Horse Trailer Cleaning 101

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Horse trailers may be great for transporting horses, but cleaning them out can be a big pain. That's why it's so easy to forget about maintaining your trailer. If you use your horse trailer regularly, remove the dirty bedding every time you bring it home, and mark your calendar to clean out the trailer on a quarterly basis. When you do clean out the horse trailer, follow the steps below.

Clear Out the Space

Take out everything, especially anything on the floor. This includes hay nets, bedding and mats. Remove the dividers as well. Once you've taken out everything that isn't physically attached to the trailer, then you can move on to the next step.

Sweep, Hose and Scrub Inside

Use a long-handled sweeper brush to push all the biggest pieces of debris out of the trailer. Then, take a hose with a spray nozzle on the end and spray down the inside of the trailer with a strong jet of water. You may need to get inside the trailer to position yourself so the jet of water will spray out of the trailer, taking the debris with it. Once the inside of the trailer is soaking wet, then you can wash down the inside of the trailer a little better with a bucket of heavily diluted bleach. Scrub the floors and corners with the brush that you used to sweep out the debris. When the bleach solution has mostly dried, rinse off the inside of the trailer with a final strong jet of water. 

Bleach is a caustic chemical and could degrade some of the materials inside your trailer. When in doubt about whether or not to use bleach inside your horse's trailer, contact the manufacturer for guidance. 

Wash Down the Outside

Once the inside is clean, it's time to wash the outside. Spray down the exterior of the horse trailer with a strong jet of water from the hose. Use the long handled flat headed scrub brush to scrub down the exterior of the trailer. Make sure that the exterior is getting good and soapy. Be sure to wash around the tires and the trailer hitch. 

Finally, open the windows inside the trailer to ensure adequate ventilation. Leave the trailer to air dry. For more tips about how to clean your horse trailer, speak with a representative from your trailer's manufacturer. He or she will be able to tell you the best way to keep your trailer sanitary and in good condition. To learn more about horse trailers, speak with a company like Colorado Trailers Inc.

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