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A Guide to Preventing Mould and Mildew in Your Hard Floor Camper

When you invest in a hard floor camper, you're investing in a future of low-cost holidays. You make the investment now to reap the savings later. To get years of use out of your portable accommodation, you'll need to ensure that your camper is cared for correctly.

Mould and mildew can be a big problem with all camping accommodation. If you allow it to take hold, the removal can be costly and time-consuming. Aside from the cost implications, inhaling spores can be harmful to your health. As with every problem in life, prevention is better than cure. Follow this checklist to avoid creating an environment for mould and mildew to grow in your camper.

Mould Loves Organic Matter -- Keep Your Camper Clean

  • A no shoe rule will keep unnecessary dirt out of your camper.

  • On sunny days, eat outside to reduce droppings.

  • Sweep or vacuum your camper regularly -- if you're taking a long trip, consider investing in a car vacuum cleaner.

  • Keep old towels to dry off wet surfaces -- after use, always dry these outside

Avoid Introducing Mould to Your Camper

  • Check all items you bring into your camper for signs of mould and mildew -- this should include furniture, cushions as well as clothes and bedding that have been in storage.

Prevent Extra Moisture

  • When possible, cook outside. If the weather prohibits this, then make sure you keep a door open to reduce the humidity in the camper.

  • Clean up spills and wipe down condensation whenever you see it.

  • Dry surfaces after cleaning.

  • Avoid drying clothes indoors.

  • Inspect your camper regularly for leaks in the tent and pipes and repair them immediately.

Deal with Unavoidable Moisture

  • You can't prevent rain, but you can dry the tented area of your camper after rain.

  • If possible, dry your camper after the morning dew too.

  • If you do have to close your camper up while it's wet, open it and dry it as soon as possible.

Clean and Store Your Camper Correctly

  • Sweep out your camper before packing away.

  • Ensure that your camper is dry and clean before you store it.

  • If you have a garage, store your camper indoors -- this will allow you to ventilate it occasionally during months when it's not in use.

  • When your trip is over, dry the sink and the fridge thoroughly -- leave the fridge door open.

Following these tips should help prevent mould and mildew allowing you to avoid costly repairs or canvas replacement. If you do identify mould, tackle it immediately by washing the area with a mild bleach solution. Always test materials before using bleach to ensure that you don't cause damage.