Has it been awhile since your last RV outing? If so, you may want to inspect your refrigerator for mold before your next trip. While I’m sure all of you Texas RV enthusiasts knew to clean out your fridge after your last trip, there’s a chance that two things still remain inside… moisture and mold.
Any frost or ice that’s left inside the refrigerator is going to melt, and sooner than later given the fact that we’re ll in the middle of a famous Texas summer. And when it melts, that means the entire inside is going to get wet. The problem with this? As your fridge loses its coldness, a new warm and moist environment will grow setting the perfect stage for mold to grow.
Before you start panicking, let me tell you that cleaning up mold isn’t the most difficult thing in world… it’s just unpleasant to some depending on how series it is. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Scrub the entire fridge with warm, soapy water. This will remove most of the mold itself.
- Make a bleach and water solution by mixing a gallon of water and 1/4 cup of bleach. Once you have your mixture, do another scrubbing of the entire fridge. This solution will disinfect and sanitize the fridge and help prevent the mold from reappearing.
If you follow those two steps, you’ll be mold free in as little as two washes. In order to prevent this in the future, make sure you thoroughly clean out the fridge including any ice trays after each trip. Wipe down any current moisture and then leave the door propped open. This will help dry up any additional moisture that may come.
Here are a couple other great tips from Geico on preventing mold in the future.
Here are a few tips on how to prevent mold and mildew from wreaking havoc on your RV.
1. Routinely check gaskets and seals. Making sure that your RV is well-sealed is one of the first steps to preventing a future moisture problem that could lead to mold or mildew.
2. Allow air to circulate. Air circulation is critical in preventing mold and mildew in an RV, especially in humid environments. Keep air filters clean and maintain proper circulation at all times.
3. Keep it clean. Use a simple solution of bleach and water when cleaning showers, sinks or other areas associated with high humidity.
4. Prompt repairs. Make sure all repairs are performed promptly and by a reputable service provider. Be sure to test the seal for window, vinyl or other repairs where moisture could become a problem.
5. Leaks. Potential source of leaks include sinks, hook-ups and toilets. Schedule a routine leak inspection.
Happy travels, Texas RVers!