When purchasing a used vehicle, especially an RV camper, most likely you will come across unpleasant odors and unsightly stains in the cabin. Probably you are wondering, why so. The answer is rather simple though: a large percentage of camper owners smoke tobacco, despite the fact that it burns holes not only in their lungs, but also wallets. Nevertheless, there is one more issue you should oversee… It’s dogs! They love ruining interior parts, uh they love doing it!
Summer is coming and heat will only reinforce the smells in cabin. You don’t want to spend your holidays in your castle on wheels smelling the crap 24/7, right? If you are ready to do everything it takes, take a look at these 7 advices from seasoned campers.
What to do?
Get good (not just ok) cleaning products – they cost more, but will pay off. Price for these ranges from $30-35 per liter, in most cases one 1.5 bottle will do the trick quite well. Once you have got the cleaning products, prepare the tool kit – vacuum cleaner, brush, rags, paper towels and a couple of old plastic cards you are not using anymore. Be mentally prepared that the cleaning process can take a lot of time, so take a day off from other works, you’ll be exhausted at the end of the day. Think of the most appropriate place to do the cleaning – professionals suggest going out of the city and finding some decent countryside place where you won’t be disturbed. Turn off the cell phone as well.
Step 1: Ceiling and upholstery cleaning
Take out everything you can from your RV camper before starting the cleaning works. We bet the smartest first move would be to remove seats (hope you have a screwdriver with you). This will facilitate further cleaning process. If you find this part too difficult, don’t panic and simply adjust all seats as low as you possibly can. Now you can start sweeping the dust out, apply the cleaning product you have bought, for instance, “SIMONIZ” upholstery cleaner. Don’t try to clean all of the ceiling at once. Divide the space in imaginary squares and clean them one by one. Spray the cleaning agent on stains, allow it to soak in and wash it off after a couple of minutes. Generally, all of stains you will be fighting in this step are a result of smoking.
Step 2: Seat cleaning
Cleaning product depends on the seat upholstery material. Fabric and velour seats are cleaned with the same approach as the ceilings, just before you start vacuum them thoroughly to remove rubbish and hair if any. Spray the cleaning agent, for example, CarPlan Interior Valet and squeeze the dirt of with a plastic card. Process for leather seats, on contrary, is much easier and quicker. Apply leather cleaning product you have purchased, for instance, SIMONZ Ultra Leather Cleaner. Follow the instructions and clean stains off with a light move of your arm.
Step 3: Floor and rug cleaning
The easiest way to do this is with the seats out, of course. If for some reason you have not managed to get them out, it will take a bit more time and effort. First of all, it must be carefully vacuumed. To access all surfaces and slits pinched cleaner nozzle does some pure magic. Apply CarPlan Interior Valet by spraying it out. Wait until it foams and clean off with a brush. Dust and sand free floor mats can be sprayed with an odor neutralizer you can buy at any gas station and costs around $15.
Step 4: Dashboard cleaning
Wipe the dashboard with a cloth to remove dust sitting on it. If