How to clean your caravan decking

Spring is here and it’s time to clean your caravan decking and get rid of any dirt that’s built up over the winter.

One of the best ways to keep your decking in tip-top shape is by keeping on top of the cleaning throughout the year. Regularly sweep your deck, particularly getting rid of leaves regularly as they can leave marks on your decking and make it slippery when wet.

leaves on caravan decking

Remove any stains like tree sap and bird droppings as soon as you see them. You can use an all-purpose cleaner to for these. For more stubborn stains you might need a more abrasive decking cleaner.

Here’s our caravan decking cleaning guide to get your holiday caravan’s outdoor space ready for the season ahead.

Caravan decking cleaning kit

You’ll need:

  • Stiff brush
  • Screwdriver
  • Pressure washer (and decking cleaner attachment) or garden hose
  • Bucket
  • Mop or long-handled soft brush, or cloth
  • Specialist decking cleaner

Plus, a bit of time and a dry day!

Step 1

Prepare your caravan decking

Take all furniture off the decking so you have a nice clear area. Start by using your brush to sweep away any dirt and debris and then hose down to get rid of any excess dirt. If you find any loose screws then replace or fasten down with a screwdriver.

static caravan decking clean

Step 2

Clean your caravan decking

There are plenty of specialist cleaners to clean and revive your decking and get rid of dirt, mould and algae. Check the instructions as some can be poured straight onto the decking and some will be mixed with water. You might also need a cloth or brush to work the product into your caravan decking.

Split your decking into sections as you work the cleaning product on to the deck.

  • Composite or uPVC caravan decking 

Caravan decking specialists, Mayfield, recommend WashBomb for cleaning uPVC decking, as well as your static caravan and even your bike!

Washbomb decking cleaning

Wash Bomb has a unique, environmentally-friendly formula to remove dirt and grease from caravan decking. Simply add the contents of the sachet to a bucket of water and use either a mop, soft brush or cloth to apply. Split your decking into sections and gradually clean each section, three or four boards at a time, with the cleaner. Rinse off with a hose or jet wash on a spray setting.

  • Wooden decking 

Use a specialist cleaner, such as Ronseal decking cleaner scrub it into the surface as soon as you’ve poured it onto the deck. Leave it for 15 minutes and then hose or wash down with your pressure washer and leave to dry.

Step 3

Finish and protect

  • Composite decking

When your decking is clean and dry, to keep it looking it’s best you can use a decking revitaliser. This will give it some extra protection from the weather and use. Mayfield recommend DeckMAX’s Advanced PVC Deck Revitaliser.

  • Wooden decking

You might need to use a decking oil or protector after cleaning to protect your decking for the season ahead from the sun and rain.

Over to you…

Do you have any caravan decking cleaning tips that you want to share? As always, please comment in the box below.

6 comments on “How to clean your caravan decking

  1. their is a product called wash magic decking and caravan cleaner and restores and revives works better than wash bomb

    1. What kind of decking can you use it on, Paul. Our decking is made from bamboo composite and it stains really easily. The rain seems to soak into it.
      Has anyone any suggestions what we can clean it with please?

  2. I use Spear and Jackson product Spray and Leave in the autumn and spring and find I no longer have to power wash. Brilliant product on loads of different surfaces. May take a week or so to take effect but well worth the wait.

  3. When our composite decking was fitted we were told never to use a pressure washer on it as it destroys the coating and it will then become slippery.

    1. You can use a soft wash on your decking, but we have never used a pressure washer on the decking nor the caravan. We just rinse off using a normal hose pipe.

  4. Proper cleaning can help with a lot of things. Whether it is your house, office or any other place, cleaning is a must activity. Thanks for providing this wonderful list of tips regarding how one can clean their caravan. Keep up the good work!

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