How To Clean A Static Caravan
GUIDE: Effortless ways to maintain the exterior of your static holiday home
Owning a static holiday home comes with the responsibility of keeping it clean, enhancing your enjoyment of a pristine living space. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned owner, mastering the art of cleaning can save you money on professional services and contribute to the longevity of your investment. A well-maintained exterior not only improves your quality of life but also adds value when it’s time to upgrade to a newer model or sell your static holiday home.
Cleaning Caravan Roof and Awnings
Cleaning the exterior of static holiday homes professionally can be expensive, but with a few simple tools like a home pressure washer and automotive soap, you can restore your caravan’s showroom shine at a fraction of the cost. Before attempting this task, check your manufacturer’s handbook and warranty to ensure compliance.
- Remove debris
- Apply cleaning solution
- Scrub roof with a brush
- Rinse with a hose
- Repeat until satisfied
- Dry with a damp cloth
Repeat this process for awnings, taking care to avoid any falling debris that could mark the exterior.
External Cladding and Windows
Maintaining your caravan’s cladding and windows is crucial for a polished look. Hose down the cladding with cold water to eliminate foliage, moss, and dirt. Apply a cleaning product with a sponge and rinse as you go. Dry with a flexible silicon blade to capture excess water.
For windows, use a window cleaner or warm soapy water. Dry with a glass microfiber cloth to prevent scratches and watermarks.
Consider adding an annual step to your routine by polishing and buffing the exterior to restore shine and protect against the sun’s UV rays.
Using pure water with a water fed pole, makes the whole ordeal much quicker and easier. The pure water simply rinses away leaving a streak-free finish, without the need for wiping down or drying off afterwards. This is the route for a professional and longer lasting clean finish, and can be achieved with various starter kits. The extendable pole will also make light work of the roof and hard to reach areas.
Sweep away leaves and debris from the decking before hosing it down with cold water. Stubborn stains can be treated with a decking cleaner and a soft brush. Follow the product instructions, ensuring compatibility with your decking material and paint.
Revitalizing the decking enhances the overall appearance of your caravan, especially when preparing for extended outdoor enjoyment in the spring and summer. You can also use a jet wash to help remove stubborn stains.
Additional Tips On How To Clean A Static Caravan
- Pressure Washing Caution: While it’s possible to pressure wash a static caravan, exercise caution. Use the correct attachment and maintain the recommended distance to prevent damage to the bodywork and paint. Avoid pressure washing windows, seals, or joints.
- Cleaning Frequency: The cleaning frequency depends on usage. For rental purposes, clean between guests and during longer breaks. Permanent residences should be cleaned as needed, with daily, weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, seasonal, or annual schedules for interior and exterior cleaning.
- Preparing for Sale: Though it’s possible to sell an uncleaned static, presenting it in its best condition enhances its appeal and value. A clean model is easier to sell, reducing the workload for potential buyers.
- Park Cleaning Services: Many static caravan parks offer cleaning services, providing a professional standard of cleanliness. If self-cleaning is challenging, utilizing park services can be a convenient option.
- Reducing Cleaning Effort: Maintain a tidy environment with storage boxes to minimize clutter. Consistent daily and weekly cleaning tasks prevent the need for extensive spring cleaning. Enlist the help of family and friends, and make the process enjoyable with background music or entertainment.
By following these tips, you can effortlessly maintain the exterior of your static holiday home, ensuring it remains a source of joy and comfort for years to come.