Start to clean from the top down – roof first
The roof of a caravan can become particularly dirty due to it being a flat roof that gathers moss/algae/leaves/grit/guano. Rain and sun help to feed the accumulation and creates more residue at a faster pace, it is vital to keep the roof clean and upkeep maintenance.
It is not safe to climb on top of the roof as it is not guaranteed structurally safe, it can be slippery, a long way to fall and can cause damage to the roof.
Don’t use a pressure washer as it can cause damage to seals and cables (if a solar panel and other proprietary items are fitted) it can also cause leakage into the caravan and grind grit into the paintwork and gelcoat if GRP. Access to the roof is essential to maintain cleanliness around solar panels, roof lights, tv aerials where dirt gathers underneath.
Safety is paramount.
A quality caravan cleaning ladder is the perfect solution – Secured to the vehicle with a non-marking bearer bar to spread the load. This will get you up to the awning rail height, you can then use a long-handled soft brush that should be specifically suited to cleaning vehicles. When the brush is stored it should have the head covered to prevent it picking up any contamination that might damage paintwork.
There are a range of specialist products for the cleaning and polishing of caravans and motor caravans. These are available from all good caravan accessory dealers and on the usual web-based selling platforms.