Safely Sanitize Your Vehicle’s Interior with These Steps

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In the wake of COVID-19, a lot of people are giving the cleanliness of their lives another look. Your car is no different. Most people clean the interior of their cars when it starts to get messy and dusty. However, right now more than ever, it is really important that your car’s interior is as clean as possible, especially if you are still working outside the home or running a few errands. If you are not sure how to make your vehicle as germ-free as possible, we’ve got some answers for you.

Why Should I Worry About the Interior?

The coronavirus can actually live for days on the interior of your car’s surfaces. It doesn’t matter whether you have a plastic and vinyl interior, or a leather and metallic interior–the coronavirus can live for days on any of those materials.

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How Should I Clean the Interior?

Start with a good general vacuuming. That way, any debris in your car is out of the way. If you think you may have been exposed to the virus, you need to wear gloves to vacuum and clean the interior.

After you vacuum, go ahead and give the interior of your car a good general cleaning. Do not use bleach wipes or hand sanitizer, because those products may damage the surfaces in your car’s interior. Use an interior car care cleaner instead. This will not sanitize your car, however, so after you clean the interior, there needs to be another step.

You will need to sanitize the touchpoints in your car’s interior, to be sure that the virus that causes COVID-19 is gone. The touchpoints in your car are those points that you touch frequently. Touchpoints for most people would include the steering wheel, door handles, gear shift, glove box, visor, parking brake, radio and dashboard, and your turn signal. You may also touch your middle console frequently, so clean that as well. Your seatbelt buckle should also be cleaned.

To clean your car’s interior for the COVID-19 virus, you don’t have to use anything fancy. Researchers have said that plain soap (such as a dish cleaner) and water will get rid of the coronavirus. It does not matter whether you use cold water or hot water, either combined with soap will kill the virus. Dish soap also won’t hurt the interior of your car.

Be sure that as you are wiping down all of the touchpoints for your car’s interior, that you soak the cloth completely with the soap and water mixture, and then wring it out to get rid of the excess water. If you leave your surfaces in your car too wet, you risk a moisture buildup, which could lead to other problems, such as mold.

Your car’s interior should now be germ-free and you can leave it to air dry, or you can wipe it down with a microfiber cloth. We know that you may not be thinking about a great car purchase right now. When you’re ready for your next great car, give Certified Headquarters a call at 631.366.3700, or come by and see us at 873 Middle Country Road in St James.