It might still be chilly but as the first few months of the year fly by, we are inching closer to the start of those glorious spring days where everything starts to wake up and come back to life. The same is true for static caravans. Whether it has been closed down over the winter or was still in use throughout, there is much to be done to get it prepped and ready for the year ahead.
Whether you already own a static caravan or are looking at static caravans for sale and wondering what their upkeep is like, then here is a handy spring cleaning and maintenance checklist to help you.
Winter weather conditions can be particularly harsh and the rain, cold, snow and winds can cause a number of problems. Give your entire caravan a thorough check to look for any signs of damage that might have been caused by the weather or as a result of fallen trees or debris. Focus on areas such as the skylights, windows, seals and seams, the panelling, roof and guttering looking for holes, cracks, dents or blockages.
If there are any obvious issues, then be sure to fix them or get them seen to straight away so that they do not worsen or become a bigger and more costly problem.
- Cleaning List
A good spring clean might take some time but it will be well worth it as it not only helps to keep the home in good condition and looking great, but it makes the general upkeep and cleaning much easier afterwards.
Write yourself a checklist room by room, detailing every aspect so that you can tick them off one by one as they are complete.
Your list should include all of the standard cleaning tasks such as dusting and hoovering, but be sure to include things like;
- Clean ovens, microwaves, fridges and freezers
- Clear out, clean and organise the inside of kitchen drawers and cupboards
- Sort out and declutter bedroom drawers and wardrobes
- Make sure there isn’t any signs of mould and if there is then make sure you get rid of it
- Hire a machine to clean and freshen all carpets and upholstery or you can get a company in to do it for you
- Pressure wash the exterior, walls, roof and the decking
- Clear out and clean the gutters
- Wash the interior and exterior windows, frames and sills
Outside of any obvious faults or issues that are found during the inspection and subsequently fixed, there are other general maintenance tasks that should be carried out if needed.
- Replace any blown bulbs
- Clear out your heating and HVAC system filters
- Replace washers on any dripping taps
- Tighten screws on loose cupboard doors
- Check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
- Touch up any marks or scratches with paint
- Finishing Touches
They might not be part of cleaning but there are a couple of small things you can do to get your mobile home spring ready;
- Add some fresh flowers or colourful artificial ones in key areas such as the dining table or fireplace.
- Fabric spray soft furnishings and use a carpet spray on rugs and carpeted floors.
- Add some scented candles or reed diffusers for a fresh smell.
- Change up your soft furnishings and accessories, swapping out the thicker winter fabrics for colourful patterns and lighter textures.