If you have experience with both tent camping and RV camping, then you know that traveling with an RV has a lot of nice perks: comfortable beds, modern kitchen appliances, electricity and running water, and a clean, private bathroom. Even if your RV is equipped with just a wet bath, which features a toilet and shower all in one, it still means that you can say sayonara to dirty campground bathrooms and hello to an untainted, germ-free bathroom you can call your own. Priceless! To get the most out of this small but completely functional space, follow these tips for organizing and cleaning your RV’s wet bath.
Mount hooks within your wet bath on which you can hang your bath essentials, such as a toiletry bag, bath towels, wash cloths, a loofah, squeegee, soap-on-a-rope, and more. If possible, hang your towel hooks higher and out of the way of the shower stream so they’re nice and dry when you need to use them.
Use a fabric shower curtain instead of a plastic one. Fabric shower curtains dry faster, are more flexible, and they’re easier to keep clean. If you’ve ever wrestled with a rigid, plastic shower curtain in a small shower, then you know how annoying it can be to try to move it out of your way to shower. It’s like they have a mind of their own! I’ve even had a wet one wrap itself around my leg with the suction-cup force of a leech. No thank you! Fabric curtains are much more mindful of your personal space and will make showering a more pleasant experience.
Since your shower and toilet share the same floor space, does this mean that you’ll always be getting your feet wet when using the toilet? Not with this tip! Cut a rubber mat to fit the shape and size of your shower floor. After squeegeeing and drying the entire wet bath when you’re done showering, put the rubber mat down and then cover it with a rug or piece of carpet that also has a rubber mat. This way when you need to make a quick trip to the bathroom, you’ll step onto a dry, comfortable rug or carpet instead of onto a wet, slippery floor. And when you’re showering, hang the rug/carpet outside to air it out. Also, wash it often if it’s a rug, and consider replacing it often if it’s a carpet remnant.
KEEP IT CLEAN!
To keep your RV’s shower free of soap scum and build-up, use a squeegee after every shower. Thoroughly wipe all walls and the floor with the squeegee, directing the water down toward the drain.
After using the squeegee, follow up by wiping the walls with a microfiber cloth or towel to ensure that all the moisture has been removed. Hang the towel to dry so it’s ready the next time you need it.
If your RV’s wet bath is equipped with a ceiling fan, use it every time you shower! If it doesn’t have one, seriously consider installing one! A fan will help pull hot steam out of the small bathroom so that it doesn’t linger and encourage the growth of mold or mildew. It will also prevent the steam from migrating into your RV’s living area and causing moisture damage to walls and countertops.
If you’re a planner, this tip is for you! Try to shower before you leave for the day or before going to bed so your wet bath has time to dry thoroughly before you need to use it again. Even if you squeegee and dry it thoroughly, microscopic beads of moisture may remain for a while, which you might discover when you sit down to go to the bathroom.
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