An over-the-road truck driver’s semi-truck should be clean because their vehicle serves as their primary living space. Some truck drivers do not look forward to cleaning duties because they work so hard. However, we encourage you to take pride in your semi-truck and keep it pristine to enhance your space. Here are tips for keeping your semi-truck clean.
Cleaning the Interior of a Semi-Truck
Some drivers pay a professional to clean the inside and outside of their vehicle after their run. However, the problem with this is that you’re more susceptible to living in an environment that isn’t sterile for a more extended period. It’s best to see your truck as you would see your home.
- Discard Trash: Take a trash can liner or grocery store bag and scoop up coffee cups, wrappers, or other items on the floor, behind the seats, or in the sleeper space.
- Vacuum: Remove your mats or other portable interior items, vacuuming up the dirt, grime, and crumbs from breakfast sandwiches or other food. If you don’t vacuum, this residue can bring mold that you could breathe in while you’re working or sleeping.
- Clean the Dashboard: Consider using a soft brush to vacuum if you have a dusty dashboard. Additionally, utilize wipes for interior cleaning and wipe the dashboard down thoroughly. Polishes and products that emit a shiny glow might not be the best idea because they cause an unnecessary glare.
- Wash Your Mats: A hose, soapy water, and scrub brush are the products you need to remove built-up materials from your mats. Once you finish cleaning them, hang them to dry out while completing your other cleaning tasks.
- Do Your Laundry: Prevent dirty clothes from piling up on long hauls by taking your clothes out and running them through the wash when it’s convenient to do so.
- Clean the Curtains: You should also clean the curtains when washing your clothes. Ensure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions about the curtain material and drying techniques.
- Remove Stains: Fill a bucket with soapy water and scrub your seats. If the stains seem impossible to remove, consider investing in a dependable upholstery cleaning product and follow the instructions. If the seats are leather, use an approved cleaning brand. Let the seats (and the cab) dry by keeping the doors open.
- Clean the Windows: A standard window cleaner and a roll of paper towels should be enough to clean the side windows. A pro-style scrubber and hose are ideal to use for the exterior windshield.
- Replace the Air Filters: Follow the manufacturer guidelines about air filter replacement. Swapping out old air filters will ensure that your semi-truck is clean, fresh, and breathable. You can prevent sickness by taking some tidy your space. As not to feel overwhelmed, break up the cleaning tasks.
Contact Baltimore Freightliner today if your truck requires maintenance, service, or repair.
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