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Ways to Clean a Car’s Interior For Covid-19

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Do you want to clean a car’s interior for Coronavirus, without creating damage to your surfaces?

By this time, we’ve all come to know that disinfecting high-touch surfaces and washing your hands are the two best ways to help stop the community spread of Covid-19. Regarding this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the most respected health officials in the world are of one accord. Routine cleaning and disinfecting saves lives.

This is especially true when you believe that someone with symptoms of the illness has traveled in your car. Unfortunately, cars and trucks possess many commonly touched surfaces. Examples of these are your shifter, door handle, and steering wheel to name a sample few of the many. In this scenario, immediate disinfection can make all the difference for stopping the spread of the virus. And if you regularly carry various passengers, it is even more critical to clean these surfaces.

So how should one disinfect all those surfaces without damaging your car?

Sample High-Touch Areas

Door Handles


Engine Start Button

Seat Belt

Seat Adjuster

Window Control

Mirror Adjuster

Gear Shift


Signal Indicator

All Dashboard Controls




Cleaners to Avoid:

To begin, there are specific options to be avoided at all costs. Hydrogen peroxide and bleach, for example, can do a number to your car’s upholstery. Additionally, cleaners with an ammonia base should be avoided. These can cause damage to your touch screens by removing anti-glare and anti-fingerprint coating. Moreover, avoid anything abrasive when cleansing a touchscreen, including tissues or paper towels. Finally, use common sense. Don’t treat all surfaces the same.

What You Should Do to Clean Your Car for Coronavirus:

Always Wear Gloves

Most importantly, wear gloves when cleaning and disinfecting a vehicle. The Centers for Disease Control recommends the following:

“Gloves and any other disposable PPE used for cleaning and disinfecting the vehicle should be removed and disposed of after cleaning; wash hands immediately after removal of gloves and PPE with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.”cdc.gov

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Use Alcohol Cleaners

The CDC recommends cleaning with alcohol-based cleaners with 70% alcohol is the most effective. Alcohol doesn’t just protect against Covid-19, but it’s friendly to most vehicle surfaces. Just keep it away from leather upholstery. Most leather has a protective layer, but unless you know the specifications, it is much better to be safe rather than sorry.

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A Soap & Water Solution

Another versatile solution that is truly effective on most surfaces, including leather, is a simple solution of water and soap. Just be sure not to scrub too hard, or get your interior fabrics too wet.

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100% Cotton T-Shirts or Microfiber Towels

In general, old cotton t-shirts and/or microfiber towels are a great all-surface solution that can be used almost anywhere.

Regarding Leather Seats and Surfaces

Notwithstanding that we’ve mentioned leather more than a few times above, it bears repeating. Avoid hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, bleach, and ammonia-based cleaners. Leather cleaning wipes are ideal, but a damp cloth with soap and water will likely do the trick.

Stopping Coronavirus

Certainly, the strongest solution to stop community spread is to just stay home and not share a vehicle. If you must share a car, however, drive a rental, get your car serviced, or transport others, then frequent disinfecting is the best method to keep yourself and others safe.

Professional Detailing

Certainly, if you are truly anxious, a professional cleaning is the most thorough treatment. Contact us today for a comprehensive list of cleaning services currently available.

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