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Cleaning Your RV Exterior



Cleaning your RV exterior is a big task, and it’s an important one. Dirt that lingers on your RV can lead to scratches and can make its way into areas like slide out seals. Keeping it waxed is a good way to protect it from sun damage and keep your investment looking great! Here are some great tips to help get the job done!





Bugs!


As an RV travels down the road, the front of it collects bugs along the way just like the front of a car does. To get these splattered-on bugs off, scrub them with a wet dryer sheet! It’s non-abrasive, so it won’t scratch the surface of your RV, and it will take the bugs right off!





Black Streaks


Those awful black streaks!!! You’ve tried everything to remove them and nothing works! RV cleaners, tire cleaners, DIY cleaners, dish soap, etc. Will nothing remove these unsightly marks? Alas, we've found a cleaner that removes them, and you don't have to go any further than your local dollar store to find it. LA’s Totally Awesome cleaner removes RV black streaks! Follow the mixing instructions on the bottle, or use it full strength if the streaks are really bad. Apply it with a scrub brush and voila! Black streaks are no more! You’ll be amazed at how well this $1 cleaner will remove these marks!





Cleaning the Roof


Why is it important to clean the roof of your RV? No one sees it! Who cares!!! You should care! If you don't regularly clean the roof, mold can grow up there. Sap and bird droppings will linger and bake in the sun. Washing your roof also gives you the opportunity to get up there and inspect it for any cracks or tears in it.

The first thing you need to know before you get started is what type of roof you have--rubber or fiberglass. Most RV roofs are rubber, but you want to check before purchasing your cleaner since the wrong cleaner can cause some serious problems.

If you have a fiberglass roof, you can use the same cleaner you use on the side of the RV. Once you’re done cleaning it, put a coat of wax over it. This wax will help things slide off it and make the next cleaning job a little easier.

For a rubber roof, ensure that your cleaner is not abrasive and doesn’t contain any citrus or petroleum solvents. These can damage the rubber and cause cracking, bubbling, and tears.

Use a medium scrub brush and a mild detergent when washing a rubber roof. Dawn dish soap or Murphy’s Oil soap are recommended for rubber roofs. These cleaners are not abrasive but are powerful enough to cut through the dirt.





Cleaning Slide Out Seals


Maintaining your slide seals is a very important part of owning an RV. These seals help to keep water and bugs out while keeping air conditioning or heat in. Every time you wash your RV, clean the seals as well. The seals can be washed with mild soap and water or seal cleaners. No matter which way you decide to go, be sure to use a seal conditioner when you’re done so that you can keep the seals like new. You don’t want them to dry out and start to crack, as they will no longer be able to do their jobs.

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