According to every recommendation and indication provided by every health organization, disinfecting surfaces are a must, including inside your car, every surface you might have contact with. We have collected some useful information on how to sanitize your car , so keep reading.
We are living during a pandemic and we all need to take care of ourselves and our family, but this doesn’t mean we get a free pass from all of our responsibilities, so, we still have to drive. But, we need to keep it sanitized, kill any trace of possible germ that can affect our health.
How to sanitize your car?
Tips that will make disinfecting your car easy:
- Wear gloves when using cleaning products
- If the surface is dirty too, you need to clean it first with soap and water, then you can proceed with a disinfectant.
- Use clean microfiber towels to use on your car’s interior, it will be gentle with the surface but still making it clean and sanitized.
- Use disinfecting solutions that contain at least 70% alcohol.
- Don’t use bleach, hydrogen peroxide, benzene, thinners, or other harsh cleaners. They will cause damage to your upholstery or any surfaces.
- Soap and water are safe to use on top of fabric upholstery.
NOTE: If your car has leather interiors, we recommend you to have extra care on what products and tools you use. If you apply alcohol on top of it, it can remove the dye. You have to find a good leather cleaner solution and a leather conditioner to use afterward. Most of the cars with imitation leather have special protection, but, eventually, it will wear off with alcohol. A fast and handy solution can be using ivory soap and water to clean certain spots or spills.
What zones you have to sanitize in your car?
· Steering wheel
· Door handles, inside and out.
· Start button or keyhole.
· Rearview mirror, back, and edges.
· Trunk lid or lift gate grab areas
· A/C vents.
· Gear selector.
· Windshield wiper controls.
· Turn signal lever.
· Center console and armrest.
· Seat belts and buckle.
· Parking brake handle or release lever.
More recommendations for sanitizing your car
Your car is built with very durable materials, but that doesn’t mean they are damage proof, so be careful with hand scrubbing or using towels with rough materials that can leave scratches or discolorations on the surfaces. If you follow the tips written above, you know that you have a clear path using a microfiber towel and alcohol, remember to use circular motions.
Don’t use a lot of water to clean your car seats. If your upholstery is made of fabric, it will absorb all the water, leading to the formation of mold and give a musty smell to the car. Isopropyl alcohol can safely be used on non-leather seats, but it is not an ideal cleaning agent for those surfaces unless you have imitation leather.
About the frequency of how often you should disinfect your car, it depends, if you haven’t been sick or in touch with someone that it is, you can do this routine every one or two weeks. However, if you are in constant contact with someone that is sick, then, we recommend you to do this every day. You want to drive in a clean and safe car.
Another recommendation given by the health experts is that after you are done with all the sanitizing steps, you need to wash your hands carefully before touching anything or getting inside. This extra step will decrease the chances of the virus’s life spawn on the surfaces of your car.
Did you know that the steering wheel is the area with more dirt and germs inside your vehicle? This is because of the constant touching. If you start your drive with clean hands, it will keep it in a good condition after your daily/weekly disinfection.
We can’t emphasize enough how important it is that you follow every recommendation, starting from wearing a face mask when you are in public to wash your hands every hour. Your car also needs love and attention, so don’t take this article lightly and start your sanitizing routine. You and your family won’t regret the extra measures