What Really Goes Into Aircraft Cleaning That Works

by Jordan McDowell Content Strategist

Aircraft cleaning is a process that is often taken for granted. People think that all it takes to clean an aircraft is just a matter of spraying a little cleaner, wiping the surfaces down, and vacuuming. However, the reality is that aircraft cleaning is a complex process that requires careful attention to detail across the entire aircraft, from the cabin to the cockpit, APU port to the landing gear. 

Here, we'll look at some of the key factors that go into a successful aircraft cleaning job to ensure it's clean and safe for both passengers and crew. So if you're curious about what goes into keeping those planes clean, read on.

Use of Proper Cleaning Products

One of the most important aspects of aircraft cleaning is using the proper cleaning products. Various cleaners are designed specifically for use on aircraft surfaces. These cleaners are effective at removing dirt, grease, and grime without damaging the delicate surfaces of an aircraft. Most airlines use multiple cleaners to ensure that their aircraft are thoroughly cleaned.

However, to avoid the risk of damaging the aircraft, it is important to use cleaners specifically designed for aircraft use. Cleaning products that are not designed for use on aircraft can damage the delicate surfaces of the aircraft and cause problems with the operation of the aircraft. For example, using a cleaner that is too harsh can damage the paint on an aircraft.

When choosing an ideal cleaning product for cleaning aircraft surfaces, opt for:

  • A multi-purpose product that can virtually work on any surface, like Release® that is available in the form of chemical dispensers for easy spray application.

  • A high-performance cleaning product that associates with soil instead of attacking it.

  • A cleaner that meets the high standards of aviation for cleaning aircrafts.

  • An effective cleaner that removes dirt, grease, and any organic soil from any surface without damaging the surface.

  • A versatile cleaner that is dye-free, fragrance-free, non-abrasive, and phosphate-free.

Use of Proper Cleaning Tools

Another important aspect of aircraft cleaning is using the right cleaning materials and equipment. Aircraft cleaners must be careful to use soft cloths and brushes that will not damage the surfaces of the aircraft. They also must be careful to avoid using too much pressure when cleaning, as this can also damage the aircraft. When cleaning the cabin, for example:

Aircraft cleaners will use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to avoid scratching the surfaces.

  • They will also use a microfiber cloth to avoid leaving lint or streaks on the surfaces.

  • They will use a window cleaner and a soft cloth to clean the windows.

  • And to clean the toilets, they will use a toilet brush and cleaning solution.

  • Cleaners will use a pressure washer with a soft brush attachment for the aircraft exterior.

Cleaning in All the Right Places

Thorough aircraft cleaning also involves cleaning all the right places. This includes the obvious places like the cabin and lavatories and areas often overlooked like galleys, closets, APU ports, and entryways. Crew rest areas and cargo holds are also important to clean regularly. A good cleaning crew will know where all the nooks and crannies are and ensure they are cleaned every shift.

Cleaning Under Pressure

Aircraft cleaners need to be able to clean under pressure - literally. Many surfaces in an aircraft are difficult to reach and require the use of special equipment to clean properly. This means that cleaners need to be comfortable working in small spaces and be able to maneuver around tight corners. Aircraft cleaners also need to be able to work quickly. Turnaround times for flights are often very tight, so cleaners need to be able to work efficiently and get the job done promptly.

Attention to Detail 

Finally, aircraft cleaners need to be detail-oriented. Every part of the aircraft needs to be clean and free of debris. This attention to detail is what ensures that aircraft are clean, safe, and comfortable for passengers and crew. It's very easy to overlook something when cleaning such a large area, so cleaners need to be vigilant. 

Cleaning an aircraft is not a simple task. It requires a team of skilled and experienced professionals to do it properly. The next time you fly, take a moment to appreciate the hard work that goes into keeping the aircraft clean. Thanks to these dedicated workers, we can enjoy a safe and comfortable flight.


There's a lot that goes into aircraft cleaning. A professional cleaning company or even in-house cleaners will have the experience and expertise to know what products to use and how to properly apply them. They will also have the necessary equipment to get the job done right. With the right approach, your aircraft can look its best and be safe for everyone on board.

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About Jordan McDowell Innovator   Content Strategist

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