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Sanitizing Your RV Before You Hit the Road

Sanitizing Your RV Before You Hit the Road

While things still feel a bit up in the air when it comes to the impact of the Coronavirus, we can all take comfort in one thing: This will eventually come to an end. The country will eventually “re-open,” and though things might feel different for a while, it’s pretty clear that we’re all hoping they can go back to normal as quickly as possible.

So, it’s never too early to start thinking about preparing your rig for summer. Maybe you’ve already started to get it ready, cleaned it, etc. But, this year especially, it can be important to make sure you’re sanitizing and disinfecting it - not just before you hit the road, but throughout your adventures.

Let’s go over a few tips you can use throughout the season to keep your RV disinfected and reduce your chances of getting sick.

Know the Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting

You might think that since you’ve dusted everything in your RV, swept, etc., that it’s disinfected. But, there’s a difference between cleaning things up and sanitizing them. While cleaning is important, you should follow it up by using either a disinfecting solution on all of your hard surfaces.

Things like the Coronavirus and other viruses and bacteria can live on surfaces for days. Keeping things like countertops and cupboards disinfected will help to keep everyone safe.

Don’t Ignore Soft Surfaces

It’s easy to wipe down the hard surfaces in your RV quickly, but bacteria can get on soft surfaces like drapes, furniture, and even carpet just as easily. These can be harder to disinfect since you can’t really wipe them down the same way.

There are a few products you can use to spray on fabrics that will get rid of most harmful bacteria, so don’t be afraid to do your research. If something is able to cleaned in the washing machine, make sure you use hot water as a natural sanitizer.

Use Disposable Cleaning Products

This may not be the most eco-friendly advice, but foregoing your old mop and bucket and the rags or cloths you usually use to clean can keep you safer right now. Choose disposable cleaning products like paper towel, disinfecting wipes, and single-use mops (like Swiffer cloths) to keep things clean.

If you do want to be a bit more environmentally-conscious, choose cleaning products that are eco-friendly or make sure to sanitize your mop head, rags, etc., after each use. Otherwise, they can be a breeding ground for germs.

You certainly don’t have to live in fear all summer long of catching this virus or any other illness that might be lurking out there. But, if the Coronavirus has done one positive thing, it’s made us all look a bit closer at the way we clean things, and extra steps that we might need to take.

So, keep everyone on board your RV safe by taking a few extra minutes after cleaning to sanitize as much as possible. It’s a great habit to get into that you should be doing regularly, not just when the threat of a virus is lingering. 

Apr 20th 2020 Stacey Koziel

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