UPDATE 2020: We've updated this blog to keep you informed and well prepared to meet any challenge while looking for emergency accomodations in an RV.
As the Coronavirus continues to impact everyone worldwide, we at RVezy are in a unique position to help flatten the curve by providing trailers and motorhomes to people and businesses in need.
We have had an overwhelming amount of essential industries, from Hydro, telecommunications, and first responders to individual Canadians reaching out to us requesting emergency RV accommodations for self-isolation purposes. Thankfully, many RVezy owners are answering the call and renting their RVs as temporary quarantine options.
While RVezy is proud to assist those in need, owners and renters must adhere to best practices to ensure everyone remains safe. You can consult the Public Health Agency of Canada Guidelines here: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health.html
Here are a few tips on how to ensure your home on wheels is germ-free.
Hard surfaces (Metal, Plastic, Porcelain)
- When a surface is visibly dirty, wash with a general household cleaner (soap or detergent). Rinse with water and follow with a disinfectant.
- When a surface is not visibly dirty, clean with a commercial product that is both a detergent (cleans) and a disinfectant (kills germs). Wear disposable gloves.
Porous surfaces (Wood, Rubber, and Drywall)
- Apply a detergent, bleach and water solution to help it adhere. Here is a detailed guide on how to dilute and mix these solutions according to your needs. Apply with a sponge or mop, trying not to over-saturate the surfaces.
Laundered items (Linens, Clothing, Curtains, and Cushions )
- Extra precaution is key. Using your own linens or laundering available linens before a trip will grant you peace of mind. Pack a few extra sheets and cover cushions, mattresses and provided pillowcases if you want to be extra careful
- Wash all items using the warmest water possible based on the care instructions.
- Talk to the owner, ask them what measures they have taken to assure cleanliness in their rig.
Ditch the Brand-Name Products
- Most RV materials aren’t any different than other types of vehicles or living material. It’s easy to want to purchase the brand-name cleaner or solutions that are made exclusively for RVs, but the truth is many common and generic household cleaners work perfectly well to keep your RV sparkling including dish soap, window cleaner, even distilled white vinegar. Those fancy products at the RV superstore are appealing, but they're typically more expensive.
It’s recommended to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, toilets, faucets, and sinks. Don’t forget your RV’s steering wheel, dash controls, and door handles, either!
Thoroughly Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
- In an RV, water can sometimes be a scarce resource. Remember to preserve your water by wetting your hands, then turning off the tap, then lathering your hands with soap, then turning the tap back on to rinse. This will ensure that no water is wasted! This same process goes for showering in the RV as well!
- Be sure to have hand sanitizer with you in case you don’t have immediate access to soap and water.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- Coughs and sneezes: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash hands or use hand sanitizer.
Following these tips will ensure your vacation is safe, fun and germ-free!