Cleaning out an RV can’t be any harder than cleaning out a
car, right? Wrong. The RV is more than just a vehicle; it’s home to a variety
of materials, needs, and even individual quirks that need special attention. To
get the best use out of your RV cleaning supplies, use this simple guide to
treating the various areas and materials of your RV.
Selecting The Right
RV Cleaning Supplies
The old saying that knowledge is power certainly holds up
here. If you don’t know what materials your RV is made from, you’re likely going
to be using the wrong RV cleaning supplies on the wrong materials. This makes
cleaning inefficient, and in some cases, using the wrong RV cleaning supplies can
even do more harm than good.
With that in mind, here are the materials you’ll be looking for
with your RV:
- RV Fiberglass:
Fiberglass is prone to scratching if you use the wrong RV cleaning supplies, so
look for a heavy duty RV
Fiberglass Cleaner that shows “Non-scratching formula” on the label. Use our
fiberglass cleaner and rinse it off with water, and you’ll be good to go. Use
general RV cleaner, however, and your results won’t be so predictable.
- RV Vinyl:
Vinyl requires both cleaning and protection, which is why we recommend VinyLIFE.
If your RV vinyl is exposed to UV rays, it runs the risk of fading over time.
Don’t simply wipe it down or wash it; make sure that your product leaves it
well-protected from the sun.
- RV Stainless
steel: Contrary to popular belief, stainless steel can stain. Streaking is
also a concern for those who want their RVs looking brand new, so use Stainless Steel
Cleaner’s non-streaking formula.
Throughout your inspection, write down all the different
types of materials you encounter. There may be even more than you see here.
Although a general RV cleaner like Suds can make quick work of
most of your RV cleaning needs, it’s always important to know what you’re
dealing with first.
Ideally, your inspection should come before you make the
purchase. You’ll want to know before
you buy RV cleaning supplies whether your RV has special needs. The more you
know about these materials, the more life you’ll get out of your RV.
Research Your RV
Cleaning Supply Needs
There’s good news here. You’ve already started figuring out
your RV’s individual quirks simply by reading through this guide and taking
action. But there may be quirks that we can’t
predict. Every RV is different, after all—especially used RVs that were
modified by previous owners.
If you’re lost on individual parts of your RV and don’t know
how to adequately maintain them or even clean them, try consulting other RV
enthusiasts, or browse through our blog for further advice. As always, take
online advice with a grain of salt—but over time, you should be able to get the
Do your best to document your RV’s individual quirks, and
there’s a good chance that you’ll recognize the RV cleaning supplies that will
best suit your needs.