We’re all washing our hands, cleaning our house because of coronavirus, but what about your vehicle? It’s important to keep it clean and sanitized, but you need to do it properly. That means killing viruses without damaging your car’s interior surfaces and at the same time healthy for the passengers.
Why It’s Important?
There’s still a lot we don’t know about COVID-19, but it appears the highest risk of transmission is through droplets from an infected person – they cough onto a surface and you touch it. It’s believed the virus can stay active on a surface for days.
Even if you’re always alone in your car, you could transfer the virus from outside surfaces. And, of course, carrying passengers increases the risk.
What Should You Clean?
You want to disinfect all the “high-touch” surfaces, including the obvious ones like the steering wheel and center touchscreen. But you might not realize just how much you touch.
This includes the door handles, inside and outside, and the grab handles to close the door; the key fob; the turn signal and wiper stalks; shift lever; starter button; lock, window, and power mirror switches; and the seat adjusters, whether power- or manually-adjustable.
But what kind of products to use?
Now in the market now. There are several ways.
- One of the most convenient methods is a disinfectant wipe, but that isn’t completely foolproof. First off, thanks to panic buying, you might not be able to get your hands on any. Secondly, they’re not all the same, and Ross guides us back to testing on a hidden spot. “The Lysol wipes were okay, but we found the Clorox ones left a white residue,” he said.
- Vinegar can also be used, but as with rubbing alcohol, it’s always best to test on a small area, especially on soft surfaces such as cloth or leather upholstery. With any cleaner, if the cloth turns the color of your upholstery, try something else. And just as it works on your hands, soap and water will do the job. Just don’t overdo it with the suds or water, because soft surfaces that don’t dry quickly can create mildew.
- When You’re Done
Wash your hands after you’ve used your vehicle, especially if you have passengers.
For a deep clean, consider taking your vehicle to a professional. Like some other shops, GOCLEAN uses steam to clean and disinfect the interior. To remove the residue, But no matter what you do to scrub up, continue doing it, even after the COVID-19 pandemic ends. “People regularly get sick, especially children, and you want to get rid of those germs,” he said. “Once your vehicle is clean, keep it clean.”