How to clean a static caravan

Written by jane humphries | 13/05/2017
How to clean a static caravan
Regular cleaning of your static caravan helps extend its lifespan. (single wide image by Andrew Orlemann from

Cleaning your static caravan is important to maintain its exterior and prolong its lifespan. Chemicals from air pollutants can collect in dirt and debris and deteriorate the outer shell of the caravan over time, but with effective cleaning you can protect the exterior from harmful compounds. According to the Caravan Club, "frequent washing will prevent the build up of corrosive elements from the air," so maintenance is essential to keep your static caravan in good shape for years to come.

How to clean a static caravan
Position ladders on a stable and level footing before starting to clean. (ladders image by Adkok from

Position the ladders halfway along the static caravan, making sure that they are stable and on a level surface. Power wash the roof with the jet wash to remove any dirt and leaves into the gutters. By positioning yourself halfway along the caravan, the jet wash should move all debris on each portion of the roof without you having to reposition the ladders.

Wear rubber gloves, and clear all leaves, debris and sludge from the gutters, and put them in a bucket. Reposition the ladders around the static caravan at 1.8 m (6 foot) intervals so that you can clear 90 cm (3 feet) of guttering on each side in one go. Place the ladders at the highest point of the gutters, and jet wash the inside so that it clears any final dirt away.

How to clean a static caravan
Use car shampoo and wax to clean the caravan. (bucket image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from

Empty the bucket, rinse and fill with warm water and car wash shampoo. Use a shampoo that contains a wax, as this helps to further protect the exterior of the caravan. Car shampoo is also milder than domestic household detergents, which are too harsh to use on caravan exteriors.

How to clean a static caravan
Sponge down the caravan from top to bottom in sections. (yellow sponge structure image by Alex White from

Sponge down the caravan with the car wash solution, working from top to bottom in 1.8 m (6 foot) sections. Rinse off each section with the jet wash as you go, so that the foam does not dry onto the exterior. Refill the bucket with solution when it becomes dirty so that the car wash shampoo and wax is as effective as possible.

How to clean a static caravan
Jet wash the seals on windows and doors to remove grime. (coach, trailer image by Greg Pickens from

Jet wash the rims on doors and windows starting from the top rim and working your way down each side and across the bottom. Grime collects in the rims and compromises the seals, so attention to detail in cleaning the frames is important to prevent future problems with water penetration.

How to clean a static caravan
Use a rubber blade squeegee for cleaning glass windows. (le voyage est fini image by rorio59 from

Spray window cleaner on the glass of the window or door, and working from top to bottom, use the sponge on a rubber blade squeegee to wet the glass thoroughly. Glide the rubber blade of the squeegee holding it vertically across the window, sweeping from left to right and from top to bottom. The rubber blade clears the cleaner and leaves the window smear free.


Ask a friend to hold ladders to stabilise them.


Make sure ladders are placed on level ground.

Tips and warnings

  • Ask a friend to hold ladders to stabilise them.
  • Make sure ladders are placed on level ground.

Things you need

  • Ladders
  • Jet power wash
  • Bucket
  • Sponge
  • Car wash shampoo and wax
  • Window cleaner
  • Window rubber blade squeegee

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