The 1962 Globe Trotter we recently got is full of mice and bird litter.  I'd love some experienced advise on cleaning this up.  My husband, Henry, and I have just started and have thrown out most of the junk that was left in the trailer, shoveled out the majority of the rats nests, and pulled out the old carpet.

 

Now we need to scoop up the poop off the counter tops, stove, bathroom surfaces, etc.  It stinks to high heaven and I don't want us to get sick from the remains. 

 

How do you check for damage to wiring and plumbing? 

 

Any advise is appreciated.

 

Jane & Henry Pratte

 

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Be careful Droppings can really get you sick.


There are a few items you can really use. Rent a Rug Doctor and get the upholstery tool. That hot steam, being sucked up into a tank, REALLY helps keep bad stuff out of the air you will breathe. I also have an appliance called "The Steam Buggy" ... just a portable steam cleaner. There are several on the market and they are WORTH THE PURCHASE ACROSS THE BOARD. Any time I have some sludge, gunk, or other crap to clean, the steam buggy SOLVES IT.

HOT water. BLEACH, and a mold killing cleaner. Those are your friends. Stock up on your personal favorite cleaner (409, simple green , etc) and some polish and wax. After you strip it clean, that is only HALF of the job. You next need to polish and protect. Sealants, oil soaps, minwax, and my favorite metal polish of all time.... FLITZ.

http://www.flitz-polish.com


Next, I LOVE , and I mean LOVE the product called "What Odor". We had a cat who choose a corner of carpet while we were on a weekend away and I thought I was going to have to replace carpet. The product is AMAZING.


http://www.whatodor.com


I have also used a pressure washer on items I could remove and take outside. Cabinets, furniture frames etc.

Dont clean it inside. STRIP IT BARE. Take everything that can be reasonably removed OUT. Cabinet doors, bathroom fixtures, cammode, etc. STRIP IT BARE, then clean. Prevents the contaminated 'cleaning remnants' from flowing into other places.


Have faith, what is soiled will clean. Your labor will reward you greatly. Best wishes for an easy success!
Jim, you have given me some good advise. We've vacumned up using a wet vac a good deal of poop and nest material today. I appreciate your thoughts about Strip it bare and will look into a Steam Buggy and also Whatodor.

Henry is trying to remove the oven now and looking for "screws" that may be keeping it from slipping out of its "hole". He thinks there must be one on the inside of the oven, do you know?

I've removed all the drawers, cushions, and beginning to unscrew the woodwork.

Again, thanks and any advise is appreciated.
jane and henry
Jim, still following your advise to Strip this thing bare. The good thing about the job is that you see progress pretty quickly as the pile of things outside is bigger than the remaining items inside. There was significant mouse damage inside the wheel covers and the metal covering the wheels are quite rusty with even some holes showing through. Any ideas where to find replacements for those metal wheel covers?

Appreciate suggestions and advise.
Jane
One of the nice things about metal is it's easily fabricated. And those Colorado folks sure know how to weld stuff up! You might consider pulling the old wheel housing covers and use them for a template. Another way would be to find someone who has a donor trailer and pull these and other parts from them as you are thinking already. I suspect that fabricating new ones might be better and even cost less in the long run. We love sawz alls, liquid wrench and even occassionally a bit of heat from the torch.
Note: Torching is NOt propane line, wood or insulaton friendly.

There are about 10 vintage rv suppliers on the left of the home page. they're a pretty friendly bunch and you might also click thru to some of them and send a few emails on the various parts you need. You can also enter Airstream in the search box and all members with Airstreams will pop up for you to communicate with.

You're doin great!
Best to use a respirator or, at least, a good dust mask. Depending on your location, hantavirus is in a lot of mouse droppings and can be very lethal to some people.
Thanks for the heads up Elizabeth. I have been using a dust mask but do wonder if it is enough considering the amount of pooh and the stench. I'm considering using a pressure hose and washing out the insides. I don't think at this point there could be a downside, especially since we are considering taking this unit down to the "skin". Any thougths around that idea?
I have been doing the same. In addition to the bleach, blasting and de-ordorizing, we have used Kilz to prime all salvageable surfaces that will be painted. The advice to wear a respirator is right on. I, too, am having problems with the immoveable oven from our vintage Boles Areo trailer. It is almost impossible to get the gunk out without removing everything! Good luck! Happy trails to you!
Susan, how is your restoration going? We did finally get the oven out, yeah!. It is ruined so replacements of this and the refrig will be required. We are still finding poop and places where the insulation was used for nests. It's disgusting but I'm keeping hold of the hope that one day we'll have a unit that will bring lots of fun. The cabinets are outside now and it's on to the closets before we make way to the bathroom. Another couple of weekends and hopefully we'll be ready to begin removing the interior walls (which I dread).

Jane
Hi, Jane! We are moving along, albeit slowly. Congrats on getting the oven out. We have been removing cabinets and fixtures. I have just finished the fun task of sanding, staining, finishing kitchen cabinet drawers and doors and painting bedroom drawers. We are turning this into a "park model" with microwave/convection oven and dishwasher. The bathroom will have tradional fixtures including a glass vessel sink with waterfall faucet. We are having fun in spite of the stubborn oven. We are replacing the flooring with bamboo. My greenhouse is now stacked full of cabinets, drawers and the such. Can't wait to put it back together. I'm with you, I dread the interior walls. I am concerned that the insulation may be asbestos. That will be the next big hurdle. (Having to abate asbestos would really suck!) Then, it will be re-wired with a new fuse box. Have fun !
whew! all the trailer is gutted. Now to remove the interior walls and floor. vik led me to a website to learn more about removing rivets and to the Airstream forum to learn about the interior walls. I didn't think about asbestos but now that I read your notes, I can probably expect to have that in the walls as well. At this point, we are expecting to replace the insulation since it is likely to have rodent damage but again we'll need to wear those aggravating masks! Bummer!

Henry and I are having a good time working together on the restoration so that is a plus.
jane
Jane, you know, my dad always told me that education is painful...guess we're finding that we are really getting an education! Keep enjoying your labor of love. Have fun!
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