The green shoots of spring have been notoriously slow to emerge this year, but finally it’s the right
moment to get back in your caravan and hit the road.
However, before you set out, you’ll need to do some extensive caravan cleaning to bring your
home-from-home up to scratch for the peak season. Blitzing the caravan of all caravan damp and
dust will help keep it in top condition for the spring and summer. Once you’ve completed the major
caravan spring clean, you can relax safe in the knowledge that you only need to do a little caravan
cleaning now and then to keep your mobile palace looking perfect.
Before you clean the interiors to get rid of any caravan damp and dust, consult the manufacturer’s
manual. This will give you a better understanding of your caravan’s design and layout – helping you
avoid inflicting any damage when pulling out furniture and applying liquid cleaners.
Hoover and clean the caravan from top to bottom, remembering to get into awkward corners,
vacuum curtains and pelmets, reach under beds and inside cupboards.
For reasons of hygiene, the kitchen and washroom areas require specialist attention. Clean work
surfaces thoroughly with a cloth, and wipe down the oven and grill. In the bathroom, clean out the
water supply and then focus on that most daunting of tasks – cleaning the toilet and shower. It’s not
exactly glamorous, but just think of the benefits once the task is done.
Be careful of the cleaning products you use as some may not suit the surfaces in question. Specialist
caravan cleaning products such as Towsure Spray and Clean are designed to work on the hard
surfaces inside caravans without damaging them.
Another specialist caravan cleaning product is the toilet spray produced by Thetford. It is specially
designed to work on plastic toilets without damaging them and produces good results.
Cloths, extendable brushes and a hose can all prove to be useful caravan cleaning equipment for the
exterior. Ensure all windows and locks are secured, as you obviously do not want to damage the
There are specific caravan cleaning products such as polish that will bring up a shine on the
fibreglass, as well as acrylic window polish that work much better to clean caravan windows than a
glass cleaner does. Fenwick’s Caravan Cleaner has been developed specially for effective cleaning
of caravans and motorhomes.
Do not neglect the roof when cleaning caravans. It’s important to get rid of bird droppings and
leaves that may have accumulated over the winter. Using a step ladder and special hose
attachments, such as an extending pole, will make cleaning a caravan’s roof much easier and safer.
A power hose used at a reasonable setting (i.e. not at full power) is perfect for removing most dirt.
Never put your whole body weight on the roof of a caravan.
Here’s a comprehensive list of things to check this spring supplied by The Caravan Club: