Ensuring that everyday surfaces and items that you touch often, such as the center console or steering wheel in your vehicle, are as clean as possible is more important than ever in the wake of COVID-19. It’s important to sanitize anything that you touch often throughout the day but finding the happy medium between cleaning the surfaces of your vehicle and not damaging them can be difficult. We’re here to give you a few important tips and tricks on how to sanitize your vehicle while keeping it in tip-top shape.
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What should be sanitized?
If someone who has shown symptoms has taken a ride in your vehicle, you’ll want to clean just about everything you can think of fairly often to make sure you kill any trace of the virus. But even if there were no symptoms shown in your vehicle, it’s a good idea to sanitize often. Make sure to clean any frequently touched surfaces, such as the steering wheel, door handles, shift lever, display audio screen, steering wheel control buttons, armrests, safety handles, seat adjustment levers and buttons and similar things.
What should I use to clean?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol solutions containing a minimum of 70% alcohol are the most effective cleaning products against the coronavirus. These products should be safe to use on a vehicle. For instance, isopropyl alcohol can clean almost every surface within your vehicle without causing any damage. If you still don’t feel safe utilizing alcohol-based cleaners, or simply don’t want to, you can wash most surfaces with soap and water, just make sure to do so vigorously. If your surfaces are made of leather – real or fake – use the latter, as cleaning with alcohol-based products can lead to damage eventually. No matter which option you go with, utilizing a microfiber cloth would be best.
On the flip side, there are some things that you obviously shouldn’t use, as they can cause damage to things like your upholstery. These include bleach, hydrogen peroxide and ammonia-based cleaners. If you have any questions about how you should go about sanitizing your vehicle, don’t hesitate to give us a call!