Here at Unique Camping + Marine, we get a lot of questions about how to clean RV holding tanks. Maybe you have a clogged toilet, in which case our guide, Unclogging an RV Toilet, can help you get back on track!
Maybe you aren't dealing with a clog (or any specific problem), but you just want to perform a routine deep clean on your holding tanks to make sure you're staying in front of any potential issues.
Well, we’ve got you covered! Cleaning RV holding tanks is a simple and easy process for both black and gray tanks, especially when using Unique Camping + Marine products. Today we’ll outline exactly how to deep clean your RV black and gray tanks!
Before we jump into how to deep clean your black and gray tanks, however, we want to make it clear that simply deep cleaning your RV holding tanks semi-frequently isn’t enough to make sure that you don’t run into issues like clogs, pyramid plugs, or nose-wrinkling odors. In fact, you need to make sure that you’re putting the right habits and preventative care measures into place on a day-to-day basis to ensure that you never have to deal with time-consuming and costly issues again.
This is where The Unique Method comes into the picture! As the name suggests, this is our proven, all-encompassing guide for properly caring for your holding tanks - both black and gray. Thousands of RVers already trust The Unique Method every time they hit the road. If you’re tired of never-ending tank clogs or pesky odors, The Unique Method will be perfect for you!
Deep cleaning your RV black tank is simple! Unique Tank Cleaner will usually deep clean a black tank in about 12 hours (overnight while you sleep!).
Here’s the easy steps:
In general, it’s a good idea to perform a deep clean on your black tank twice per year - once at the beginning of the RVing season and once at the end. Our already-assembled Biannual Tank Maintenance Pack includes everything you’ll need to deep clean your tank twice a year! If your RV is stationary and rarely moves, it's a good idea to perform a deep clean like this every 60 days as waste tends to accumulate in these units because the waste never/rarely sloshes around.
Cleaning RV holding tanks is even easier when it comes to your gray tank! Oftentimes, your gray tank can start to stink as soap scum, food grease, lotions, or other items (even stuff like human hair from your shower!) slowly build up inside your gray tank. This can cause a whole host of issues, including unpleasant sulphur odors and misreading sensors! But thankfully, because there aren’t a lot of solids inside your gray tank (at least, there shouldn’t be!), restoring your gray tank through deep cleaning is very easy to do. Essentially, all you have to do is remove the grease that has built up inside the tank!
From our experience with customers, the best product out there for doing this is Blue Dawn Ultra Dish Soap. Yeah, we know; at first glance, it doesn’t seem to make sense to add more soap to a gray tank that is already coated in soap scum! But, in reality, tons of RVers use Blue Dawn Dish Soap to clean their gray tanks, because it’s an awesome grease eater. It doesn’t leave a residue layer like other soaps, and it’s a completely safe product.
Here’s the steps you’ll need to follow:
Like black tanks, it’s a good idea to deep clean your gray tanks biannually if you are a full-hookup camper. If you are a boondocker (dry camper) we recommend you perform a deep clean like this on the last night of every camping trip to avoid grease buildup inside your gray tank.
Routine cleaning will help you stay on top of any grease buildup that can cause your tank to smell or your sensors to misread.
If your sensors are currently misreading and you’re in need of specific guidance for restoring your gray tank sensors, the steps given above are a great place to start, but for some more pointed information and procedures, please see our guide to Cleaning and Restoring Gray Tank Sensors by touching or clicking here!
At the end of the day, deep cleaning both your black and gray tanks will not only help you enjoy your RVing adventure all the more without having to deal with nasty odors or the increased potential for clogs, but it will also help your wastewater systems to run optimally for years to come!
As mentioned above, we at Unique Camping + Marine believe that implementing the right maintenance habits and preventative care procedures is the absolute best way to make sure that all your RV trips go as smoothly as possible. This is why following The Unique Method is so important! The Unique Method is designed for all RVers, and it’s hands down the most effective and easiest way to treat your holding tanks. The Unique Method is a proven way to prevent odors, beat clogs and pyramid plugs before they cause issues, and maintain working sensor gauges - all without one ounce of caustic chemicals! Beyond performing deep cleans of your black and gray tanks, The Unique Method will also help you in the day-to-day of RVing, allowing you to focus more on why you went RVing in the first place: to kick back and relax!
If you need more help with anything covered in this guide, or simply have a comment, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re here to help you anytime!