Pop up campers (Jayco, Forest River, Livin Lite, Coachmen, Aliner, etc) are without doubt a cost effective way to break into the world of a tent trailer and camping. However, unlike hardsided campers, pop ups tend to require some tender loving care so as to ensure they last longer and remain in tip top condition. Here are some vital and valuable pop up camper cleaning tips worth taking into consideration so as to ensure the longevity of the camper, this include but are not limited to the following:
Some General Pop Up Camper Cleaning Tips
For the best results ensure that the camper is well set up prior to cleaning. Make a point of going through the owner’s manual and follow the provided instructions so as to fully extend the sides and the roof. Once it’s been fully set up, remove all objects that are not permanent such as cushions, linen, clothes and food as well.
For hard surfaces, make sure you use water and soap as well as anti-bacterial wipes or even some cleaning spray to sanitize the surfaces. Make sure you open all the cabinets and ensure that there are no food remnants hidden in those difficult to reach areas. Make sure you also clean the surface of the bed racks.
To clean the roof, you can use ivory soap and water or Windex, whichever cleaner you choose, it is important to apply the cleaner according to manufacturer’s suggestion and then apply the cleaner you are using to a soft and clean cloth rather than applying it directly to the roof.
For fabric seat cushions which don’t have a removable cover, get a spray bottle, then add at least one teaspoon dishwashing liquid, one teaspoon borax and one quart of warm water. You should then spray both sides of the cushions with a small amount of the prepared mixture. Scrub lightly using a soft bristled brush and let it sits on the cushions for twenty minutes. Once the twenty minutes are up, use some clean water and a rag and wipe the cushions then let them air dry. Depending on the weather conditions, this may take a day or two. Don’t return the cushion back into the camper before they dry out.
To clean mold, it is important to first open up the camper and allow it to dry in direct sunlight for one or two days. This should be done during sunny days for best results. Leaving it to dry will not only dry the mold that’s already there but will also kill any active mold spores. Once the canvas is completely dry, take a stiff brush or broom and then brush the canvas so as to remove the dried mold. You should then vacuum the canvas when you are through, making sure you get all the creases so as to ensure that any active spores are not left behind.
It is also worth mentioning that poor road and other weather conditions can negatively affect the camper seals. It is important to apply some waterproofing product on the canvas once the canvas has completely dried up so as to ensure that no water seeps through the canvas. It is also recommended that you seal all the seams using an appropriate seam sealer to the seams.
If there are stains then you need to pay close attention and make an attempt to remove the stains immediately. You can spot wash the fabric by briskly sponging with a solution of lukewarm water and some natural soap. Rinse the canvas thoroughly with lots of clean water then air dries the canvas. In case it is a stubborn stain, one can use a commercial stain remover or alternatively use fifty percent (50%) solution of bleach and water. Don’t use 100% bleach on the canvas because it can easily damage the canvas material. Light routine cleaning such as mildly brushing off the canvas is highly recommended because it does greatly extend the life of the fabric.
To clean your table tops, vinyl windows, ABS panels and\or vinyl floor covering, it is recommended that you use some warm water and mild soap and a clean cloth. Make sure you dry the surfaces completely using a clean and soft piece of cloth. Desist from using harsh detergents or bleach to clean the above mentioned surfaces because they can easily damage the surface of these items of products.