Are You Properly Disinfecting Your Car’s Cabin?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, Tips and Tricks on Monday, March 30th, 2020 at 10:22 pm
Closeup of hand wiping car's fascia with pink cloth

How to Disinfect Your Car From COVID-19

As the coronavirus spreads across our country and the entire world, taking extra care to disinfect your belongings has become an urgent necessity. Official health resources like the EPA and CDC have determined that this contagious virus can remain viable on surfaces from three hours to several days, so disinfecting commonly touched areas is a best practice to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in households and community areas. For those people who drive on a regular basis, this includes properly cleaning the inside of their vehicle. Read on below to learn some tips on how to disinfect your car from COVID-19.

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Why is Important to Disinfect Your Car?

Although disinfecting your vehicle for the Coronavirus might not be the first preventive measure to come to mind, it is actually something you should consider in order to keep a safe environment. We spend a huge part of our day driving around, which means our cars can accumulate tons of microbes. Just by driving to the grocery store or making a stop at the gas station, you can come in contact with germs that will stay in your car, so it’s really important to properly disinfect it.

Closeup of hands with blue gloves on disinfecting the interior of a vehicle with spray

Tips to Clean the Inside of Your Car

The good news is that keeping your car’s interior free of viruses and germs is actually fairly simple if you follow a few guidelines:

  • The most effective weapon against the coronavirus is soap, as it interacts with the virus’s surface degrading it very quickly.
  • You can also use alcohol-based products in the form of disinfectant wipes to clean areas like the touchscreen, but avoid using them on painted surfaces.
  • Don’t use solvents like acetone, ammonia or kerosene since they can damage interior fabrics and materials.
  • Avoid using bleach except on simple plastics and painted surfaces.
  • Wear disposable gloves and clean all garbage and unwanted items.
  • Pay special attention to those surfaces subjected to repeated contact with your hands, like door handles, steering wheel, shifter, seatbelt buckles, rearview monitor, buttons and switches.
  • If you have a leather interior, be aware that many products can dry it out. You can use leather conditioner after cleaning to mitigate the drying effects.
  • When in doubt, be sure to test cleaning products on a small, hidden area to avoid damaging the materials.
  • Wipe surfaces down after you’re done cleaning so that chemicals don’t sit on the material for too long.

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We hope that you stay healthy and safe during this unprecedented pandemic. Our sales department will remain open but only by appointment. Don’t forget to check our blog to find useful vehicle-related tips and tricks. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Big Shoe Auto Sales.

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