Our list of some important aircraft cleaning tips

If you own a private jet then it is most probably very important to you that you keep it looking its best.

However, keeping your aircraft clean on the outside isn’t just about aesthetics; if debris and dust accumulate on the exterior of an aircraft they can cause drag, and if antennas and sensors become dirty they can become less effective.

Cleaning your aircraft on a regular basis can ensure that your aircraft retains its value and that you and your passengers remain as safe as possible.

When cleaning your aeroplane start by taping over the pilot tubes, the sensors, and static ports; this is important to ensure that you do not cause any damage. Make sure that whatever covering you use stands out as leaving tape over a sensor by mistake could result in a disaster if it is not noticed during the pre-flight inspection.

Washing an aircraft is a relatively straightforward procedure. Aircraft cleaner, such as Simple Green, or Aero Cosmetics, should be rubbed carefully over the surface of the aircraft with a soft cloth in order to remove dirt and debris. The tail often attracts the most dirt, and a ladder may have to be used to reach the highest points.

In order to rinse the aircraft a pressure washer can be used, but make sure that you keep the setting on ‘low’ to avoid water seeping into the windows, and the windshield. In order to make the flaps easier to clean they should be lowered.

Avoid spraying the wheels with a pressure washer as this could result in water corroding the bearings; instead, clean them with the same detergent you have used to wash the rest of the aircraft. If dirt is hard to remove then leave the detergent on the wheels for a few minutes before removing with a brush.