The Best Ways To Clean an Airplane (Inside & Out!)

Sep 12th 2022


Cleaning an airplane is a big job. Whether you're a professional cleaner working for a big airline or a proud licensed owner of a small plane that you love, it's important to clean it both inside and out to ensure it's in good condition and safe for passengers. This blog post will discuss the best ways to clean an airplane. We'll talk about cleaning the cabin, the seats, the windows, and the plane's exterior.

If you're wondering how to clean an airplane and ensure it looks and smells fresh, here are some tips.

Cleaning the Cabin

The first step in cleaning an airplane is to clean the cabin. This includes cleaning the seats, windows, and floors. To make cleaning easier, get an all-surface cleaner like Release® that is designed originally to meet the high standards of aviation for cleaning aircraft. This product is unique because it does not damage surfaces, including any upholstery, plastic, aluminum, rubber, and paint, but rather associates with any type of soil, releasing it from the surface.

Here's the cleaning process using Release® all-in-one cleaning solution:

  • To clean the seats, use a vacuum with a crevice tool attachment. Vacuum all of the cracks and crevices in the seat to remove dirt, dust, and crumbs. Then, use a cleaning cloth to wipe down the seats using the cleaner. Be sure to get in all of the nooks and crannies. This is a core part of cleaning an airplane as people will be sitting in these seats. Seats should also be disinfected using a cleaning cloth and an EPA-registered disinfectant.
  • To clean the windows, start by using a dry cleaning cloth to remove any dirt or fingerprints. Then, dampen the cleaning cloth with water and Release® ready-to-use spray bottles. Wipe the windows down with the cleaning cloth. To dry the windows, use a clean, dry microfiber cloth.
  • To clean the floors, start by vacuuming every area, then mop the floors with a cleaning solution. You can find highly effective multipurpose cleaners that swiftly vacuum and mop airplane floors, so get one for a single plane or several for an entire fleet. Be sure to get in all of the corners. Airplane floors are one of the places where dirt and bacteria can build up, so consider disinfecting the floors too. This should be routine when cleaning an airplane.

Cleaning the Exterior of the Plane


The next step in understanding how to clean an airplane is to clean the exterior of the plane. This includes washing the body of the plane and cleaning the exterior windows. Airplanes get very dirty, and over time, a lot of dirt, dust, bugs, exhaust soot, and foreign materials settle on the surface of the paint. To wash the body of the plane, use a low steam pressure washer with a mild cleaning solution – Release® all-in-one cleaning solution also works perfectly for this. Start at the top of the plane and work your way down. Be sure to rinse or wipe off all of the cleaning solution.

  • For large aircraft, exterior cleaning is typically done with a cleaning cart. The cleaning cart has all the supplies you need to clean the plane's exterior, including a low-pressure washer, ladders, and buckets. They also have a long hose that reaches all areas of the plane.
  • The exterior window cleaning of an airplane requires a squeegee and cleaning solution that won't damage the sealant. Start at the top of the window and work your way down. Be sure to wipe off any cleaning solution that gets on the body of the plane.
  • Airplane tires also need to be cleaned regularly. The best way to learn how to clean airplane tires is with a tire cleaning solution and a brush. Apply the cleaning solution to the tires and scrub them with a brush. Rinse off the cleaning solution and let the tires dry. Tires should also be lightly lubricated with a tire protectant to keep them from drying out.

Try Out Release® Today for Aviation Cleaning

Release® is an aviation cleaning product that can be used on both the inside and outside of an airplane. It's safe to use on all surfaces and will not damage the paint or finish. Release® is also non-toxic and biodegradable, making it safe for the environment. Get it today and enjoy a proven cleaning solution for all your aviation cleaning needs.

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