Spring is in the air, which means RV season is on its way. If your RV has been in storage all winter, you probably can't wait to bring it home and take your first trip. Before you embark, however, you may want to do some post-storage cleaning.
Even when you chose a clean, well-maintained storage facility, some grime does tend to accumulate when your RV is in storage. Follow these seven post-storage tips to ensure your vehicle is pristine and livable before you take the year's first trip.
1. Wash Slip Covers
If there was even a small amount of pet dander or dust on your upholstery before you put your RV in storage, the upholstery may now look dingy and smell unpleasant. Pull the slip covers off, and wash them in your washing machine with a splash of vinegar added to the detergent to neutralize odors. Let them air dry before putting them back on.
2. Refresh Mattresses and Sofas
Before you put the slip covers back on your furniture, sprinkle each upholstered item, including your mattress, with baking soda. Let the baking soda sit for at least an hour - 24 hours is best - and then vacuum it up, using the wand attachment for your vacuum. The baking soda absorbs odors to leave your whole RV smelling fresh.
3. Replace the Water Filter
If your RV water filter was at all moist when you put the RV into storage, it may now be ruined. Rather than dealing with unpleasant tastes in your water, just replace it. Refer to your owner's manual for replacement instructions. Usually, you just unscrew the old filter cartridge and screw the new one into place. While doing so, make sure the o-rings on the filter apparatus are in good shape. If they are cracked, replace them - cracked o-rings can harbor bacteria.
4. Replace the AC Filter
A dirty AC filter will make your whole RV dusty the second you turn on the ventilation system. Remove the filter, wash it with mild soap and water, and then let it air dry. If your RV has a thin fiberglass AC filter rather than a washable cotton one, purchase a new filter rather than washing your existing one.
5. Clean AC Coils
While you are working on the air conditioner, take a look at the evaporator coils. You can usually see them once the filter is removed. If you see any dust on the coils, suck it up with a shop vacuum. Dust reduces the efficiency of the coils and can put strain on your air conditioner.
6. Polish and Protect Your Wood Surfaces
Wood has a tendency to get dried out when your RV is in storage. Some wood surfaces may also have been scratched by you moving things in and out of the RV. Wipe all of the wood down with a good-quality wood conditioner to hide scratches and add moisture, which will prevent the wood from cracking as you use the RV all summer.
7. Wipe Out Window Seals
Dirty windows make your whole RV look dirtier. Wiping down the windows with window cleaner is easy enough, but make sure you also clean the window seals. Use a cotton swab dipped in window cleaner to remove the grime from deep within the grooves. Do not close the windows again until the seals are dry.
Follow the cleaning tips above, and your RV will hit the road clean and in great condition. If you are looking for a cleaner, more reliable place to store your RV next winter, consider Delray Storage in Delray Beach, FL. We offer 24-hour access, excellent customer service, and security features to protect your prized possessions. Contact us today!