Camping can get pretty dirty, and unfortunately this isn't exclusive to the great outdoors. Dirt has a way of following you inside your RV, and you need the right tools to take care of it. Most RVs will have both carpeted areas and hard floors, so you need to look into RV vacuums and sweepers to get the job done. We’ve done the dirty work for you and gathered a list of the best floor cleaning tools for an RV.
Having a good vacuum and using it regularly is important for keeping dirt from getting ground into your RV's carpet and creating lasting stains and blemishes. There are a lot of “lightweight” and “great for travel” vacuums out there, but they are not all created equal. Here are our top choices for each kind of vacuum.
Upright vacuums are the standard for homes, but RVs aren't nearly as big as most homes. When choosing an upright vacuum for your RV, you want to find one that is powerful but not big, bulky, and heavy. Here are a few we've found that work nicely in the tight spaces that RVs are known for.
The Dyson Ball and the Dyson Ball Animal (for pet owners) are our top picks. These two vacuums are virtually the same, except for the fact that the Dyson Ball Animal caters to pet owners who have to deal with pesky pet hair and dander. One of the unique features of a Dyson is that there are no filters to change, and the chance of breaking the belt is pretty slim. Dyson vacuums come with a built-in clutch that helps disengage the beater in the event that something gets sucked into it and jams it. This keeps it from spinning and putting pressure on the belt, and lessens the chance it will break. The ball that it’s mounted on makes twisting and turning easy and getting around those tight RV corners a cinch. All Dysons feature “Cyclone Technology” which allows the air to spin very fast. This creates stronger suction that stays consistent over time (unlike a typical vacuum) and helps prevent clogs. If you do experience a clog, the corner pieces are designed to pop off with the push of a button so you can easily clear the clog without hassle. The only downfall to the Dyson Ball is the $400+ price point.
The Shark Navigator was built for small spaces. It offers carpet and bare floor abilities, a hose with crevice tool for hard to reach places, and a premium pet power brush to clean up after Fido. Shark has ensured that the Navigator pulls most of the dirt away from the filter to help keep the suction going strong use after use. At just over 10 lbs., this vacuum is light and easy to carry and has swiveling wheels that make turning corners easy.
Black & Decker Air Swivel
This lightweight vacuum has what Black & Decker calls their AIRSWIVEL technology. It’s built to allow easy maneuverability of up to 170 degrees. This vacuum is great for both hard floors and carpet and comes with a 2-in-1 crevice tool, small brush, and washable foam filters. Weighing in at 8.8 lbs., the Air Swivel is easy to pick up and carry and simple to store.
A handheld vacuum is great if you have minimal carpet, hardwood floors, or are just looking for a vacuum to use on furniture or in small areas. Handhelds are light and small, so they’re easier to carry and store. Here are our top handheld vacuum picks for RVs.
Dyson V6 Trigger
Powered by the Dyson digital motor, the Trigger spins at up to 110,000 RPM! Using the same cyclone technology as the uprights, the Dyson Trigger has powerful suction that won’t fade over time by forcing the dust and dirt out of the air and into the bin. Each Trigger comes with hand tools for hard-to-reach places and a bin that is hygienic to empty. The boost mode allows for 6 minutes of increased suction power in the event you have a spot that needs it.
Black & Decker Lithium Flex
The Lithium Flex by Black & Decker is a cordless, handheld vacuum with a 4-foot hose, cyclone action for better and more consistent suction, and it has a floor head extension system to turn it into a stick vac! You’ll also get a 2-in-1 nozzle and brush tool, a long crevice tool, a charging base, and washable filters!
Shark Cordless Pet Perfect II Hand Vac
This vacuum is great for pet hair and dirt! It has an extra-large detachable motorized brush that allows for deep cleaning. It also includes a crevice tool, dusting brush, and direct suction option so you can take on whatever kind of mess you face! The wall-mounted deluxe charging station gives you a place to store the shark as well as all of its attachments so you won’t lose anything. When the filter gets dirty, just pop it out and wash it.
Sometimes just a good, old-fashioned, arm-powered sweeper will do the job! Having a sweeper in your RV can make cleaning up small messes simple and quick.
A stick sweeper is typically just a compartment that holds rotating brushes that are either powered by batteries or human strength. It sweeps up the dirt and deposits it in the compartment with no large amounts of suction like a vacuum.
Bissell EasySweep Cordless Carpet & Floor Sweeper
The EasySweep is an upgraded version of what put Bissell on the map. Since it’s battery powered, the brush can rotate quickly and can continue to rotate in one spot in the event you have a big mess that needs some extra attention. Its small design makes it perfect for the RV and it works on hard floors or carpet!
Oreck Restaurateur Floor Sweeper
Movement powers this commercial-grade sweeper so there’s no need to worry about charging it or running out of battery power in the middle of your camping trip. It’s built tough and will pick up pretty much anything from dirt and dust to popcorn and Legos.
Broom and Dust Pan
A broom is a broom is a broom, right? Not exactly. They may all look alike, but quality differs from one model to another in both the broom and the attached dustpan.
Casabella Height Adjustable Broom with Dustpan
This broom will fit in your hands no matter how tall you are. It collapses so far down, it can even be used as a hand broom for small areas. The dense, soft bristles catch and push all the dirt into a pile and the edge of the dustpan gets a tight grip against the floor so dirt can't escape.
Libman Indoor/Outdoor Angle Broom with Dustpan
This broom is precisely cut at an angle to get under cabinets and other tight spaces. All materials are made from recycled PET bottles, making this broom environmentally friendly. The included dustpan snaps onto the handle and fits perfectly over the broom for storage!
Quickie Angle Cut Broom & Dustpan
The angle cut into this broom gives you the ability to get into corners and hard-to-reach places! The bristles have split tips, which help them grab everything from large objects to fine dust and dirt particles. The dustpan is made to fit onto this broom and snaps onto the handle for easy storage.
With all these options, you’re sure to find something that fits your needs. Whether you need to do a deep cleaning job on carpet and upholstery or just sweep off your patio mat, picking the right tool for the job is key. These RV vacuums and sweepers will help get it done quickly and correctly the first time!