Cleaning Up After The Burn

RENO, NV - Dust shaken from a floor mat and coating everything in its path doesn't begin to show the amount of dust just one RV can take in on the playa at Burning Man.

The thin coat of dust most describe as the consistency of talcum powder covers boxes of water, decorated bikes, and sometimes the roadway of the car wash itself.

Erika Schlick is described by most of her friends as obsessive compulsive--take a look at her costume boxes for Burning Man and you tend to believe them.

She says cleaning up their trailer will take up to three hours.

“Vinegar is really the only thing that will kind of help clean it. So even if you try and clean it with Windex, it shows up in a couple of minutes. Vinegar is the only thing that kind of neutralizes it, when you do your laundry put a little vinegar in the bleach compartment to get your clothes clean,” says Schlick.

Erika says once they are done cleaning, they will store items inside the trailer and warehouse it in Reno.

The rest of their items will go home to the Bay Area with them for next year.

She and her friends decided to buy a trailer instead of rent one to save money.

Renting, though, means cleaning is left up to someone else.

At Safari RV, nearly 100 trailers and RVs are just now returning from the Black Rock Desert.

Fully loaded, the vehicles came equipped with bikes, but also sheets and towels and dishes and silverware... all of which must come out of the trailers and RVs, be washed and cleaned and put back inside for upcoming events.

There is plenty of food and water left over from this year's Burning Man and many customers just leave in the vehicle.

Most of it is kept in a garage for employees to take, or used next year .

“We are never quite normal. We are always preparing for this event; this is like our Christmas,” says Safari's Dick Dixon.

Half of the RVs and trailers from Safari must be cleaned and back in working order by next week.

That's because they are headed to Stead for the Reno Air Races.


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