We’ve been told that hand washing and being sanitary are excellent ways to safeguard ourselves against the Coronavirus, along with wearing masks and social distancing. But with information being traded, it can be confusing to know what you should and shouldn’t be doing. One particular instance is with surfaces, including our cars. We’re still learning day to day something different with regards to COVID-19. How to clean the interior of the car using this new information about the virus?
When it comes to cars, people are a little leery. Our mode of transportation to places like the store and work all present a certain level of risk. If you touched a surface that had the virus or came in contact with an infected person, every part of your car could be a potential hot point for spreading the virus. There are estimates that the virus can stay on surfaces ranging from a few hours to 9 days.
For those that want to keep their property safe and clean, you might be wondering how to go about cleaning your car during these times of a pandemic. Take a look at these top COVID-19 tips on how to clean the interior of the car in this time of the pandemic.
Can your car get Coronavirus?
The risk of getting a Coronavirus in your car is slim. You are more likely to get the Coronavirus from a store or in a group setting than in your own vehicle with no other individuals in the car. If you were to transport someone with the virus, then you might be at risk for spreading the virus throughout your vehicle. However, again spreading the virus this way, an infected person would need to be present and touching parts of the car, sneezing, or coughing.
Those that are most at-risk for transmitting the virus via a vehicle would be Uber and Lyft drivers. These autos transport a variety of individuals and are at the greater potential for coming in contact with the virus. It is essential for ‘for-hire’ drivers to sanitize their vehicles after every customer.
How to clean the interior of the car to prevent Coronavirus inside?
Before getting started with cleaning the inside of your vehicle, consider acquiring a pair of gloves. Not only is this great for avoiding contact with chemicals, but it can also prevent touching infected surfaces.
There are many surfaces inside your car to clean. These can include the dash, the seats, carpet, windows, center console, buttons, door handles, and, most importantly, the steering wheel. Remember, for a successful cleaning, you’ll need to have some attention to detail.
What do you need?
Before getting started, you’ll want to make sure you have the right cleaning solutions and materials. Here is a short list of items you might need:
- Carpet brushes
- Microfiber towels
- Cleaning cloths ( or antimicrobial soap and water)
- Window cleaner
- Paper towels
- Spray bottle of water with equal parts of isopropyl alcohol and water.
To reduce the risk of coming in contact with the Coronavirus, if possible, perform cleanings at your home. If not possible, visit car wash when it’s least busy.
Cleaning the carpet and floor mats
Remove the floor mats from your vehicle and hang up. For rubber mats, you can wash these at the same time you wash the exterior. Simply rinse with water, apply soap, and rinse again. If you have cloth floor mats, use the spray of alcohol mixture after vacuuming. This can sanitize the carpet fibers. Note, just like hand sanitizer, the concentration of alcohol needs to be over 60%.
Cleaning the seats
Those that have leather or vinyl seats may find it easier to keep these surfaces cleaner. A quick wipe down with a Lysol wipe or an anti-microbial cleaning wipe can sanitize the surface. For cloth seating, you’ll want to vacuum then spray with alcohol. It isn’t advised to spray alcohol directly onto leather seating. Instead, you should spray the alcohol on microfiber towels then wipe down.
As some of these materials can stain, you should test the cleaning products in inconspicuous areas first. It is important that if you use alcohol on your leather seats, that you follow up with a conditioner. Failure to do so could result in cracking or discolorations of the seats. Meguiar’s® Gold Class™ Leather Conditioner is an excellent choice for preserving your car leather.
Cleaning the dashboard
Pay attention to the dashboard and glove box locations. Wipe down with a wipe soaked in alcohol or pre-bought cleaning wipes. Make sure to clean in between buttons and the vents. There are many areas that can be missed on the dashboard, including the instrument cluster or even inside of the glove box.
Anywhere that you may touch, make sure you wipe down or spray with alcohol. Again with cleaning with alcohol you’ll want to be careful with the material type. This will dry out certain materials making it prone to cracking. Ensure you’re using some type of conditioner for plastic surfaces if applicable.
Cleaning the windows
Along with cleaning the exterior windows, you should also focus on the inside too. Simply spraying with a solution like Windex and wiping up with a paper towel will do nicely. You can then go over with alcohol spray to sanitize. By doing the window cleaner first, you’ll eliminate any dirt and have a streak-free shine.
Have a professional vehicle sanitation service
Now that you know how to clean the interior of the car, it may all sound like a ton of work. Well, you might be right. Ensuring your vehicle is clean and sanitized can take hours to complete. This is especially true if it’s been a while since you’ve addressed cleaning your vehicle. Items including wiping down the dashboard and door handles, many have gone unnoticed for some time, but these areas are critical to be cleaned to prevent spread.
Professional vehicle sanitation services are an excellent way to eliminate the challenges of having your car cleaned and protected from things like the Coronavirus, without the hassles of purchasing products, finding a car vacuum, and avoiding unnecessary interactions with other individuals.
Bug Guys Pest Control is now offering virus protection plans that can sanitize surfaces, including your vehicle. These services are perfect for anyone that is looking to have greater peace of mind that their car, trucks, or SUVs are sanitized against COVID-19. To inquire about our virus protection services, contact us today at our website or give us a call during regular business hours at (442) 227-8409.