How To Remove Bug Splatter From Your Caravan Stone Guard

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When you head off for a road trip with your caravan during the summer months, it's inevitable that your stone guard and hitch will end up splattered with dead insects. If you're away for a week or two, that's an awful lot of bugs to clean off when you get home, and they are even harder to shift once they've had chance to dry out.

So, how do you get dead bug corpses off your caravan stone guard and hitch? Read on for a helpful guide.

Tumble dryer sheets

The fabric softener that is contained within tumble dryer sheets can work quite well to shift dead bugs from vinyl stone guards. Soak the dryer sheets in warm water for a minute or two, and then use the sheets to rub the affected areas.

Allow the bugs to soak for a few minutes, and the rinse them away with clean, warm water.


The humble spud can also be used to remove bugs from small areas of vinyl, metal and paint.

Simply wash any soil from a large potato, and then cut it in half without peeling it first. Apply the exposed cut side of the spud to the bugs, allow the juice to soak in for a few moments, and then rinse the bugs away with clean, warm water.

WD40 or light oil

WD40 or light oil is extremely effective at removing dead bugs from metal, making it ideal for use on your caravan tow hitch.

Simply apply a small amount of oil to a soft cloth, and rub it over the affected area. Allow the oil to soak in for fifteen minutes or so, and then wipe the bugs away with a clean cloth.

Bug sponges

You can purchase special sponges designed to remove dead bugs from metal and fabric surfaces. All you have to do is soak the bug sponge into a solution of car wash liquid and warm water and rub it over the affected area.

The special formulation contained within the bug sponge, together with the strong cleaning effect of the car wash liquid will quickly and efficiently shift all the bugs in no time at all. You can also safely use the sponge on your vinyl caravan cover.

In conclusion

These are just a few ways in which you can get rid of bug splatter from your caravan stone guard and hitch gear. If possible, give the front of your van a quick rinse-off after every use to prevent a build-up of squashed bugs that will be more difficult to remove later.