Hey folks, did you miss me? It’s been awhile since our last post, we have been busy with our move, then finally took our Honeymoon trip to Europe at the end of May. I will post about our honeymoon soon, and share some of our favorite finds! Life is good Down Emory Lane!
Okay so as you know, we are renovating our fifth wheel camper to live in full time. It was in decent shape with the exception of a few walls that needed to be replaced due to water damage. My husband replaced the walls (you can read about the process here) while I prepped the rest of the place to be cleaned & painted. I took off every cabinet door, knob, handle, bracket, and drawer in the camper.
Of course I was so excited to start the painting process that I considered skipping the cleaning phase… but the camper needed it badly. It doesn’t seem like the previous owners smoked or had pets inside, but it had not been cleaned in a very long time and it showed. I spent an entire weekend cleaning every inch of the place, and I mean every inch. I scrubbed the ceiling, walls, cabinets, windows, drawers, shower & more! My first instinct was to use straight bleach, but I decided to go with a special super-duty recipe I read about online. The superstar of the solution? TSP!
TSP is short for Tri-Sodium Phoshate, a powder that can be purchased at most home improvement stores. If you plan to use it, call ahead to your local store to see if they carry it. Not everyone does! Using TSP has both Pros & Cons. It’s very effective, but it’s also toxic. Use caution when handling it, and don’t let it touch your skin. I wore long sleeves, long pants, rubber kitchen gloves, protective glasses & a protective mask.
Do not use TSP on windows! The TSP solution will permanently damage glass, so just use regular glass cleaner.
TIP- Roll the ends of your rubber gloves into a cuff about 1 inch wide. This will keep the cleaning solution from running down your gloves and onto your clothing or skin. This tip was especially helpful when I cleaned the ceiling.
2 Gallons of Warm Water
1.5 Cups of TSP Cleaner
1 Cup of Bleach
I used a large industrial sponge to wipe everything down. This solution is pretty potent so you shouldn’t have to do much scrubbing.
Overall, the TSP solution was extremely effective. I went through two entire boxes of TSP & 4 sponges that weekend, but the camper was squeaky clean & ready for the next step… PAINT!