You don’t escape cleaning when you move from a traditional home on land to a houseboat. Unfortunately, houseboats need cleaning and maintenance to in order to create a comfortable and healthy living space.
The good news is that houseboats are smaller than homes so the time required for cleaning is much less. But for the most part, most of the cleaning chores associated with homes are associated with houseboats to.
Here is what to clean on your houseboat:
(1) The Deck
You need to clean the deck once or twice a week. Your deck will either be a wood or plastic material and you’ll want to wash it and mop it to remove footprints and stains from saltwater.
(2) The Kitchen
Houseboats feature a smaller kitchen than traditional homes and will include all necessary appliances. This includes ovens, refrigerators and microwaves.
You should clean the oven in your houseboat once a month and clear out old food from your refrigerator everything. Each month you should empty the refrigerator in your houseboat and organize and clean it.
(3) The Bathroom
You will want to clean the toilet in the bathroom in your houseboat one time every week and clean the sink and the shower too. Our last post covered some of the unique aspects of bathrooms in houseboats but for the most part the cleaning process is no different than a home.
(4) Living Room
You will want to vacuum the houseboat carpet or rugs a couple of times a week with powerful suction to remove any moisture from the nearby body of water.
You should also schedule deep carpet cleaning or rug cleaning for the houseboat one or two times each year to extract all of the moisture from the carpet as well as common stains and soils. This is also a good idea for the furniture in the houseboat. A carpet cleaner will be able to provide upholstery cleaning too.
Cleaning the bedroom in a houseboat is similar to the living room. You will want to vacuum carpet in the room and clean any furniture in the room.
We recommend to clean the bedding each week. Go to the local laundry mat to clean the sheets and the comforter as well as pillowcases and any other textiles on the bed.
Cleaning Your Houseboat Exterior
We mentioned the need to clean the deck but you will also want to clean the siding or wood exterior much more often than you clean the siding or exterior of a traditional home.
A houseboat is subject to inclement weather and constant moisture. You want to avoid mold and mildew from forming around the exterior and prevent deterioration of the exterior. This will lead to leaks in the houseboat and an increase in energy costs for heating the boat.
You can see there are not too many differences between cleaning a home and a houseboat and the good news is the hours it requires for a home on land are much more than a houseboat.
Happy houseboat cleaning!