Keeping your Truck Interior Clean and Fresh

The average trucker can drive up to 125,000 miles in a year, so it’s important to keep your working, living, and sleeping environment clean, sanitary, and smelling great!

We love to use natural products in the close quarters of a truck interior, like this all-purpose cleaning spray, hand sanitizer, and glass cleaner. You’ll also want to add paper towels, small garbage pail (with lots of bags for frequent changing), microfiber cloth, and a small broom all in a handy box or milk crate.

Here are some items and tips that will help:

  • Have separate shoes for driving and walking around outside. Not only will this make your drive more comfortable, it leaves the dirt outside.
  • You should also remove your shoes entirely when entering your sleeping area/bunk. Comfy slippers can make a difference.
  • If you don’t want to change your boots when getting out of the trunk, you can also get overshoes like these.
  • Keep wipes handy for your hands, small spills, or for quick clean-ups when driving.
  • Wash the interior glass surfaces once a week. Buildup can make it harder to see, especially at night.
  • If you’re a smoker, or just want to keep your truck smelling extra fresh, these air fresheners seem to be the biggest hit among drivers: trees and vent clips
  • For longer drives, you might want to consider a travel air purifier.
  • Make you that you have everything covered with Seat Covers, Steering Wheel Covers, Floor Mats, etc. The covers should be washable – and washed at least once a month!
Silly trick to clean cup holders
Photo by Maxyne Tanha
  • Use an old sock sprayed with all-purpose cleaner on a water bottle to get to the bottom of your cup holders!
  • Putting dryer sheets in with clean clothes, sheets, and towels will keep it smelling like you just did laundry!
  • Use bathroom mats on the floor of your bunk; the softness is nice on your feet and they’re machine washable.
  • For carpets, a Wet/Dry vacuum like this one can handle dirt, debris, and even spills. Try to vacuum at least once a week under optimal conditions; three times a week in bad weather or sandy locations. Spread some baking soda on the carpet and upholstery before you vacuum to get a deep clean.
  • To really get your interior surfaces clean, use Meguiar’s Smooth Surface Clay Kit to pick up any dust and debris that normal cleaners cannot reach.
  • Borrow a Leaf Blower and use it to blast away any leftover debris. Alternatively, many truckers use compressed air canisters. They also find that they can install a blower right into the air system of their truck: video.
  • Have a coin jar for loose change, which keeps it handy and prevents it from ruining seats and rolling around on the floor.

Do you have any products that your swear by for the road? What’s your favourite scent in your truck? Let us know!

Cover Photo by Lê Minh from Pexels

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