THERE ARE MANY cleaning products available that will give your caravan a gleam no matter its age. We’ve rounded up the best caravan cleaners that will get your van looking spick and span inside and out for when you are next ready to take it out on tour. Click here for a practical guide on how to clean your caravan

CARPETS AND UPHOLSTERY

OzKleen Carpet Power Cleaner

ONLINE REVIEWS STAR RATING – 5 out of 5
From £2 (for 500ml)   

The formulation, which is gentle enough to use on wool and silk, effectively removes coffee, grease, red wine, make-up, pet stains and more. Spray the area and leave for five minutes then dab off with a damp cloth and a small amount of water. Don’t rub. The handy container has a dual-setting spray nozzle, to apply just the right amount for spot cleaning or treating large areas. The product’s micro-encapsulation system has tiny capsules that lock onto and trap odours, eliminating them and leaving a light lavender scent.

BUY IF… you’re looking for competitively priced efficiency

PROs:
Competitively priced
Will not harm natural fibres

Watch this video on cleaning technique using OzKleen Carpet Power Cleaner

CarPlan Interior Valet

ONLINE REVIEWS STAR RATING  – 4 out of 5
From £4.00 (400ml)

The 400ml CarPlan Interior Valet with Brush is small but it will deal very nicely with minor spillages on upholstery and carpets, and will fit in your van’s cupboards. It’s a powerful foam cleaner, which will lift dirt and grime, leaving ‘Stain-Guard’ and ‘Odour-mask’ protective shields. Use the brush to get the foam into the stain, rinsing the brush in water frequently, then wipe away excess with a damp cloth or microfibre cloth. Allow good ventilation for drying. Once applied, the formula uses a ‘stain guard’ protective shield to repel dust, preventing further grime build-up. The ‘odour mask’ neutralises stale odours caused by food, tobacco and pets, leaving a fresh citrus fragrance.

BUY IF... you’re looking for competitively priced efficiency neatly packaged

PROs:
Competitively priced
Does the job effectively

CONs:
Don’t press the nozzle too hard, it may fall apart.

CarPlan Interior Valet is available from Halfords

Autoglym Interior Shampoo

ONLINE REVIEWS STAR RATING  – 4 out of 5
From £5.39 (400ml)

A leisure vehicle favourite, mainly because it’s so versatile, one cleaner does all, which means fewer containers to cart around. It can be used on carpets, upholstery, plastics, gear sticks and steering wheels. Its low-foam formula makes it easy to use, simply spray it on, agitate with a damp sponge or brush, rinsing frequently and then wipe off with a cloth. It deodorises, too.

BUY IF… you’re looking for a versatile cleaning product

PROs:
Cleans most surfaces
Does the job effectively

CONs:
Not as cheap as some rivals, but it cleans multiple surfaces

Autoglym Interior Shampoo is available from Halfords 

Wilko Carpet Stain Remover – five stars

ONLINE REVIEWS STAR RATING  – 5 out of 5
From £1 (750ml)

You can’t argue with the price or the volume of cleaner, which is delivered from a nozzle in a spray format. Its foam formula penetrates deep into the fibres to lift dirt and stains and neutralise odours. Can use on canvas shoes, bedding and upholstery. Ideal if you tour with pets and children. Apple Blossom smell may be a bit overwhelming in a small space, but it does the cleaning job very well.

BUY IF… you’re looking for a cheap and efficient product

PROs:
Very effective on textiles
Excellent price

CONs:
Apple Blossom smell may be a bit overwhelming in a confined space.

Wilko Carpet Stain remover is available from Wilko

Armor All Carpet and Seat Wipes

ONLINE REVIEWS STAR RATING  – 5 out of 5
From £2.80 (20 wipes)

Sometimes you just have to deal with a spillage quickly and grabbing a wipe from your car’s door, glove box or seat pocket couldn’t be speedier. The wipes are safe to use on all fabrics and leave a streak-free finish and they come in a resealable packet to keep them moist.

BUY IF… you’re looking for a handy cleaning product

PROs:
Cleans most surfaces
Easy to use and store

CONs:
May not be as thorough as one of the spray foam products

Armor All Carpet and Seat Wipes are available from Halfords

Wilko Plastic Free Antibacterial Lemon & Mandarin Surface Wipes

ONLINE REVIEWS STAR RATING  – 4.5 out of 5
£0.50 (40 wipes)

Many of us are moving away from using wipes for cleaning but there’s no doubting their convenience for wiping down hard surfaces in the van. Wilko’s new antibacterial wipes are made from viscose, a plastic-free renewable fibre source. The antibacterial multi-surface wipes, which remove grease and dirt and are effective against E.coli, Listeria, Salmonella and flu virus H1N1. They are also vegan-friendly and smell of lemon and mandarin.

BUY IF… you’re looking for a handy, plastic-free cleaning product

PROs:
Removes 99.9% of bacteria
Easy to use and store and are biodegradable

CONs:
Viscose is biodegradable, but the manufacturing process makes it less eco-friendly than some would like.

Wilko Plastic Free Antibacterial Lemon & Mandarin Surface Wipes are available from Wilko

LEATHER UPHOLSTERY CLEANERS

CarPlan Leather Connoisseur

ONLINE REVIEWS STAR RATING  – 4.5 out of 5
£18 for two-part kit, cleaner (500ml) and conditioner (500ml)

Leather upholstery needs its own tender care and this two-part kit has won some fans for delivering it. The cleaner has its own applicator and comes out thinly, so won’t leave a mark on other materials. Rub it into the leather, let it dry, then apply the conditioner and polish off with the microfibre cloth.

BUY IF… you’re looking for a pleasant-smelling leather cleaning product

PROs:
Effective cleaner
Restores leather

CONs:
A bit on the pricey side, but a little goes a long way.

CarPlan Leather Connoisseur is available from Halfords

Gliptone Liquid Leather Gentle Cleaner GT15

ONLINE REVIEWS STAR RATING  – 4 out of 5
From £8.25 (500ml) 

Gliptone easily removed dirt, and left the surfaces evenly finished with a pleasing natural lustre. It’s gentle formula can be used regularly, not only on leather upholstery but also Alcantara and most fabrics.

BUY IF... you’re looking for a gentle leather cleaning product

PROs:
Gentle cleaner
Can use on Alcantara as well as leather, handy for seats with fabric infills

CONs:
Cannot use on aniline leather or suede

Gliptone Liquid Leather Gentle Cleaner GT15 is available from Liquid Leather

EXTERIOR CLEANING

MB14 (Mudbuster) Caravan & Motorhome Cleaner

ONLINE REVIEWS STAR RATING  – 4 out of 5
£9.95 (1 litre) 

The Mudbuster cleaner also comes in 5 and 20 litre sizes and you might want to invest because it can be put to a myriad of uses. As well as removing grime and black streaks from your leisure vehicle’s exterior, it can be used when diluted on the interior, caravan windows, hobs and ovens, outdoor furniture, children’s toys, barbecues and bicycles and even carpets and upholstery.

BUY IF… you’re looking for a tough all rounder

PROs:
It’s a natural-based, biodegradable product
Tough on exterior markings

Mudbuster cleaner is available from MB14 Premium Detailing and Valeting

Fenwick’s Caravan Cleaner Concentrate

ONLINE REVIEWS STAR RATING  – 4.5 out of 5
£11.99 (1 litre)

Perhaps the best-known brand in caravan cleaning is Fenwick’s. With a one-litre bottle you could clean the exteriors of 40 caravans. It has a distinctive citrus/ginger tang and performs well on all types of marks, grime and stains. Especially stubborn marks can be tackled with Fenwick’s recommended 1:10 intense mix.

BUY IF… you’re looking for a tough all rounder

PROs:
Tough on algae, road marks and black streaks

Fenwick’s Caravan Cleaner Concentrate is available from Blacks

AutoGlym Caravan and Motorhome Cleaner

ONLINE REVIEWS STAR RATING  – 4.5 out of 5
From £10.40 (1 litre)

Get the area you are about to clean, wet. Arm yourself with a sponge and Autoglym Caravan and Motorhome Cleaner and set to. With a little elbow grease you will remove stubborn black stripes and green algae from paintwork and decals. It also cleans the interior and upholstery. Can be used on paintwork, plastic, metal, rubber, acrylic, plexiglass, wheels, windows, decorative strips, synthetic fabrics, carpeting, hobs, washable wall coverings and similar surfaces. A fantastic all-rounder.

BUY IF… you’re looking for a tough all rounder

PROs:
Tough on algae, road marks and black streaks

Check out Autoglym’s cleaning tips

AutoGlym Caravan and Motorhome Cleaner is available from Autoglym

WHEEL CLEANERS

Bilt Hamber Auto-Wheel

ONLINE REVIEWS STAR RATING  – 4.5 out of 5
£12.95 (1 litre) also comes in 5 and 25-litre bottles

Bilt Hamber’s auto-wheel is a water-based, Ph-neutral cleaner, so is less hazardous to your wheels and surrounding panels than traditional, strongly acidic or alkaline mixes. Spray it on, leave for three minutes and when the formulation turns red rinse away the dirt with water. Use on aluminium, alloy and steel wheels.

BUY IF… you’re looking for an efficient wheel cleaner that won’t harm the wheels

PROs:
You don’t have to touch the wheels, just spray on, let it do its job, and rinse off with a hose

Bilt Hamber Auto-Wheel is available from Bilt Hamber

Simoniz Alloy Wheel Cleaner

ONLINE REVIEWS STAR RATING  – 4.5 out of 5
From £3.09 (500ml)

This relies on acid technology. Simoniz suggests avoiding use on unlacquered or unpainted surfaces. The trigger has two settings, spray and stream. Spray is sufficient for the job. Spray on and after a couple of minutes agitate the resulting foam with a wheel brush. The foam turns brown indicating removal of brake dust and grease. Rinse off.

BUY IF… you’re looking for an inexpensive, convenient wheel cleaner

PROs:
Safe on all wheel types
Inexpensive and convenient

CONs:
Need a bit more elbow grease for wheels that haven’t been cleaned in a long while.

Simoniz Alloy Wheel Cleaner is available from Carparts4less

Autoglym Custom Wheel Cleaner

ONLINE REVIEWS STAR RATING – 4.5 out of 5
From £7.92 (1 litre)

Another acid-free formula that does the job safely on alloy, lacquered alloy, steel, chrome, painted, anodised and plastic covers. Spray the wheel generously with the cleaner, work in with a wheel brush or sponge – it’s safe to use on the tyre wall – and rinse ensuring all of the product is removed. You can buy a kit of cleaner and two brushes for £18.

BUY IF… you’re looking for an acid-free wheel cleaner

PROs:
Safe on all most types

CONs:
Avoid using on split rims

Autoglym Custom Wheel Cleaner is available from Autoglym

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