Properly Cleaning and Sanitizing Your Car
Knowing how to properly disinfect commonly touched surfaces has never been more important than now, especially when it comes to modes of transportation. In this edition of our blog, we will be covering some general rules of thumb when it comes to cleaning and sanitizing your car without damaging the interior.
The first thing to do is clean out all unnecessary clutter and junk that has accumulated over time. You want to make sure you have access to every inch of your car for detailed cleaning. The next thing to do is vacuum the seats, carpets, and any other surfaces that could house dirt and germ particles. You will also want to make sure to clean out and vacuum your trunk. Even if you don’t use your trunk that often it’s better to be safe than sorry. Vacuuming your car will not sanitize it, but it will make it easier to do so.
The most important places to sanitize are areas known as “Touch Points”. These are areas in and on your car that people come into contact with on a regular basis. A few examples would be the radio, the seat belt, the door handles, and most things found in the main cockpit area. For this step, it has been recommended to use disinfectant wipes, a mixture of water and mild dish soap applied with a damp a micro-fiber towel or soft-bristled brush, and 70% isopropyl alcohol. It should be noted that areas such as touch screens might be damaged by these cleaning agents and should be cleaned using other things such as a 50/50 mix of distilled water and white vinegar applied with a micro-fiber towel or professional touch-screen cleaner.
Most fabric surfaces can be properly cleaned with a soap and water mixture applied lightly with a soft-bristled brush. Remember, the goal is to clean, not to create suds and bubbles that will soak into the material. Most leather and imitation leather surfaces can be cleaned with a mixture of mostly water with a small amount of laundry detergent applied with a micro-fiber towel or specialized leather cleaner found at most auto-part stores.
Finally, the most important thing to do is to make sure you thoroughly wash your hands before and after cleaning. You never know what type of germs might live on the surface of your car so it’s best to be safe.