With the prevalence of COVID-19, protecting ourselves and our loved ones has become a top priority. While government action and testing have played a massive role in combating this pandemic, we also have a role to play in preventing the further spread of COVID-19 in our community. With the help of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we now know which household cleaners effectively destroy coronavirus and the proper technique for washing hands.
But what about our vehicles?
Our vehicles are the first things we touch after leaving any public place or space, making it a hub of germs and infections such as coronavirus. Therefore, it is crucial to keep the interior of your vehicle clean and germ-free, as it will play a vital role in preventing transmission to others, especially your loved ones at home.
How can I sanitize my vehicle to combat the spread of COVID -19?
A great way to clean your vehicle to avoid the spread of germs and infection is by thoroughly sanitizing it. According to Jeff Stout, executive director of global innovation at Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, isopropyl alcohol effectively sanitizes a vehicle's interior. However, the solution can cause a detriment in the vehicle interiors, especially if they are made of leather.
How to clean leather interior
To safely and adequately sanitize your leather interior, a combination of soap and water is sufficient. It is the best way to sanitize your hands, and it is effective for your leather interior. Soap is gentler on leather compared to bleach and alcohol-based cleaners. Not only does the soap kill the virus, but the washing friction also helps in the destruction of the virus. Avoid scrubbing hard and using excess water and suds.
Remember to put on a pair of disposable gloves before starting the clean-up, and remember to properly dispose of them when you are done.
How to clean the dashboard
Just like the leather interior, soap, and water is the best thing to use to sanitize your dashboard without damaging the surface. Using a damp cloth, scrub with soap for about 20 seconds, then rinse with a clean wet washcloth. Use alcohol-based wipes to clean the controls and buttons because water may damage them.
How to clean the steering wheel, handles, seat belts, and other surfaces
When sanitizing the steering wheel, the material it is made of solely guides the process. If it is made of leather, soap and water will be best suited to sanitize it. The same goes for the seat belts, handles, and other surfaces. However, because they are high-touch areas, using disinfecting wipes frequently is advised. If you aren't sure of its effects on the vehicle's surfaces, test the product on an inconspicuous area first for any discoloration or degradation.
These bits and tips will keep your vehicle germ free and minimize the risk of infection. You also get to enjoy the perks of driving around in an immaculate machine. Consult our auto repair shop today for any vehicle-related issues or questions.