Can You Pressure Wash An RV?


How to Clean an RV Like a Pro: Tips from the Experts at All About Pressure Washing

Hello, everyone! My name is Mike, and welcome to All About Pressure Washing. In today's video, we’re tackling something new—cleaning an RV. This isn’t a service we typically advertise, but when my friend Baker, the head football coach at my son's high school, asked for help with his RV, I couldn’t say no. His RV had been parked under a massive pine tree all year and needed a thorough cleaning.

The Challenge of Cleaning an RV

Cleaning an RV isn't your everyday task, and even my team had never done it before. Since it’s crucial to handle such tasks correctly to avoid damage, I took on the job myself. Let’s break down the process, so you can tackle your RV cleaning confidently and effectively.

Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning an RV

1. Assess the Situation

RVs endure a lot—road dirt, weather conditions, and, in Baker's case, pine tree debris. The first step is understanding the extent of the dirt and what parts need the most attention.

2. Gather the Right Equipment

Most people have a pressure washer at home, but RV cleaning often requires a more delicate touch. We used a soft washing process to avoid damage. Here’s what you need:

  • Soft Wash System: A 12-volt pump to apply a 2% mix with a little southern drawl for cling.
  • Soft Bristle Brush: For gentle scrubbing, especially on the RV’s nose and windows.
  • Detergents: Specialized RV cleaners or regular soft wash detergents.

3. Apply the Cleaning Solution

Using our soft wash system, we applied the solution to the entire RV, including the roof. It’s important to allow the solution to dwell and break down the grime.

4. Scrub and Rinse

For stubborn spots, like the nose of the RV and windows, use a soft bristle brush for extra cleaning power. Rinse thoroughly to ensure all detergent and dirt are washed away.

Special Considerations

Roof Maintenance

RV roofs, whether membrane or metal, need special care. A bi-annual cleaning is usually sufficient, but if your RV is parked under trees or in harsh conditions, clean it more frequently. Always inspect for damage during cleaning.

Retractable Awnings

These are made of exterior-grade canvas and require gentle cleaning. Use a scrub brush with regular detergents, agitate softly, and rinse gently.

Why Education Matters

Cleaning an RV incorrectly can cause significant damage. That’s why I emphasize the importance of proper training. If you’re new to pressure washing or want to learn more, I highly recommend checking out the SESW Softwash 101 Training Video. It’s a comprehensive guide that covers everything from chemicals and equipment to techniques and tips, setting you up for success in your pressure washing business.

Final Thoughts

Cleaning an RV might seem daunting, but with the right approach and tools, it can be done efficiently and safely. Remember to:

  • Use the right equipment.
  • Apply, scrub, and rinse correctly.
  • Regularly inspect and maintain your RV.

I hope you found this guide helpful. For more detailed training and tips, don’t forget to check out the SESW Softwash 101 Training Video. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below. Thanks for watching, and happy cleaning!

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