint to cars so don’t use car shampoo – it’s too abrasive and can scratch the exterior

• Washing up liquid can also be too harsh (yes, really!) and lead to corrosion

• Check the handbook for any cleaning products the manufacturer advises against

• Be extra careful when rinsing – you don’t want to damage the seals and leak water into the caravan

• This also means you should steer clear of pressure washers or steam cleaners (unless you need to use them for stubborn marks, in which case be extra careful where you use them)

• Choose a cloudy day for cleaning – if it’s sunny then the grime might start to dry back on before you’ve finished

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