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Important Tips for Caravan Exterior Cleaning

A good exterior cleaning not only keeps your recreational vehicle looking great, it also protects it.

Before removing the garden hose, check that you have plenty of room to move around your trailer. Once you are satisfied with its general position, tilt it at a slight angle and secure the corner so that the water can flow through the roof. Ideally, it's best to start at the top and work your way down. Pay particular attention to the roof, which collects most of your wandering trash and where moss and mold tend to grow. We do not recommend walking on the roof of your vehicle, instead use a ladder and clean it gradually.

First, it needs to be washed with water to remove soft dirt, leaves, sand and algae. Avoid using a pressure washer because

they can be strong enough to damage window seals.

Using a specialist cleaner, start cleaning the caravan gradually. Once you've completed each section, rinse with water and move on to the next (it's important not to let the cleaner dry).

Sunlight and exposure to the elements can damage your paint, causing it to look dull and dull. In this case, you can polish the exterior with a good polish. Pour a small amount of special liquid polish into an applicator and apply a thin layer of paint in overlapping circles, trying to avoid rubber seals, textured plastics/flooring. Sometimes you can buff marks or scratches by increasing the pressure. After application, it should be left for 15-20 minutes and then the polish should be polished with a cloth.

Polish creates a protective barrier on your vehicle that keeps glare in and dirt and water out. Follow a similar application procedure, but it is recommended to leave the product on for 30 minutes before polishing. A good way to see if an area has been polished is to hose a small area down - the water will form 'beads' on a polished surface.

Caravan/caravan windows can be susceptible to scratching, so using a cleaner designed for use on plastic windows and applying with a microfiber cloth is recommended.

After a bit of fiddling, your camper or motorhome will not only look great, but will be protected ready for your next adventure.

top tips

1. Avoid washing on sunny days, as the sun dries your car very quickly and leaves watermarks.

2. Only use cleaning products designed specifically for caravans or caravans.

3. Clean regularly, but deep clean once a year.

4. Invest in a telescopic soft brush for cleaning and a knife for removing rinse water.

5. Use open-weave cotton swabs as the gaps in the mesh capture small particles (the fluff on old t-shirt material can be abrasive).

6. Avoid washing peeling or flowing graphics.

7. Choose the clothes you wear while cleaning appropriately, as zippers and buttons can scratch the paint.

8. Open all windows and skylights to get where the brush can't reach.


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