Mariam N. ~ Author
Getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city and finding new scenery is a great way of relaxing and unwinding. Road trips are even better when you can just stop and park anywhere without worrying about accommodations. Thankfully, RVs can make these road adventures easier and more fun but maintaining RV air quality is extremely important.
Unfortunately, road trips with your RVs can become unpleasant if your RV air quality is low. You and your companions may end up avoiding hanging out in the motorhome to avoid the unpleasant air. Assuming you are taking care of the obvious sources of odor by maintaining your grey and black water tanks and sealing all exterior gaps and joints, here are some tips to help you maintain high air quality. In these special times, some of these tips double as a way to keeping your RV clean and disinfected. It’s no herculean task. Just keep these tips in mind.
Your RV just like your home needs regular cleaning. Otherwise, you will be dealing with accumulated dusk, stale air, and dirty floors to name a few. Regular clean-ups should involve the following:
Vacuuming and Mopping
If you vacuum your home regularly, then do the same for your camper. Likewise, mopping if applicable, will go a long way in keeping the cleanliness of your mobile home.
The floors aren’t the only thing you should think about as the surfaces should be wiped, too. Dust, dirt, and stains may accumulate if you don’t remove them from the walls, windows and other surfaces in the RV. Make sure to use dry fabric that can trap the dust and wipe the surfaces with a damp one.
If you have removed the dust and dirt from the floor, walls, windows, and surfaces, then its time to disinfect your RV. You can use an aero spray to disinfect the air while disinfecting wipes are for the surfaces.
Many people make the mistake of doing away with disinfecting their RVs only to realize that vacuuming, mopping and wiping are not enough to keep viruses in the air away. Invest in disinfectants to ensure high air quality.
Remove Moisture to Avoid Mold Growth in Your RV
Moisture can be an RV owners’ worst enemy as it can make any area the ideal place for mildew, bacteria, and molds. These three, unfortunately, can make the air stale and become a major health hazard.
Getting rid of excessive moisture is the best way to avoid the growth of mildew, bacteria, and mold since doing so will mean eliminating the microorganism in the air that is bad for our health. It’s then important to get dehumidifiers that can absorb air moisture. Placing baking soda in various parts of your camper will also help.
One of the best investments you can make for your RV is an air scrubber, which removes contaminants from the air. It is a portable filtration system that takes out chemicals, gasses or particles in any space. It works by drawing the air in from the spot and nearby areas then passing them through various filters until the contaminants are removed.
Add an Air Purifier or Ventilation System
Experts say that adequate air circulation in our homes is a must for good health. As such, camper owners should consider getting an air ventilation system to ensure that air circulates well while we’re on the road. It will push the stale air out of the RV, which will be replaced by fresher air. Keeping windows open while the ventilator is running is necessary.
Those with respiratory illnesses like allergies and asthma will do well in purchasing an air purifier to ensure high air quality for the RV. Air purifiers’ filters debris found on the air such as pollen, dirt, dust and other potential allergens.
Open a Window
Remember when spring cleaning included opening up all the windows and doors to get the air circulating? This is also helpful in an RV. The Environmental Protection Agency tells us the negative effects indoor air has on our health. The World Health Organization encourages the use of natural ventilation as an effective method against bacteria and infection. As long as you are socially distanced and safe, open the windows and doors to let the air in and greatly improve your air quality. A great way to ensure enough distance from other campers is to boondock either on public land or on private property, such as a Harvest Host.
Replace Fabric Upholstery
Upholstery with fabrics as the material can be a keeper of soot, dirt, stains, and dust; even if owners vacuum them regularly. If you’re in the process of purchasing an RV, select those without fabric upholstery. If you already own your RV, consider replacing the fabric upholstery so cleaning and maintaining are much easier.
What upholstery materials should you choose instead of fabrics? Vinyl, faux leather, and leather are better choices as they do not attract and keep dirt, liquids, food, and dust on them.
Bathe and Groom Your Pet Regularly
We can expect pet owners to bring their furry companions to their road trips. After all, where’s the fun in driving long distances without our animal best friends? (We have some blogs about rving with cats, rving with dogs, and locating pet friendly RV camping Hosts. )
Unfortunately, our pets can turn into stinky companions if they aren’t taking a bath and being groomed regularly. Their smell can contribute to the foul air of your motorhome.
If you’re taking a long trip, then make sure that your furry companions still get their baths. Bring along a pet dryer so that their furs don’t accumulate dust and dirt when wet.
Grooming is just as important as regular baths as it can reduce the pets’ shedding dander and fur, which arguably also affects the air quality of confined spaces.
Add Plants to Your RV
Plants help improve air quality, which is why many have indoor plants placed in various areas of their homes. Do the same for your RV and strategically place plants. They can help remove the pollutants from the air as well as provide some beauty for your space!
Any plants will definitely help in your quest of maintaining air quality in your RV. However, you may want to consider indoor plants that are easy to maintain such as Mother-in-law’s Tongue, Areca Palm, and Money Plant. Just be sure to secure them before hitting the road to avoid having them spilling or tipping over during the long drive.
Having a camper for your road trips can be fun and exciting. However, having stale or poor quality air in your camper can interfere with your enjoyment and even get you and your companions sick.
Make sure to have a great air quality in your motorhome by cleaning regularly and investing in air purifying items. Select non-fabric upholstery, air purifiers, ventilators and plants to keep the air clean. Paying attention to your furry friends’ hygiene is also a must. These are all you need to fully enjoy the benefits of your RV.
Mariam N. is a hygiene expert working with Sono Supplies. She has been interested in health and cleaning issues since she was young and wants to share her knowledge and experience with others who are not indifferent to cleanup. Mariam is deeply convinced that house cleaning is a critical part of hygiene. On a regular basis, she delivers new cleaning expert advice on how to treat products, tools, different items, which sometimes include medical instruments and equipment as well.
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