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Keeping Your RV Clean And Sanitized

December 5, 2022

As cold and flu season run rampant, it’s important to keep your RV clean to help dissuade germs and bacteria from spreading throughout your home on wheels. When it comes to keeping germs out of a small space, such as your RV, it’s better to be overly conscious about cleaning habits. So in the midst of winter where cold and flu season is at its peak, you need to have an understanding of how to clean and sanitize in your RV, as well as why it’s important.

Clean vs. Sanitized

Many people make the mistake of thinking that if your living space is clean, then it’s also been sanitized. However, think of cleaning as “tidying up”. Picking up clothes, toys and used dishes might make your space clean, but it certainly doesn’t remove any bacteria from the surfaces in your home.

Sanitizing comes after cleaning and involves killing bacteria and germs that would otherwise be left to make their home in your living space.

Traveling Exposes You (And Your RV) To More Germs

When traveling in your RV, you are exposed to infinitely more germs and bacteria than you are when in your own home. Whether you’re constantly stopping at places of interest, checking out new restaurants, or hitting up your bucket-list full of activities, you are likely crowding around and sharing space with hundreds more people than you otherwise would. Here are a few of the most likely germ-spreading culprits you may encounter while traveling in your RV:

  • Bathhouses at campgrounds
  • Campground amenities
  • Gas stations
  • Rest areas
  • ATMs

You don’t need to shake hands or hug for germs to transfer from strangers to you. Sitting on a bus seat, getting a lift in a ride-sharing vehicle and even just opening doors to go into a gas station all expose you to thousands of germs your body isn’t used to. It might seem like you’re under attack from all directions, even though you’re on an adventure to get away from people. Thankfully there are some sanitizing tactics you can use to keep your living space as germ-free as possible!

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Sanitizing Soft And Hard Surfaces

To mitigate the danger of these germy invaders, it’s important to sanitize both soft and hard surfaces in your RV’s living area. Sanitizing hard surfaces can be as simple as using disinfecting wipes or disinfectant spray and a clean cloth to wipe any hard surfaces. To sanitize soft surfaces such as upholstery, carpet, or fabric, look for products that are multi-surface disinfectants.

Disinfecting soft and hard surfaces in your RV regularly will help keep germs at a minimum while you travel. If you want an added layer of protection, it’s a good idea to use a carpet or upholstery cleaner regularly as well. Wash on the warmest setting available your bedding, curtains and any other fabric that can be removed safely from your RV to sanitize the material and rid any germ buildup.

Sanitize Screens And Electronics

Electronic surfaces such as phones, laptops and tablets are breeding grounds for germ and bacterial buildup. Your hands are one of the main transporters of germs and by frequently touching your devices you are spreading germs from other surfaces you have touched. Sanitizing your devices regularly is the best way to prevent the spread of germs throughout your RV.

To clean your RV’s screens and any electronics that are either built into your camper or that you bring along when you travel, it’s best to keep ammonia-free disinfectant wipes on hand as well as microfiber cleaning cloths. Gently wipe your electronics in an S shaped motion until you have covered the surface of the screen and any surfaces you tap frequently.

RV Services In The Fort Worth Area

As cold and flu season run rampant, it’s important to keep your RV clean to keep your family safe as you travel. Sometimes a clean environment isn’t enough though. If your RV roof is due for a sealant replacement or a blown tire repair, check out Elite RV Roof and Collision. Our expert team will professionally restore your RV back to good as new in no time. Call us today at 682-802-9619 or visit us online at elitervpros.com to schedule an appointment.

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