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Guide for Cleaning Your Campervan During Covid-19

Disclaimer: We have compiled the information below from current advice on Coronavirus hygiene protocolWe aim to update this post with any new discoveries or recommendations as and when they come to light. If you want to learn more about COVID19 and how it spreads, please turn to authoritative sources such as the NHS and WHO. 

It’s no surprise that campervan holidays have sparked a great deal of interest in recent months, as COVID-19 advice makes staycations feel like a safe option where people can practice social distancing and rediscover the beautiful places around them. As this summer is looking more promising than ever, campervan holidays are surely going to be a huge hit, with people wanting their own space to explore the outdoors and reconnect with family and friends. 

As we all have had to adapt our lifestyles and social interactions because of Coronavirus, it goes without saying that everyone knows a lot more about maintaining high levels of personal hygiene. However, renting out your campervan during the pandemic may understandably cause added stress, and you’ll want to do all that you can to create a safe and pleasant space for yourself and your guests. We have compiled some recommendations on how to clean your campervan effectively. We hope that through reading this you’ll feel confident and happy when renting out your campervan.  

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Our cleaning guidelines for campervan rentals

COVID-19 is commonly spread through respiratory droplets (breathing, speaking, coughing etc.) that contain the virus and it is therefore also transmitted through physical contact. The virus can also live on surfaces for hours at a time, making cleanliness a crucial part of preventing it from spreading. Here are our recommendations on how to keep your campervan clean and safe for your guests.  

  1. Wear disposable gear while you clean (gloves and face masks). 
  1. Make sure you clean all contact surfaces between handovers. Crucial areas include: 
    • Taps and faucets
    • Countertops and cabinets
    • Keys
    • The steering wheel
    • Light and other switches
    • Appliances (fridge, oven etc.)
    • Sanitary facilities (toilet, sink etc.)
  1. Keep your van well ventilated while you clean, keeping doors and windows open 
  1. Don’t forget to clean any extra amenities that you might offer, such as camping tables and chairs, bike racks etc. 
  1. Do not shake laundry inside your campervan as it will increase the chances of the virus being dispersed in the air. When you are ready, wash all linens at the highest temperature possible. These include: 
    • Bedsheets
    • Mattress toppers and protectors
    • Towels
    • Blankets
  1. Use detergent or soap and water to remove dirt, grease and dust. Once the surface is clean, spray with an anti-viral disinfectant. Please note that cleaning isn’t the same as disinfecting, both need to be done! 
  1. You will probably be fine using your existing cleaning supplies if they are anti-viral. Choose products carefully as anything too strong might cause damage to your campervan. 
  1. Don’t touch your face whilst you are cleaning and wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. Once you have finished cleaning, it’s always worth giving them a final clean and wiping down any door handles that you’ve touched on your way out. 
  1. Remove all the used cleaning products from your campervan once you have finished. If you use microfibre cloths, which are recommended, do not clean them with fabric softener or place them in the tumble-dryer. 
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How to handover your campervan safely 

When the time comes to hand over your vehicle to your guests, you’ll want them to feel comfortable that you have done everything you can to protect them, and vice versa! To make this process as seamless as possible, make sure to consider the following tips: 

  1. Kit out your campervan with cleaning amenities so they can return the vehicle in the same sparkling condition. This should include: 
    • Antibacterial hand sanitiser
    • Disposable gloves and wipes
    • Hand soap
    • Paper towels
    • A few clean microfibre cloths
    • Disinfectant and detergent
  1. Do a virtual handover beforehand! As we are all now accustomed to virtual and video calls, you might want to suggest a call with your guest a couple of weeks beforehand to give an introduction to the features of your campervan and discuss any questions beforehand. Alternatively, you could send them video instructions that you can use for all your future bookings. Taking either approach will limit the social-distancing time at the handover. 
  1. Get your vehicle ready before your guests arrive to reduce the time of the handover process. This also means you won’t need to be in the campervan at the same time as the guests, limiting contact. 
  1. Keep a 2-metre distance throughout the handover, wear a mask throughout and resist the urge to shake their hand! 
  1. Agree on how you want the vehicle returned to you during the handover. This will again save time during the physical handover and is good practice to avoid any disagreements or disputes. 

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Use your listing to reassure any potential customers 

After all the hard work you have put into making your campervan a safe place for your guests, why not let customers know all the extra steps you have taken by writing about it on your listing. It will show that you are taking their health and wellbeing seriously and are someone to be trusted!  

However, it is important to you don’t make any claims like ‘COVID-free camper’. Stick to the measures you have put in place and the cleaning amenities you’ll provide.