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6 easy-to-do semi-truck interior cleaning tips

A tidy semi-truck sleeper that has been cleaned and organized.

The interior of your truck reflects you as a driver, which is why it pays for you to keep your truck as tidy as possible. A clean truck is a true sign of a professional, as it helps you spread a positive impression of the trucking industry wherever you go.

Spring is the perfect time to clean out your truck – it may take a little effort, but it is so worth it to give yourself a clean working and living space.

Want to keep a cleaner truck but you’re not sure where to start? Here are six semi-truck interior cleaning tips to get your truck clean in no time.

Semi-truck cleaning tips that are perfect for spring time:

1. Come up with a cleaning schedule for your truck.

Some cleaning tasks, like removing trash, should be done every day. Others should be done weekly, monthly or even yearly. Sticking to a schedule can help keep you from getting behind on cleaning tasks and allowing dirt and clutter to accumulate.

2. Purchase some disinfecting wipes.

Messes are going to happen, but if you can quickly wipe them away from the surfaces of your truck’s interior before they set, it’s much easier to keep your truck clean. Disinfectant wipes are great to use on most surfaces inside your truck and can even help prevent the spread of germs that could make you sick.

3. Keep your work shoes/boots out of your sleeper area.

Your work boots can get pretty messy during a day of trucking. Keep that mess as contained as possible by removing your work shoes before you enter your sleeper area.

4. Get small — not large — trash bags for everyday use.

When you’re storing your daily trash in a larger bag, it can be tempting to wait until the big bag is full before you dump it, which can lead to unpleasant odors. You are better off using smaller bags for your everyday trash because this will encourage you to remove waste from your truck daily.

5. Invest in storage containers.


You can purchase storage containers at stores like Walmart for very little money. Once you have them, take some time and organize the items in your truck, storing similar items together. Once you get used to everything having a proper place, it will be easy to cut down on clutter.

For more organization tips, watch Schneider driver David Buck walk through how he organizes his semi-truck in this YouTube video.

6. Keep a small vacuum cleaner in your truck.


A handheld vacuum, used frequently, can be a powerful tool in keeping everyday dirt and grime from building up in your truck.

Following these 6 simple steps will get you well on your way to getting your truck clean and keeping it that way!

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Ashley Moore is a staff writer and social media manager based in Kansas City, Missouri, who has covered trucking and transportation topics for CDLLife and other online publications since 2015. You can contact Ashley at

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