An essential part of caravan maintenance is keeping it in good condition. It’s important to clean your caravan outside and on the roof to get rid of any dirt or debris.

Here at Peter Roberts we were delighted to be invited to help out in the making of a CaravanGuard video on caravan cleaning. We were more than happy to get our staff involved and provide some top tips on how to clean your caravan.

How to clean your caravan

Cleaning your caravan roof can be a thankless task, but it’s important to keep on top of those black streaks that run down off the roof onto the sides of your caravan. Also, it’s important to keep a regular check of your caravan roof, particularly if you have a solar panel fitted. Keeping your solar panel clean will maximise the charge going into your caravan’s leisure battery.

To watch our video please click here

Thanks to Liz from CaravanGuard and Dan Trudigan for producing this video.

Caravan roof cleaning equipment

To clean your caravan roof you only need a few pieces of equipment.

These include:


  • A long-handled brush
  • A squeegee for drying
  • Some microfibre cloths and a sponge
  • A water source such as a hose pipe or
    a pump sprayer,
  • A bucket
  • Some caravan shampoo and polish
  • An appropriate ladder

Ladder safety


Make sure you don’t stand on the top step of the ladder. In a lot of cases, this isn’t a step, it’s just part of the hinge mechanism.

It’s best to invest in a tall, well-made ladder that is suitable for the job.

Step 1

Lower or raise the jockey wheel

Before starting to clean the roof lower or raise the jockey wheel of the caravan. This will encourage water runoff at the front or back of the caravan.


Step 2

Wet down

Start by rinsing the caravan and removing any debris. If you have a hosepipe don’t get too close to any of the vents or roof lights but use the spray to disperse any debris off the roof.


If you’re using a pump sprayer just moisten the roof as best you can.

Step 3

Shampoo and wash

Dilute some shampoo in a bucket and dip the long-handled brush into the solution.


Divide the roof into six equal parts. For example, the front left, the left side, and the left back. And then focus on each segment.

Roof lights

Start by cleaning on and around the roof lights.

In some cases, the roof lights might be quite dirty on the lip. If so, the easiest way to clean this is to nip inside the caravan and raise each roof light and use a microfibre cloth to wipe down the edges of the roof light. And if you can, clean the roof area that the roof light sits on.


Keep dipping the brush into the shampoo as you continue to clean off the dirt from the roof.

Step 4

Vents and fixings

Brush around any vents and fixings but be gentle. You might not be able to get too close or under those items with the long-handled brush. Use a microfibre cloth or sponge to get in and under items such as a solar panel and TV antenna.

Step 5

Rinse off and dry

Once half the roof is complete use your water source again to wash off any debris and dirt, and repeat this process until the entire roof is clean.


To dry the roof you can use a squeegee to soak up as much water as you can. Wring out and repeat the process.

Step 6

Solar panels


For items such as solar panels,  it’s important to keep this as clean as you can, as this will maximise the charge the panel can create to put back into your leisure battery whilst in storage.

Step 7

Overwintering or polish
If you’re cleaning your caravan roof before winter storage you might want to consider an overwintering product or use a good polish to minimise algae or moss buildup.


Step 8

Back and sides
Once the roof is clean you’ll then need to clean the caravan sides, front and back, as debris and muck will have been running off the roof.