Washing your hands and regularly sanitizing surfaces is the most important thing you can do to help fight the spread of COVID-19, but one area you may be overlooking is your car!
Just think of all the surfaces that get touched in your vehicle. From the control knobs and buttons to the door handles and touch screens, there are so many components that we touch when driving. So the solution sounds easy, simply grab a disinfecting wipe and go to it… No, unfortunately, it’s not that easy! The interior of your car is made up of different materials, making it extremely important to be sure that you’re using the right products to disinfect your vehicle properly without causing any damage.
Alcohol solutions that contain at least 70 percent alcohol are effective against the coronavirus, according to the CDC. This means nearly every interior surface of your car can be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol-based cleaners that you may already use around the house. We know that everyone’s been cleaning like crazy, so if you’re running low on cleaning supplies, a simple solution of soap and water is just as effective.
Before you begin, first and foremost, make sure that you’re using a gentle touch, as most vehicle surfaces are comprised of delicate materials. First, focusing on disinfecting the most frequently touched areas: your door handles, steering wheel, the car’s shifter, all wiper and turn-signal arms plus the window and control buttons. Also, don’t forget the armrests, grab handles, and seat adjusters. Touch screens can also be hotspots for germs but try not to use any cleaning solutions that contain ammonia, as it can strip off the anti-glare and anti-fingerprint coatings that may have been applied to the screen. Also, if your car has any leather surfaces, be sure to wipe it down gently with a microfiber cloth as rubbing too vigorously could cause the dye in the leather to fade. Vehicles with fabric upholstery also require special care. Avoid using too much water when wiping it down because excess moisture could cause a musty smell or possibly foster mold growth within the cushions. Also, stay away from using bleach or hydrogen peroxide as both of those products could cause significant damage to the upholstery.
Above and beyond these suggestions, the first step to keeping your car clean and safe from harmful germs is to be sure that your hands are clean! By following best practices and advice from Health Care professionals around the globe, we can all do our part to fight the spread of COVID-19.
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