Maintaining Your RV’s Carpeting and Flooring

Apart from the periodic vacuum cleaning there are other precautions and steps that you can take to increase your RV’s carpet life and make it look neat and clean.

What is the primary source of dirt in an RV? Well it is us. Every time we walk in an RV we bring in dirt. Place a plastic mat or a carpet sample outside your rig to clean your feet before you enter. You can also keep a rug of some kind inside the door for an extra cleaning. It helps because every time you walk out to fill gas or buy some snacks, you get a lot of dirt stuck at the bottom of your shoes.

Even if you try to avoid oil drops and mud patches, your shoes still collect dust which dirties your RV’s floor. Another solution to this problem could be to take off your shoes and use slippers inside your RV but it is impractical and tedious. If you have pets keep a towel near the door to clean them every time they enter your RV. Also do not forget to cut their nails to reduce your carpets wear and tear.

Getting stains on the carpet is inevitable. Don’t rub the spots on your carpet always blot them. If you have a food stain, spray shaving cream and let it set for 15 minutes. Then rinse it with water and vinegar solution. If you use a spot remover agent follow the instructions on it. Oil stains can be removed by using a mixture of baking soda and corn starch. Sprinkle the mixture over the stain and leave it overnight. Vacuum the place, the following day. In case there is still discoloration, blot the spot with mild dish washing liquid that cuts oil and grease.

For a dog accident try using an enzyme product, usually found at pet stores or RV stores. It cleans the spot and takes away the smell.

For deeper cleaning you could use liquid shampoo, dry foam shampoo, dry polymer compound or some other chemicals. Usually it is best to go with what your RV manufacturer’s recommend, since not all chemical solutions work with every carpet. Once decided on a method, you can do it yourself or hire a professional.

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